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One of the most frequent questions we get asked about our car review, comparison and feature videos is where we film them.

YouTube user cjdacka asks:

Q: I wish CarAdvice wrote where they drove in their reviews. I’d like to check out some of these country roads.

A: Our video production teams are based in Sydney and Melbourne, but regularly travel to Brisbane as in the case of the Ferrari 488 video.

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Australia is a big place, and while for the most part we venture no more than 90-minutes from the office to keep things efficient, we have been known to wander a bit further afield from time to time.

Here are some examples of our recent video shoots from around the country.

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Click the links on the locations to open up a Google Maps page.

 


 

Luxury Family SUV Mega Test – NSW

Shot by: Glen, Brett and Sam
Presenter: James & team

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With over $1m worth of SUVs heading south form Sydney, we shot on the Belangalo Forest Road in Belangalo (and yes, some poor-taste jokes were made) for the introduction and off-road sequence.

We then headed to the beautiful Southern Highlands near Kiama to film the individual car and drone footage on the Saddleback Mountain Road.

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BMW M4 Competition – VIC

Shot by: Tom
Presenter: James

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A short drive north of Melbourne lies the town of Wallan. Heading due-west is the Romsey Road which gave us some open stretches of country as well as the great sweeping corners that offer a view across the valley.

The introduction outside the general store and the conclusion sequence were both shot just near Monegeetta.

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Toyota Kluger vs Mazda CX-9 comparison – NSW

Shot by: Glen and Brett
Presenter: Matt and Tegan

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Lawrence Hargrave Drive is more commonly known as the Sea Cliff Bridge and it winds along the coast just north of Wollongong. It’s a fantastic stretch of roadway and should be familiar to many viewers as we aren’t the only people to have shot car videos there!

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Isuzu MU-X – VIC

Shot by: Tom and Dave
Presenter: James

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The Toolangi State Forest near Healesville in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley is a regular ‘go-to’ place for filming, photography and off-road testing. The tracks and trails range from simple unsealed roads to very challenging mud-bog tracks.

The Isuzu video utilised some trails off Spraggs Road in the heart of the state forest.

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Ferrari 488 – QLD

Shot by: Igor
Presenter: Alborz

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Alborz spent much of his youth blasting up and down the winding mountain roads of Mt Neebo and Mt Glorious just outside of Brisbane.

These roads offer some challenging driving sections for vehicle assessment, as well as some stunning natural rainforest scenery for video production.

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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack v Subaru Outback comparison – NSW

Shot by: Glen
Presenter: Matt and Trent

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Sometimes the local roads just don’t cut it and we need to travel for a few hours to get to somewhere truly spectacular.

The Passat v Alltrack clip was shot along the Alpine Way in the Kosciuszko National Park, a solid three hours south of Sydney.

Weather is a key factor when shooting in the mountains, and in the winter months some of these roads can be snow covered and largely impassable.

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Porsche Macan GTS – VIC

Shot by: Frank
Presenter: James

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The Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne is just 60-minutes drive from the city and a provides a great variety of roads and landscape to film in.

The introduction to the Macan clip was shot on The Cups Drive, the access road to the stunning National Golf Course in Cape Schanck and the conclusion sequence on the cliff behind the Flinders Golf Course. Lots of golf going on down there.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance – NSW

Shot by: Glen
Presenter: Trent
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Worth a decent drive from Sydney are the roads around the Jenolan Caves, and the Golf GTI Performance video was shot near Lowther.

It’s quiet (important for filming) and the roads provide a variety of backgrounds for multiple shot styles.

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We hope this helps, and maybe you’ll bump into us on your next drive out!

We’ve got a couple more locations up our sleeve, that we wont share right now – we don’t want to give all the secrets away!

Have you got any suggestions or desires to see roads or locations committed to film?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

 




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