Mad Max Filming Locations

A guide to the filming locations used in Mad Max.

Due to being filmed around the city of Melbourne, the locations used in the first Mad Max are more identifiable, and therefore this is the most detailed locations list of the films.  Mad Max 2 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome were mostly filmed in remote outback locations, and with less different unique locations used, there aren't as many identifiable locations to list.

All filming locations are in Victoria (Australia), and Melways references given where available - a Melways should cost you about $30, and is pretty mandatory if you want to find things properly.  If any references seem wrong let me know, I don't know if some of these maps change pages between different Melways editions. For some locations off the Melways, you can buy topographical maps, try a good map place like Map Land, 372 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, phone (03) 9670 4383. The maps I've used are: You Yangs 7722-2-2; Manor 7822-3-3; Lara 7721-1 NE; and Kirk Point 7821-4-4.

One new way to visit the locations interactively is through http://earth.google.com. Visit the web site and download the package, then come back here and grab the file of Mad Max locations. Just open it up by double clicking. Any locations listed as (approx) aren't pinpointed precisely yet, and some are missing, so feel free to send me your updates. For some less interactive maps, a few selected locations below also have a Google Maps link.

Note that the list below lists the locations in the order in which they appeared in the film. If you just wanted to know about or visit a few specific locations, this list is probably your best reference. However, if you haven't visited any locations, and wanted to visit as many as possible in one day, then try taking a look at the day tour instead. This guide lists all the same locations, but lists them by location order, so that you can visit as many as possible in one outing.

A final note, when touring Melbourne try checking out Melbourne Pubs for a list of Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs in Melbourne - a great guide which features reviews and photos of the many Melbourne Bars, and also the Pubs and Nightclubs (but not the Little River Hotel - yet!).

The bunker Roop is sitting on is actually an old ammo bunker, and can be found on Point Wilson Road, southeast of Little River, on the other side of the freeway.

   

The side road where Max's Yellow Interceptor is parked is the intersection of Kirks Bridge Road and Turner Road. When Mel turns out onto the main road, the dip in the road to the right is where Kirk's Bridge is. Kirks Bridge Road is north of Little River, see the Melways key map on page 11.

The gate that Big Bopper slides through onto the main road can be found on Point Wilson Road, the same road as the bunker listed above.

Google Maps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-38.037275,144.523323&spn=0.006030,0.010546&t=k&hl=en

The intersection where March Hare, Big Bopper and the Nightrider hit the brakes and cars slide everywhere is the intersection of Little River Road and Old Melbourne Road. Melways reference 200 J6. Please note that the intersection has been modified from when it was used in the film - don't go down the wrong side of the road!

The roadhouse where Goose is eating is Pretty Sally Roadhouse, on the Northern Highway, just north of Wallan. Just head north up Pretty Sally Hill, and at about the top you'll see a scenic lookout point on the right, with a Great Dividing Range sign standing on it, and just a little further down on the left is a truck stop. The truck stop is where the roadhouse (now disused) still stands. This is now private property, and please be aware of the guard dogs! I'd not recommend going any further than the truck stop itself. Wallan is map 249 in the Melways, although Pretty Sally Hill is off the map to the north. Be careful not to miss the Wallan turnoff from the Hume, Wallan itself is only mentioned on one of the exit signs. If you get to Seymour, you've gone too far.

"Christ, they're headed for population!" Goose tears down Kororoit Creek Road on his bike, travelling east towards the Hoechst chemical factory. Melways reference 53 H4. This location is just south of Cherry Lane (see next location).

This overpass was duplicated in 2001, the original overpass now sits parallel to the new one.

Google Maps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-37.843823,144.785450&spn=0.005728,0.010019&t=k&hl=en

The scene where the MFP cars destroy vans, crash through caravans, roll over, and cause general destruction is Cherry Lane, Laverton North.  The cars enter from the north end, and the warehouse the bongo van rolls out of is still there (western side of the north end), but is now painted white. The phone box which gets knocked over was at the corner of James St - you can briefly make out the road sign in the scene itself.  Melways reference 53 K2.

Max's house is in Fairhaven (near Lorne), and was sold to new owners in January 1997, for approximately $650,000 (see The Age, property section, 19th January 1997).  The address given in the article is 310 Great Ocean Road. Check out http://holiday.domain.com.au/Public/PropertyDetails.aspx?adid=4242685# for some more info (the www.maxsbeachhouse.com web site now seems to be defunct).

MFP headquarters (exterior) is the Spotswood MMBW Pumping Station, on Douglas Parade, Spotswood (behind Science Works).  Melways reference 56 B1.

The interior shots of MFP HQ aren't actually at the pumping station (look outside when Goose is blocking the door, trying to attack Johnny the boy). They were filmed at the old Port Melbourne gas works, some of which has now been extensively renovated, and the rest of it demolished. The "Halls Of Justice" gates and background buildings were part of the gas works also, you can see some comparison shots in the sub-page.

If anyone knows where I might obtain some pictures of the old gas works buildings as they were, please contact me.

The underground garage at MFP quarters is the southern car park at Melbourne University.

The night time scene is actually on the West Gate freeway (the film was made just prior to the opening of the bridge). Melways reference 28 J12 (well, approximately anyway!)

The town which is invaded by Toecutter's gang is Clunes, in North Western Victoria, about 20 minutes north of Ballarat.  The shop that the bikies throw a towns-person out of is now a respectable cafe. The wide streets are still much the same as seen in the film. The railway station is also at the same location. (Thanks to David Bowker for this info!)

The Chevy gets wrecked on the Little River Ripley road, about half way up, heading out of Lara on the way to Kirk's Bridge, on the right hand side. Just look for all the obvious markings, the stone wall, the trees and logs, and the gate and fence.

Max and Goose are talking with the two people on the trike just southwest of Rothwell Bridge, Little River. The house ruins are still there. Melways reference 200 E9.

The beach where Toecutter's gang are hanging out, with the uptured car and where they shoot the mannequin, is Seaford Beach.  (Thanks to Luke Turley for this!)

When the Goose does a burnout down a straight street, with buildings on either side, this street is Claremont Street, South Yarra. Melways Reference 58 E2 / E3. Please note that this is a one way street. (Thanks to Robert Kelly!)

The nightclub scene was actually filmed in the Warehouse Nightclub (Claremont Street again), although the interior is most probably completely changed now. Goose originally met the singer when he stopped to help her with her car which had broken down. The scene was filmed, but was never included in any version of the final film.

The road on which Goose takes his wild ride on is Point Wilson Road, the same location as the ammo bunker which Roop is sitting on in the opening scene. As Goose makes his first approach, look to the right, and you will see one of the bunkers. You will also see that a shot from this ride has been used in the opening chase sequence, just after Goose leaves the roadhouse.

The Goose rolls the ute on Bridge Inn road Mernda, Melways reference 244 C9. Note that this location is now somewhat different to what it was when the film was made, see the sub-page for more info.

After Goose is burned, Max is seen driving up out the front of St George's Hospital.  This is in Cotham Road, Kew.  Melways reference 45 H7. The interior hospital shots were also shot here, although I have no idea exactly where inside the hospital (and it has probably been remodeled inside by now anyway).

The auto wreckers used was Craigieburn Auto Wreckers, Melways reference 180 E2. The building was still there until mid-2000, but the area is now fenced in on private property. See the sub-page for more info.

As of sometime 2000, the building has been demolished

Google Maps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-37.614956,144.950523&spn=0.005728,0.010019&t=k&hl=en

The beach Jessie goes to for the ice cream is Avalon Beach. This is south of Melways map 222, just follow Avalon Road to the beach.

Google Maps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-38.084300,144.428619&spn=0.005728,0.010019&t=k&hl=en

May Swaisey's farm house is now a private residence. If you happen to find this for yourself well done, but please respect the privacy of the people there.

The beach scene with Jessie and the dog is Red Bluff, immediately north of Black Rock. The camera is facing south, and the wreck of the Cerberus is either hidden by the rock or out of shot to the right. Melways reference 85 H1 (Thanks to Murray Price and Anthony Willey for this one)

The pub the Toecutter's gang is drinking at is the old Little River Hotel. It's still there, but looks radically different (no longer on a vacant block of land, the new pub is next to it, trees, grass, etc). Melways Reference 200 C5.

The Toecutter's gang steals petrol from the tanker at the two bridges near the intersection of Exford Road and Greigs Road, Exford. This is just south of Melways Map 117, see the key map on page 7. (Thanks to Hamish MacLeod for this elusive location!)

When Max starts chasing down Toecutter's gang, he is on Farm Road. You will need to travel down New Farm Road to get there, the start of which is at Melways reference 205 E11. Don't start on Farm Road itself, it's now a closed road further down. You'll need to travel down the road a fair way (past the Princess Highway) to get to the right spot. Please be careful on this road, every time I've been down there so far they have been hearding sheep up and down it!

   

Max continues his chase, and Johnny falls off the bike, on Kirks Bridge Road, heading east towards Edgars Road (again, all to the north of Little River). Looking towards Edgars Road, look for the tree line at the top of the hill, on the left hand side of the road only.

Max wipes out the 4 bikers at Kirks Bridge, two off the north side of the bridge, and two on the bridge itself. If you look at the bridge closely you can still see the white cross that can be seen on the pillars when the bikers go over the side.

Google Maps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-37.899742,144.481373&spn=0.005728,0.010019&t=k&hl=en

Johhny the boy makes his phone call from an overpass on the Princess Freeway. The approximate location is Melways reference 53 F9 - look for the railway line going underneath, and the city of Melbourne off in the distance.

Max is seen standing on the Maltby Bypass when the bikie gang ride underneath. Melways key map page 11, just below maps 204/205.

This overpass was demolished in late 1999.

Max chases the bikers up a narrow road, and has trouble getting around a large truck. This is McCormack Road (formerly Dogtrap Road), melways reference 219 A6. (Thanks to Graeme Row for this one!)
The scene were Max is ambushed and his knee is shot is on the Little River - Ripley Road, about half way between Kirk's Bridge Road and the Chevy wreck. I'd recommend taking an image with you from the film, all you really need to do is line up the road with the You Yangs (there are no other markers to this location).
The cut scene where Max cleans his knee is just over Rothwell Bridge from the House Ruins (see above). If you leave the house ruins and travel across the bridge, the river bank and tree are down to your left.

The Toecutter goes under a truck on Old Melbourne Road, southwest of Little River. Again, no landmarks to help find this easily (yet), but it's the only point in the road that goes over a crest like this. If you look carefully, there are actually two hills, with a small dip down in the middle. If you start at the southwest end of the road and head northeast, you should find this one pretty easily.

Mad Max Prohibited Area

After the Toecutter is killed, Max heads into the Prohibited Area. This location is on the Little River Ripley Road, heading out of Little River, just past Kirk's Bridge Road. Look for the crest of the hill with the dead tree, note that the view in the film is heading back towards Kirk's Bridge Road (so drive out, turn around, and then come back towards the location).

The final scene with Max, Johnny, and the hacksaw is Gellies Road, Sunbury. The bridge is Emu Creek Bridge. Melways reference 383 C5 / D5.

Note: Some locations I have discovered are privately owned, and for that reason are not listed. Additionally, I have noticed evidence at some other locations that people have been hooning around in their cars. DON'T let this be you. It's rather childish, and spoils it for everyone else when I'm forced to remove locations from the list as a result. Thanks.

If you have any further additions, please just contact me

 

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