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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?