The stunning exterior for Jay Gatsby's mansion is right in Manly
Sydney is increasingly becoming a popular location for filming movies in. One of the most recent star-studded movies to be filmed around the city was Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, the movie was an epic that took the box office by storm. But the actors weren't the only stars; the director used many different locations in Sydney to bring the 1920s setting to life. So why not take your own movie-set tour by going for a drive around Sydney to visit some of these locations.
Even without the added CGI the building is impressive
A central part of the film is the titular character's mansion. Here, the parties which have become synonymous with The Great Gatsby are held, and on screen the mansion appeared almost impossibly beautiful. But that's not the case. The mansion - or at least parts of it do exist, and you can visit it. Jay Gatsby's mansion was actually the International College of Management in Manly.
The White Bay Power Station made a formidable backdrop for the Valley of Ashes
Located at 151 Darley Road in Manly, you can actually drive onto the grounds and park your car to get a good look at where the movie stars spent so much time filming. The beautiful historic building is instantly recognisable from the movie, even without the added CGI that was included in the film to make the building even bigger.
Head down the driveway to Gatsby's mansion
For the less glamorous parts of the film, the White Bay Power Station in Rozelle was used. It was part of the background for the scenes set in and around the Valley of Ashes, and those who have seen the film or read the book will know how pivotal these scenes are. There are a few car parking spots in front of the power station, as well as across the road from it, if you want to hop out and take a few photos. The impressive structure is located at 28 Robert Street, Rozelle.
Some of the locations are instantly recognisable from the film
Other locations that were included in the film were the Waverley Cemetery, Centennial Park (which was added to Gatsby's mansion as a driveway), Botany Bay (for Gatsby's private beach) and the Sydney Polo Club in Richmond (for the singular scene where Tom Buchanan rides up an extravagant garden on a polo pony). The numerous scenes of wild car rides were primarily filmed around the streets of Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains.
It's exciting to feel close to the movie magic
The Great Gatsby is an iconic film not only for the way it adapted a classic American novel, but because it was filmed entirely in Australia. It's easy to feel a part of the movie magic just by visiting some of these stunning settings, and it will make you discover pockets of Sydney you might not previously have been familiar with.
Watching the movie will be even more exciting when you've actually been to a number of the locations used in it
Where: All over Sydney - see above for exact locations.
Why: To feel a part of the movie magic
When: Whenever the mood for a drive grabs you
Good for kids: As long as they don't mind sight-seeing.