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Australia the Movie Darwin Northern Territory Australia


The tropical township of Bowen in the beautiful Whitsundays is characterised by the lazy and easy charm of classic far North Australia. With wide streets, simplicity of lifestyle already akin to the 1940s and 1950s, Bowen needed only a 40 days cosmetic makeover to become the Darwin in which Lady Sarah was caught up in the disastrous Japanese raids of WWII; and the Darwin where she cracked her whip to drive hundreds of cattle through the main street of town. For Australia, Bowen became an outback 1940's town; reminiscent of Broome as well as Darwin of that era complete with outdoor cinema, police station, hotel, brothel, shantytown and stockyards.

Darwin Wharf


Featured as Stokes Hill Darwin Wharf in the movie, Bowen Jetty was originally built in 1865. Like Darwin, Bowen was the service town for the vast hinterland beyond, which made early settlement possible and the pearling industry to thrive in Darwin.


The Pearl Picture Gardens


Bowen movie theatre exterior was dressed in Art Deco style to become the Pearl Picture Gardens outdoor cinema of 1940's Darwin. The local picture gardens, 'Summergarden', provided some of the props for the movie Australia; its seats were replicated for the Pearl Theatre, its historical projector was used in a number of scenes and its entry tickets were also used for patrons at Australia's 'Pearl Theatre in Darwin'.

The Territory Hotel


The fa??ade of Bowen's Grandview Hotel was embellished for Australia to become the Territory Hotel; again a typical 1930's hotel complete with hitching rail for horses and steps up from the red dirt road to the verandah, reminiscent of the Roebuck Bay Hotel in Broome and other hotels in North Australia of that era when driving great herds of cattle through towns did happen.

The Darwin Police Station


The 'Darwin Police Station' is the only remaining building fa??ade from the original movie set for wartime Darwin for the movie Australia. The '1894 Police Station' was heavily featured in the movie. The township of 1940's Darwin was recreated for Australia on the large flat grassy area in front of the Police Station.

Darwin Customs House


Bowen's Customs House is also heavily featured in the movie as the home of the town baron, King Carnon Bryan Brown.