Film Production

Film locations

The Flinders Ranges region has developed a considerable reputation as a destination for Australian and international filmmakers. The huge variety of locations and their accessibility make the Flinders Ranges an attractive outback production base.

Landscape ranges from desert and salt lakes to mountains and gorges. Man made locations include an array of townships, sheep and cattle stations, highways, railway sidings and dirt roads.

The settlement of Parachilna sits on the Flinders Ranges plain and is central to a variety of locations and facilities. Jane and Ross Fargher, who own and operate the award winning Prairie Hotel, play a vital role in assisting productions coming to the region. The wide variety of landscapes are within a 45 minute drive from Parachilna.

Recent Activity

In May 2012 Home and Away cast and crew ventured from their Summer Bay set, for one of the very few times in their 25 years, to the Prairie Hotel and Nilpena Station. See Home and Away from Home article.

A Brief History of Films

Small and large-scale productions have been wholly or partly shot in and around the Flinders Ranges. They include:

  • Disappearance
  • One Night the Moon
  • Holy Smoke
  • Kings in Grass Castles
  • Napoleon
  • Epsilon
  • Serenades
  • The Territorians
  • Robbery under Arms
  • The Lighthorseman
  • Gallipoli
  • Rabbit Proof Fence
World renowned Director Phillip Noyce and Director of Photography Chris Doyle shot the feature film "Rabbit-Proof Fence" in the Flinders Ranges in November 2000.

International car commercials, and Australia’s Next Top Model have also been shot in the area. A wide variation of landscapes are within a 45 minute drive from Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges, making it an attractive outback production base.

This is country of desert and salt lakes, mountains, gorges, red dunes and vast plains. Man made locations include an array of townships, sheep and cattle stations, highways, railway sidings and dirt roads.

Jane and Ross Fargher, who own and operate the award winning Prairie Hotel, and nearby Nilpena Station, play a vital role in assisting productions to come to the region, and looking after them once here. Ross is a respected location scout and logistics manager to the film industry. Please contact Jane or Ross Fargher directly on (08) 8648 4844.

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