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Lion, the highly anticipated film based on the incredible true story “A Long Way Home” by Tasmanian Saroo Brierley, tells the story of a young man’s epic search for home. Set in Tasmania, the film showcases the magnificent landscapes of the island in all its rugged beauty.

Lion tells the moving story of Brierley – from his adoption by a Tasmanian couple at age five after being separated from his family in India, to his incredible journey to find his long lost family 25 years later.

Although Tasmania may be in a support role, her presence provides seductive glimpses of her pristine coastlines, uncrowded beaches and untouched wilderness on the world stage.

Tasmania certainly left an impression on Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman: “To be able to go back and do things like this (Lion), and we got to film in Tasmania which is one of my favourite places. I love it there.”

Lion - Cricket on the Beach

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We’ve brought together all of the key locations from this epic journey and set the stage for your own southern Tasmania story to play out. All you will need is a hire car and a sense of adventure!

kunanyi/Mt Wellington

This beauty is featured when Dev Patel and Rooney Mara sit atop the mighty peak, taking in Hobart city below. It’s a local fave, ever-watching over the city. Just 25 minutes from the CBD and one can watch the sun sink or rise, with the city and River Derwent sparkling below. Create your own mountain story with walking trails that range from short hikes under the Organ Pipes to more challenging climbs including Cathedral Rock. Stop for a coffee at the Springs or pack a picnic for the summit.

Mt Wellington - Lion

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The Candlestick and Cape Hauy

You can’t miss this towering spire and accompanying cape in the film – the dramatic manner it stands narrow and tall, defiant across a swirling Tasman Sea. Build your own story on the Tasman Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Hobart, by taking a four-day trek along the Three Capes Track or see the Candlestick from water level on a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Cruise. There’s plenty of shorter walks on the peninsula, part of the 60 Great Short Walks series, including a return day walk to Cape Hauy.

Cape Hauy - Lion

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The Bruny Island Neck

There’s a glorious isthmus in Lion. The isthmus joins North Bruny and South Bruny – the north has open pastures and is drier while the south is home to thick rainforest and South Bruny National Park. See The Neck for yourself on a day trip to Bruny, just 40 minutes south of Hobart, and be sure to climb the stairs – every single one is worth it for the 360 degree views. Take a guided tour, fly over The Neck or visit at dusk for a parade of Little Penguins.

Bruny Island - Lion

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Marion Bay

This stunning, uncrowded bay, with Cape Hauy as its backdrop is a visual stunner in Lion. Come New Year’s Eve, it’s not so quiet at Marion Bay, on the Tasman Peninsula when folk descend for the Falls Music and Arts Festival. Pack your tent for tunes, or visit at a quiet time of year – its only 90 minutes from Hobart CBD. The surf is great, as are the nearby vineyards, and the turquoise waters and pristine white sands.

Marion Bay - Lion

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Sailing and fishing around the Tasman Peninsula

There are scenes of Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and David Wenham sailing and dropping a line in and around the Tasman Peninsula. Tasmania’s waterways range from calm channels and clear highland lakes to one of the world’s deepest harbours – our maritime history runs deep. Exploring the Lion’s waterways might include diving, a fishing charter, high-speed cruise or boarding a former Sydney to Hobart yacht ready to set sail on a day trip or overnighter.

Tasman Peninsula - Lion

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Recherche Bay & Cockle Creek

There’s a taste of South West Tasmania in Lion that is unmistakable. As the film ventures down to South West National Park and Cockle Creek, the farthest point south one can drive in Australia, note the ruggedness of the landscape. Explore by foot from Cockle Creek, or take to the air with Par Avion for far-reaching views of this vast wilderness.

Recherche Bay & Cockle Creek - Lion

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Header image: Greater Hobart from the summit of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Photography: Paul Fleming

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