The Cultural Atlas of Australia is an interactive digital map designed to meet the needs of anyone interested in tracing the ways in which Australian places and spaces have been represented in fictional texts. The foundation of the project is a representative sample of 150 prominent, contemporary feature films, novels and plays set in the Australian landscape.
With the help of information contributed by members of the public, the Cultural Atlas is expanding to include earlier works and narratives set in urban locations. We do not currently map poetry, short stories, television series, documentary, or biography except where these provide important supplementary information to an already mapped narrative. To add your own images or contribute information about texts and locations, please contact the curatorial team via email under the addresses listed on the Contact page.
The map serves students, scholars, and travellers with an interest in Australian geography and culture. Potential uses of the map include, for example, plotting a literary tour, visiting film sites, or researching landscape and location in Australian stories.
The Cultural Atlas can be searched by narrative setting and shooting location (for film), as well as medium, title, author, date, and key words. For further information about texts and locations, we provide relevant links to resources such as AustLit, AusStage, IMDB, Australian Screen Online, Queensland Places, Dictionary of Sydney, and regional websites and organisations. The Cultural Atlas of Australia is a companion to these other excellent resources.
The Cultural Atlas of Australia is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2011-2013) and housed at The University of Queensland.