Filming Aboriginal Australia

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Getting bogged…

Getting bogged…

No four wheel drive expedition would be complete without managing to get bogged… and we managed it more than once! Fortunately it didn’t take us long to get unstuck, especially in Cape Leveque where a helpful group of Tasmanian’s thankfully gave us a push.

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Behind the scenes update with Warwick and Brendan

Behind the scenes update with Warwick and Brendan

It’s been great fun travelling with Warwick and Brendan who have squeezed as much as they possibly can into every hour of daylight as I suggest places and activities for them to include in our upcoming filming! So far the film ‘recce’ (abbreviated industry jargon for ‘reconnaissance’) has included: Sydney (The Rocks and Botanical Gardens) Queensland (Cooya Beach, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, Mission...

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Kayaking on a secluded tropical river

Kayaking on a secluded tropical river

I’m staying at Castaways at Mission Beach, which has the most glorious views of the palm fringed beach. I just love Mission Beach, which is a very small and laid back coastal town. It is from here that I get to do one of my favourite things… that is kayaking on the pristine, palm fringed waters of the secluded Bulgan River with the fabulously fun crew from Ingan Tours; Sonya, Doug and sweet Caroline. Whenever I come to Tully it seems to be...

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The Daintree River and a lodge right out of the movie Avatar!

The Daintree River and a lodge right out of the movie Avatar!

I had a great morning exploring the Daintree River with Dan Irby (Mangrove Adventures) and Juan Walker our Kuku Yalanji guide, who is the owner of Walkabout Cultural Adventures. The Daintree is just magic especially in the afternoon light.  Within an hour of getting on the water we had seen crocodiles, sea eagles, quite a few king fishers and a python. The river is so relaxing and listening to Juan talking about how he fishes out here under a...

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In search of mud crabs, turtles and mangrove jack

In search of mud crabs, turtles and mangrove jack

Now I’m totally in Queensland mode. I’m at Cooya Beach just north of Port Douglas and am catching up with the very cruisey and fun Linc Walker from Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours. I kick off my thongs and after a leisurely stroll along the beach head into the mangroves with Linc who is showing me how to look for mud crabs. This involves looking for a hole in the base of a tree then ramming a spear into it in the hope of hearing...

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Exploring the lush rainforest at Mossman Gorge

Exploring the lush rainforest at Mossman Gorge

After the adrenalin rush of quad biking on massive stark white sand dunes, I now find myself standing in awe at a totally different kind of scenery – and that is the lush green tropical rainforest, listening to the gentle sounds of Mossman Gorge. Yep, I’m starting to feel very zen as I walk through the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth, which is home to the Kuku Yalanji people. And better still, my guide Rodney from the Mossman...

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Behind The Scenes

KristiThis blog captures the behind the scenes action for the Filming Aboriginal Australia location scouting and shoot. As the Indigenous Experiences Project Manager for Tourism Australia, I have visited many of these amazing spots before, yet am still awed by the deep connectedness I feel when out here ‘on country’ with our wonderful Aboriginal hosts. Thanks for joining me on this journey, Kristi.

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