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Filming Pirates of the Caribbean

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Amanda Skingle


Picture courtesy of Australia Tourism

Picture courtesy of Australia Tourism

Most of you will have, if not seen, heard of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series starring Johnny Depp. From the title of the films you would think that the films were shot in the Caribbean. For the first three films this was true, using places such as Jamaica, The Bahamas and Hawaii. But for the fifth film – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, filming finished last week in Queensland, Australia.

A lot of the filming was done at the Village Roadshow Studios, situated 45 minutes drive south of Brisbane International Airport. Some scenes were shot on location in Port Douglas, The Whitsundays and ‘The Spit’.

Port Douglas is a town in the north of Queensland, 40 miles north of Cairns. It is a great base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, taking part in scuba diving/snorkelling and boat trips. Port Douglas is well known for its many walks, golf courses and five star restaurants. The best time to visit this part of Queensland is in the dry season – which runs from May through to October.

‘The Spit’, officially known as Southport Spit, can be found at the north end of MainBeach on the Gold Coast and is home to SeaWorld Resort. Some water bound scenes were filmed here but the location had to be moved to Raby Bay due to big swells causing cast and crew to suffer from sea sickness! 

The Whitsundays are a group of islands situated off the coast of Queensland not far from the southern parts of the Great Barrier Reef. The best known of these islands are Hayman Island, Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Island itself. Some islands are no more than deserted areas of white sand. You can simply stay on Hamilton Island and enjoy the peace and quiet, join a cruise or get a bird’s eye view with a flight in a sea plane over the islands.

So if you want to follow in Johnny Depp’s footsteps call us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk today to start planning your bespoke, tailor made Aussie adventure!



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