Heading to iconic locations that have been the set for movies has long been a treasured tourism pastime. Now, the Wimmera Mallee adds its own movie locations to your must-visit list in Victoria.
Directed by Robert Connolly and starring iconic Australian actor Eric Bana, The Dry was a huge box office success filmed at various locations across the Wimmera Mallee. The film was released at the beginning of 2021 and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Jane Harper.
Key movie locations to visit in Victoria’s Wimmera Mallee
The Dry is a critically acclaimed crime thriller that does an impressive job of showcasing the distinctive landscape of the Wimmera Mallee.
To immerse yourself in this compelling storyline and the art of movie making, it’s worth setting aside time to watch the film before packing your bags and heading on location.
Without giving too much away, here are the key spots from The Dry that you won’t want to miss:
Renamed ‘Kiewarra’ for the film, the town of Beulah is at the centre of The Dry as Eric Bana’s character’s home town, to which he is returning to face his past.
Head to the main street and recreate the movie poster or take a walk through Beulah cemetery. As well as standing where Eric Bana has stood, Beulah gives you the chance to experience a true sense of regional Australia in this town of only 300 people.
Venture down to Minyip, around 70 kilometres south of Beulah and be sure to swing by the pub that featured in The Dry. It’s not quite a pub now — more a café and bar, and it’s the perfect place to stop for a great meal while supporting the local community.
The Dry isn’t Minyip’s first time on screen either. The town is renowned as the home of the 1980s television series, The Flying Doctors. Take a stroll down memory lane and visit Emma’s Garage while you’re there.
Featuring as a school during the filming of The Dry, Hopetoun Neighbourhood House is another location to check out as you explore movie magic in the Wimmera Mallee.
Whether you’re a movie buff or just love a beautiful landscape, the Wimmera Mallee region has something for every traveller. Head along for the film locations, and stay for the stunning surrounds, friendly local community and unearth all that Victoria’s amazing regional wild west has to offer.
*NOTE: With current COVID-19 measures, it’s important to plan ahead and contact the business you would like to visit to ensure they are open and you adhere to their guidelines. Here is a quick checklist to start your planning.
Written by Wimmera Mallee Tourism on 24 May, 2021