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The Tourist: Where was it filmed? BBC drama locations revealed

Jamie Dornan filmed on location in South Australia (Pictures: BBC)

The BBC’s brand-new six-part series The Tourist kicked off on our screens on New Year’s Day, starring Jamie Dornan.

The thriller focuses on a British man – known simply as ‘The Man’ (Dornan) – who finds himself targeted by a truck trying to drive him off the road in the heart of the Australian outback.

After waking with no memory of who could be after him, he attempts to piece together his own story across one of the most unforgiving environments anywhere on earth.

With stunning yet unforgiving landscapes captured for the drama, here’s a rundown of exactly where The Tourist was shot.

Stand by for a fair amount of dust.

Where was The Tourist filmed?

Dornan plays The Man (Picture: BBC/Stan/HBO Max & ZDF/Ian Routledge)

As well as being set there, the show was in fact filmed on location Down Under, and the cast includes Aussie actors Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’) and Mindhunter’s Damon Herriman, alongside Line Of Duty’s Shalom Brune-Franklin (who grew up in Oz) among others.

The Tourist was a 17-week shoot in the region.

South Australia

Danielle Macdonald is one of the Aussie stars who joined Dornan for filming in South Australia (Picture: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge)

Shooting primarily took place both in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, and more regional towns in the area, including Port Augusta and Peterborough.

The cast was spotted filming there in 2021, and Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, called it ‘the biggest TV production the area had ever seen’.

Speaking to the South Australian Film Corporation in December 2020 ahead of cameras rolling, he added: ‘The Tourist is a great opportunity for South Australia – the first Location Incentive production to locate to the state, bringing international attention to South Australia as a world class production destination.’

The Tourist was expected to create more than 120 local jobs and inject an estimated AUD$12.1million (£6.5m) into the area’s economy.

Flinders Ranges

The petrol station was built by the production (Picture: BBC/Stan/HBO Max & ZDF/Ian Routledge)

Flinders Ranges is the location of the petrol station in The Tourist, where Dornan’s The Man fills up his car.

The production purpose built the station for the show.

The area is home to the largest mountain range in South Australia, and boasts several locations with special protected area status, including the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and the Mount Remarkable National Park among others.

The range starts approximately 125 miles north of Adelaide.


The Tourist filmed city-based scenes too (Picture: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge)

Adelaide sits on the south coast of Australia, and Dornan and company were spotted shooting scenes in and about the city during their fourth-month shoot.

In fact, most of the filming took place in Adelaide, including scenes at the Frewville Motor Inn, a motel in the small suburb of the city.

Bali’s Kuta-Legian strip was also recreated in Adelaide’s North Haven beach.

Port Augusta

Franklin’c character Luci tries to help The Man remember (Picture: BBC/Two Brothers Pictures/Ian Routledge)

A much smaller city in South Australia, some scenes for The Tourist were based here, with the production putting out a call for extras in the area and in other locations in March, with shoot dates between April 5 and May 8, and June 21 and July 30 of last year.

Port Augusta is a former seaport and home to just under 14,000 people.


Peterborough provided a backdrop for some of the series’ scenes, and is located just off the Barrier Highway, which cuts a swathe across New South Wales and South Australia.

The area it cuts through is mostly remote and very sparsely settled, providing a perfectly mysterious and confusing setting for a man struggling with amnesia.

The Tourist continues at 9pm on Sunday on BBC One and is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.


Credit: Original article published here.

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