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Home > Screenings > Screen Queensland > Locations in Queensland, Australia

Known as Australia’s sunshine state, Queensland offers myriad, conveniently located urban, rural and natural landscapes and 9 out of the 13 global climate zones, while boasting world-class studios and an experienced local crew base.

Containing 6,973 km (4,333 mi) of mainland coastline with a further 6,374 km (3,961 mi) of island coastline, Queensland is renowned for its enviable beaches. Expansive white and golden sands, tropical coastlines, breezy seaside towns and palm tree-lined urban beaches can transport audiences to Hawaii, Florida, South-East Asia and The Caribbean. The Gold Coast will double for Thailand in Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, which recently filmed there. Later this year, The Whitsundays, bordering The Great Barrier Reef, will double for Bali in Universal Pictures’ Ticket To Paradise, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Far North Queensland as well as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hinterlands contain lush, dense rainforests with waterfalls and bubbling streams, standing-in for ethereal tropical paradises, dense African or South American jungles and otherworldly landscapes. Dora and the Lost City of Gold, as well as Godzilla vs. Kong filmed in the Gold Coast hinterland, standing in respectively for the Peruvian jungle and the mythical Skull Island.

Outback Western Queensland as well as South-East Queensland provide a variety of rural, arid and mountainous sites. These areas are rich in dirt roads, sleepy towns, colonial houses, dry grasslands and rocky deserts, as well as green meadows, fertile farmland and meandering brooks. Darlington in the Scenic Rim was utilised for Netflix’s upcoming action feature film Escape from Spiderhead starring Chris Hemsworth, offering an Americana, yesteryear aesthetic. For a barren, post-apocalyptic wilderness, Paramount Pictures’ Love and Monsters filmed in the wider Brisbane area and Gold Coast region. The dusty, red expanses of Winton in outback Queensland have been used for Total Control, Mystery Road, Goldstone and The Proposition, while nearby Cloncurry was selected for Season Six of the popular reality format, Australian Survivor.

Sprawling metropolitan Brisbane with its skyscrapers, bridges and modern structures can easily represent any contemporary cityscape such as downtown Tokyo (as used for Pacific Rim: Uprising), San Francisco (used for San Andreas) or futuristic megacities. Similarly, the Gold Coast is an ideal stand-in for glitzy, up-market coastal metropolises. In addition to contemporary buildings, Queensland’s cities offer exemplary historical architecture from the 1800s through to the 1980s, including municipal buildings, stately homes, industrial warehouses, railyards, churches, theatres and more to take audiences on a journey back in time. More recently, the brutalist architecture of the Queensland Art Gallery built in 1982, was ideally suited for Young Rock as a stand-in for The University Miami during the 1980s.

Screen Queensland, the state-government screen agency (headquartered in Brisbane), offers incentives to productions with a committed spend of A$3.5 million or more into the state. A further incentive is available from the City of Gold Coast to productions that spend in excess of A$1.5 million in the region. Additionally, Screen Queensland partners with local city councils through their Film Friendly Pathways program, which prepares local jurisdictions to provide easier, time-saving access to film locations.

Visit the Screen Queensland website to learn more about their production attraction incentives and browse their location directory Contact the team today to help you find the perfect location for your upcoming feature film or series.
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