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8 movies where scenery is the star

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 18, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
Lake Salome, Tasmania

Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Tasmanian Expeditions

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'The Hunter,' Tasmania

This understated thriller was not a box office smash when it was released in 2011. However, it was set in one of the world's most beautiful places. Filmed on the Australian island of Tasmania, "The Hunter" features Willem Dafoe as a mercenary hired to locate and extract the DNA from the last remaining Tasmanian tiger. The high-quality acting and writing of are often overshadowed by the unique landscapes in which the story is set. It is possible to visit the old-growth forests, highland lakes and valleys that Dafoe travels in the film.

The Hunter movie posterThe Upper Florentine Valley, where some of the filming took place, can be reached via a three-hour drive from the provincial capital of Hobart. The lake and wetland-filled Central Plateau Conservation Area, where the most scenic outdoor scenes were shot, is a protected part of Tasmania that can be explored on foot or by boat. Visitors can also spend time in the adjacent Walls of Jerusalem National Park, which has unique rock formations, pine forests and lakes (including Lake Salome, shown here).