Experience Gatsby-mania in Sydney and surrounds

27 May 2013

Centennial Park Sydney

It isn't every day that Sydney gets to stand in for the bright lights of New York City, but when Aussie director Baz Luhrmann got his hands on the latest film adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, that is exactly what happened!

As a result, Sydney gets to play a starring role in one of the most hotly-anticipated films of the year – and if you've been gripped by Great Gatsby fever, there are some exciting destinations you won't want to miss in the harbour city.

See where the Sydney magic happened

A number of prominent Sydney landmarks stand in for the exciting world of Long Island in the 1920s – and best of all, you can visit most of them for next to nothing!

Thanks to the magic of cinema, Centennial Park became the gardens of Gatsby's home, St Patrick's College in Manly was transformed into a stately New York mansion and new life was breathed into the abandoned Rozelle Power Station near Balmain, which doubled as The Valley of The Ashes.

Why not set off on a self-guided tour to see these fascinating sights firsthand?

Channel the spirit of the 1920s

If you're keen to evoke the spirit of the heady Roaring Twenties, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get your Gatsby fix in Sydney this winter. Alternatively, each February, the Blue Mountains plays host to a brilliant 1920s-themed event – you won't want to miss the Roaring '20s & All That Jazz Festival next summer.

There are also brilliant '20s venues in Sydney to check out all year-round. For example, Ketel One Bar Tours offers a themed 1920s bar tour for those who are keen to check out Sydney's best nightspots with a bit of timeless appeal, while Palmer & Co offers up a vibrant underground speakeasy that promises a great time for everyone.

Elsewhere, gentlemen may wish to partake in the classic tradition of the wet shave – check out the Old Fashioned Barber Shop in QT Sydney, or the Surry Hills-based Cleveland's Salon and Cafe for a shaving experience you won't forget.

Ladies may likewise wish to take a style cue from The Great Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan by accessorising with the hottest Tiffany jewellery – you'll be able to see her diamond and platinum headpiece and pearl bracelets in the film. Check out the Tiffany boutique on Castlereagh Street in the Sydney CBD and choose a luxurious piece of jewellery that is all your own!

Follow in the footsteps of the stars of The Great Gatsby

During the filming of The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton,Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher and a host of other big names set up residence in Sydney.

You can follow in their footsteps by paying a visit to Darling Harbour – Leonardo DiCaprio was a guest at Astral Towers in Pyrmont during the shoot and could often be seen at many of The Star's dining destinations when filming had wrapped for the day.

Another great option for Gatsby-maniacs is Rockpool Bar & Grill, which hosted a star-studded Sydney premiere of the film for its cast and crew. The venue, complete with a celebratory red carpet, served up a host of 1920s-themed nibbles that are sure to impress any crowd.

For something a bit different, you can also draw some fitness inspiration from co-stars Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire – the acting duo were spotted jogging on Bondi Beach during filming breaks. A favourite running track is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, which is popular among Sydney locals all year-round.