Unleash your inner Imperator Furiosa at these Mad Max filming locations


Who killed the world?!

Mad Max: Fury Road is the best action movies to come out in years. Decades maybe. I've already seen it twice in the theater. So, if you were wondering where this post-apocalyptic masterpiece was shot, you've come to the right place. We here at Roadtrippers have a thing for movies. In fact, we even created an entire sub-blog dedicated to filming locations of our favorite flicks. Just head over to Filmtrippers to see more movie locations.

Back to Mad Max...as you can probably guess, this wasn't shot in New Jersey. The movie was filmed on location in Namibia's Namib Desert. The barren landscape provided the perfect backdrop for the movie, which was supposed to be set in the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. Tour operators in Namibia are excited to see a rise in tourism to the area as a result of the film's massive worldwide success. 

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Principal photography was shot in Namibia in 2012, but it's not the only place the movie was filmed. There were also sets in Potts Hill and Penrith Lakes, both in Western Sydney.

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Filming was done in an insanely impressive 120 days.

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Mad Max utilized the empty, dry and arid lands of Henties Bay, just outside the city of Swakopmund, incorporating the cracked riverbeds of the Swakop River, and showcasing the Rossing Mountains in the background. 

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The desert has been described as a red sea of sand, and it fit perfectly with the tone of the film. Other filming locations included the Skeleton Coast, this is where all the sand dunes were filmed. The Skeleton Coast consists of miles upon miles of deserted beach and a coastline dotted with the bones of whales and seals as well as ships that crashed on the rocks just offshore.

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If you plan on visiting Namibia here are a few places that will make you feel like your traveling the barren wasteland like Furiosa herself (and there's a Green Place, as well): Etosha National Park, Namib-Naukluft National Park, and Fish River Canyon. When you're ready to rest your weary head there's Gondwana Safari Camp, Gondwana Canyon Roadhouse and Gondwana Kalahari Anib Lodge (located in the north, middle and south of the country, respectively).

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