While we’re not sure what to make of a Mad Max movie without Mel Gibson, we certainly won’t be complaining about Tom Hardy replacing him
! However, with director George Miller at the helm we’re pretty sure that Max’s legacy will stay intact.
Let’s be clear just because we're satisfied with the Miller and Hardy combination doesn’t mean Mad Max: Fury Road gets a free pass. We’re expecting an absolute blockbuster that we won’t forget in a hurry.
Top 3 Australian locations of Mad Max: Fury Road
Much of the film was shot in Australia, mostly in New South Wales
, so if you’re a Mad Max fan planning a trip down under, it might be worth checking out some of the filming locations while you’re there. We’ve rounded up some of the best settings for the fictional apocalyptic future for you road warriors in training.
1. Penrith: Extreme isolation
If thrills, action and adventure are what you’re looking for in big quantities, the scenes filmed in Penrith may be some of your favourites. During the filming, George Miller took his production team to the Penrith Lakes Scheme
, a massive quarry site West of Sydney.
The site was chosen with isolation in mind, so if you’re heading there, you will have to be committed to the journey. The expansive quarry allowed the crew to drive big vehicles at breakneck speeds and crash them into each other to their hearts’ content, without causing too much fuss or damage to the surroundings. Without giving too much away, you can definitely expect an action-packed finale to the film!
2. Moore Park: The entertainment quarter
A lot of the non-location filming was done at Fox Studios in Moore Park
. While the studios are not really a tourist attraction, unless you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of any stars currently filming there, it is an interesting site.
Once the former Sydney Showground
, the park is now part of the Entertainment Quarter
in Sydney. There are always plenty of events on around the area, so if you don’t make it into the studio itself, you could still make an interesting trip of it.
3. Sydney: pay close attention!
While the Moore Park and Penrith locations are based in and around Sydney
, a lot of filming took place generally around the city. Sydney isn’t exactly a secret hidden gem of a holiday destination and there’s plenty to get up to, no matter what type of holiday you’re looking for.
You can always consider viewing Sydney a little differently
and try to spot the locations from Mad Max: Fury Road while you’re on your travels around the city. Some places you’ve never been before might feel more familiar than they should – if you’ve paid close enough attention to the movie!
Planning a trip to Australia?
As you now know, Mad Max was mostly filmed in New South Wales, but there’s plenty more to see down under.