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Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed On The Gold Coast

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Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed On The Gold Coast

📷 :Denise Jans

The GC is a gorgeous spot. Pretty picturesque, we’d bloody well say. So it makes sense that, when location scouting, Hollywood would drop us a visit. Over the past 20 years, there’s been quite a few productions pass our shores, so here’s a few examples of major productions you could have drove by at some point.

Scooby Doo

The first live action Scooby Doo film was filmed right on the lot of Movie World! Inspiring the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster, this ultimate classic (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) was shot on film sets within walking distance to GC classics, like the Water Wild West Falls! Hopefully the cast got to enjoy some Aussie surf and sun!

House of Wax

This terrifying slasher film actually caused some considerable damage to Movie World. Filmed on the same sound stages that had housed Scooby Doo, there was a fire during production which destroyed some of the studios the park housed. A lawsuit ensued and honestly, for this movie, we hope they got their money’s worth.

Fool’s Gold

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson’s treasure hunting romcom was partially filmed on the Gold Coast, at the Movie World sound stages. Enjoying the best of the GC, McConaughey described swimming with a dugong while here, which is a better memory than two members of the crew being stung by jellyfish. Regardless, this classic is ours to claim!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The final film in the Narnia film series was filmed right on the GC, again, on the Movie World sound stages. Not just on set, the film also took use of The Spit and The Southport School, which is pretty cool if you ask us. The ship from the film remained on display for some time after at Movie World, with some costumes and props for viewing, which is pretty cool in itself.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Filmed all over the GC, from The Spit, to Helensvale, to the Movie World studios, this film was a true Aussie production. Not only did Orlando Bloom, who we will now claim officially as an Aussie native despite being British (it’s fine, his mother’s family is film Tasmania and he had a kid with Aussie model Miranda Keer, so we can totally do that), return (whew, long sentence) but the crew was vastly made up of local film professionals. Which, to be fair, should be the norm when filming in a foreign country. But since it isn’t, let’s celebrate this!

The Shallows

Filmed partially on the GC, this shark thriller is great, mostly because since the shark isn’t real, you don’t have to fear our glorious beaches. But you know what is real? Blake Lively’s stunts. The woman did that almost all herself! Respect.


Shot all over the GC, pretty much anywhere there’s water available to stick a fish in, this DC superhero film stars actual Australian Nicole Kidman, so we don’t even need to pretend she’s one. That’s ultimately the victory we deserve to end this list.

You may not realise it, but the Gold Coast is a great spot for movie productions, and there might even be one right now…BEHIND YOU! Just kidding, probably, we don’t know your life. But just remember this. Particularly if you’re making a movie. You especially in that case.

📷 :Georgia Vagim

About the Author

Kynan Clarke-Chancellor

Kynan Clarke-Chancellor

There’s something just so soothing about listening to The Veronicas 2005 album “The Secret Life Of…” on vinyl while reading a book about the inner workings of the Disney company in the 1990s. At least, there is to me. Gold Coast born and raised, I’m the product of beaches, movies and hiding in libraries from the heat of the GC sun. Always currently obsessed with Cruel Intentions.