Posts Tagged ‘Bowen’

Why is Tropical North Queensland so popular as a movie setting?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

If there’s one thing I don’t miss about Madrid is that it’s very far away from the beach (I miss everything else). But now that we live in CAIRNS we can get up in the morning and decide to go for a swim to one of the CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES. We’re discovering one of them on each trip, so it was time to go to KEWARRA BEACH, about 20 kilometres north of Cairns. Kewarra is a small community suburb, with just a few shops and some facilities. Compared to other destinations in Tropical North Queensland, it’s somehow underdeveloped, which is not such a bad thing these days after all, is it?. Here you have a couple of photos we took this morning. Isn’t it a nice place to spend your holidays?

View of Kewarra Beach, in Tropical North Queensland. Kewarra Beach is one of the Cairns Northern Beaches, a beautiful holiday destination in Tropical North Queensland.

Of course, we’re not the only ones who find Tropical North Queensland a paradise. Lately, the area has been used as the setting for a few movies. First it was Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman filming “Australia” in BOWEN. The film is set in the 1930s, and revolves around the relationship between a respectable English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) and a rough-and-ready cattle drover (Hugh Jackman). The two are caught in World War II bombing raids, which is where Bowen comes in: it’s the stand-in location for Darwin.

And now we have Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg in PORT DOUGLAS, filming a $120 million World War II miniseries, “The Pacific”. Although locals shouldn’t be too excited about having two celebrities in town. Port Douglas has become a popular holiday destination for celebrities and personalities, including actors, politicians and the rich and famous. Even Bill Clinton spent a few days in Port Douglas when he visited Australia, of course, many years ago.

But in the past, other movies have also chosen this area. “The Thin Red Line”, starring actors such as George Clooney, Sean Penn, Adrian Brody and Nick Nolte, was filmed between BRAMSTON BEACH, MOSSMAN, CAPE TRIBULATION, CAIRNS and DAINTREE. DUNK ISLAND’S unspoilt tropical scenery was chosen as the setting for the cinematic version of Norman Lindsay’s “The Age of Consent” in 1968, starring James Mason and Helen Mirren.

So, what are you waiting for to discover what film directors discovered many years ago in Tropical North Queensland?

A big mango, a big dam, and a brush with the Hollywood A-list

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Hi, it is my turn to write what we have been up to for the last two and a half days. Easy!!! After AIRLIE BEACH, we made our way to BOWEN, famous for its big mango, where Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are filming a movie. Wow, I’ve never been to Bowen before but it seems they have changed the town pretty much to convert a modern Aussie town into a old fashioned agricultural town. Even the buildings were covered with old traditional ads. Certainly, the town has an old flair to it.

On the set of the blockbuster movie, in Bowen.Our family, at the Big Mango in Bowen

Next stop, HOME HILL, a little rural village in the Burdekin area. The town attracts hundreds of workers willing to make some money working in the farms surrounding the area. So to me it seems funny to find so much accommodation in such a small place. But I’m sure the demand is huge…

Finally, after a hard day’s work visiting lots of different businesses which are going to be advertised on our website, hopefully, we deserved some time relaxing. Some of Steve’s relatives happened to live in the area we were visiting (how convenitent for us, wasn’t it?), so we kindly asked them if we could spend the night at their place. And we did.

I’m sure they won’t mind me saying that they, Bruce and Peta, live in the middle of nowhere, where they can run a pumpkin farm. We got there pretty late, so we could not see much of the place, but this morning I realised how HUGE their property is. Their house is massive and so is the shower, nearly as big as the tiny place where we lived in the centre of Madrid (I’m sure it crossed Steve’s mind how he could fit a Swedish netball team in there, but he maybe in his next life, my friend). So this morning we went to have a look around at what they call their private beach, a massive extension of white sand. But where is the water? Bruce was explaining to us that the Burdekin River runs just right behind their property. They call it the Mighty Burdekin, because when it rains, it floods everything on its way, including their private beach. If it wasn’t for the crocs than inhabit their river, they could have a perfect place to relax after a whole day working in the farm. But I think they try to keep out of the crocs’ way as much as they can. The funny thing is that whoever bought the next door property is going to set up a croc farm. Fancy having crocs so close. Although their neighbour assured them that the croc farm will be completely fenced, more to keep people out than crocs in. Aussie sense of humour.

Steve and Peta posing in front of Peta and Bruce's farm..Bruce feeding one of the cows.

After having a chat with them, I have realised how difficult it must be living in a farm. Both Bruce and Peta were concerned this morning watching another neighbour cropdusting his sugar cane farm from an aeroplane. Such pesticide kills broad leaf plants. And guest what, pumpkins are broad leaf plants, so I understand their concern.

Tomorrow we’re back on the road, slowly making our way to Cairns. Still a few places to stop along the way, but hopefully we’ll get to TOWNSVILLE by tomorrow night.