Australian movie filming locations

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By David Whitley

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Yellow Water at Kakadu, where Rogue was filmed.

David Whitley takes a look at the Australian locations put on the big screen by Hollywood blockbusters and a few more niche films.

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Baz Luhrmann’s predictably appalling Aussie epic starred Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who comes to Australia to deal with a huge property. She then formed a pact with a stockman (Hugh Jackman) and ends up driving cattle across the country to the backdrop of Japanese bombing raids on Darwin.

Darwin was a huge beneficiary from the film – and there are plenty of excellent war-related attractions there. These include the East Point Military Museum.

However, Darwin’s a bit bigger now than it was then, so Luhrmann and decided to find a stunt double. Bowen in Queensland did nicely, and this fruit-picking town on the Whitsunday Coast doubled up.

There were also scenes filmed at Strickland House in Sydney, but the other real winner was the Kimberley in northern WA.

Many of the cattle-driving sequences were filmed across the area’s rugged landscape, and properties that they were filmed on or around are fully prepared to shout about it. One impressive sequence takes place at the Pentecost River, by the Home Valley Station. Others were shot at the El Questro Wilderness Park. Meanwhile, the crew stayed in Kununurra for much of the film.

The Matrix

The sci-fi classic with the distinctly non-classic sequels was mainly shot in Sydney’s Fox Studios. But when technological trickery and studio effects wouldn’t suffice, Sydney’s CBD had a chance to shine. Chosen because it could be made to look like any other big city skyline (they avoided the harbour, obviously), a few key scenes were shot on the city streets.

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Our Smartphone Pockets Fit The Largest Phones! Plus We Offer Them On Both Sides For Righties & Lefties

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Our Pick-Pocket Proof Pants have had smartphone pockets from the very first prototype.

Adventure Traveler Smartphone Pockets

We were in Hong Kong in 2006 using a primitive smartphone running Google Maps (slowly). It was pretty clear that this would become the killer app and we saw the need to always carry a smartphone with you while traveling. Though they had yet to dream up the massive screen versions of today.

Our designer was the first to build a dedicated smartphone pocket into a pair of pants in 2009. Now that the new LARGER phones are becoming the norm, we are getting calls/emails asking if our smartphone pockets will fit the new screen sizes coming on the market.

The answer is yes! Our smartphone pockets are designed to fit the LARGEST phones sizes.

How they work:

We build a second internal pocket on both sides, within our front pockets (all styles of pants).

This second smartphone pockets allow you keep other objects in the same pocket as the phone. Basically, you can take your pocket back from being held hostage by the large phone sizes.

Instead, the device is held in its own pocket high up on the hip. Allowing you to keep keys, pens, etc. in the same pocket as the phone & giving you greater range of motion.

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Chinatown Tours Have a New Departure Location

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SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has established a new meeting point at the Grand China Hotel for the cycle tours – Cycle Chinatown and Bangkok Sunset Ride.

This will mean that the tour price will be reduced as hotel pick-up will no longer be included. If customers still require to be picked up from their hotel, it can be arranged, but at an additional cost.

Riders will also gain more cycling – the Cycle Chinatown tour distance will be increased from 15km to 22km, and Bangkok Sunset Ride from 15km to 20km.

Daniel Moylan, Chief Adventure Manager of SpiceRoads says, “This new location in the heart of Chinatown allows us to charge less for our tours and provides the ideal start location for several tours including our current tours – Cycle Chinatown and Bangkok Sunset Ride”.

Customers arriving at the Grand China Hotel should walk into the main entrance of the hotel and look for the SpiceRoads desk near the lifts. The Chinatown tour meets at 0800 for a 0815 departure, and the Bangkok Sunset Ride 1600 for a 1615 departure.

The Grand China Hotel is located at:
215 Yaowarat Road
Sampanthawong
Bangkok, 10100

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Elevate Destinations, A Pioneer in the Green Travel Industry, Announces its Innovative “Buy A Trip, Give a Trip” Program

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For every trip that travelers purchase, Elevate Destinations organizes a corresponding trip that allows children in developing world destinations to enjoy some of the same excursions as tourists.

Example trips include helping young people in South Africa visit Robben Island, children in Peru to climb Machu Picchu, or Kenyans to see an elephant for the first time.

Partnering with local NGOs, and in-country travel suppliers, Elevate sponsors outings for youth groups that otherwise would have no way of seeing some of the sights that draw thousands of tourists to their countries every year. Visiting historical sites and getting up close with wildlife is an immeasurable contribution to local youth who are looking to understand the society they live in and better their lives.

Taking Buy-one-give-one to a New Level

Building on the model of TOMS shoes or Warby Parker glasses, Elevate is charting new territory and bringing the buy-one-give-one model away from physical objects and towards experiences. Where other B1G1 companies focus on consumer goods, we believe that experiences hold greater power to change lives and create social impact.

Rather than giving away an object, we share the power of travel and connection with the environment. Our goal is not to replace basic needs, but to permit local youth to understand the society they live in and access new horizons.

Expanding the buy-one-give-one model to include experiences is the beginning of a trend. We will start to see more companies doing this in the coming years, and Elevate is proud to be at the forefront of this movement.

People have often said that the model would never work for travel, but we’ve found a way to break those preconceived notions. Luxury travelers can plan their holidays, while knowing that they are sharing the joy of travel with young people in developing …read more

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Vermont State Calendar of Events: October Harvest, Heritage and Foliage Festivals Abound

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Montpelier, VT – The month of October marks peak foliage and several harvest and heritage festivals honor this dynamic change of seasons. Here’s a sampler of the 200 various events on VermontVacation.com:

The 39 Steps
Now to October 19, Montpelier
A Hitchcock masterpiece + a juicy spy novel + Monty Python + romance + old- timey stage-craft x a ridiculously talented cast of 4 = The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for theater lovers! www.LostNationtheater.org

Richmond Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper
October 1, Richmond
The fare features chicken pie, mashed potatoes, winter squash, and cole slaw topped off with apple or pumpkin pie. Reservations are required. www.rccucc.org

A Century after World War I: Are We Sleepwalking Again?
October 1, Manchester
It’s been said that in 1914 Europe sleepwalked into a war no one wanted. Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers whether current geopolitics might play out similarly. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

KAG Meet the Artist Series with Susan Wacker-Donle
October 2, Killington
Vermont Photographer and Graphic Designer Susan Wacker-Donle presents her strategies and techniques for shooting moving water. Hosted by the Killington Arts Guild and the Birch Ridge Inn. www.birchridge.com

Chicken Pie Supper
October 2, Waterbury Center
Waterbury Center Community Church welcomes you to its annual Chicken Pie Supper. The menu includes: chicken pie, mashed potato, squash, cole slaw, pie & beverages. Church is on Route 100 by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Take out is available. Reservations: 1-802-244-8955.

Vermont History Through Song
October 2, 12 & 26, St. Johnsbury, East Hardwick & Brookfield
Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs by Vermonters, found in the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

Brattleboro Literary Festival
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