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Crocodile Dundee anniversary boosts tourism

It was expected that the 30th anniversary of Crocodile Dundee would provide a boost to tourism in Kakadu, where most of the scenes in Australia were shot.

Originally released in cinemas on 30th April in 1986, the film was a huge favourite with local audiences as soon as it hit the box office, and international success followed after it came out in the market on 26th September later the same year.

In terms of figures, the film was made for just over $8 million (£4.1 million), but grossed $400 million across the globe.

Regarding the movie itself, it showcases some of the most spectacular hot spots of Kakadu, including Ubirr, Nourlangie and Gunlom, and the area's Aboriginal heritage.

The film also spent a lot of time showing off the region's wildlife, and in particular its saltwater crocodiles.

When the movie was originally released, it helped to put Kakadu on the map and overnight it became a popular place for tourists to flock to. An industry was born there incredibly quickly, with crocodiles featuring as the main attraction.

Visitors enjoyed tours, with nearby Yellow Water Billabong built as one of the most popular places for cruises to catch a glimpse of crocodiles in their own habitat.

Kakadu Tourism is expecting that the focus of the film's anniversary will boost international and domestic tourism over the next year. In fact, the first quarter of 2016 is already looking promising, having shown its first significant spike in travellers in five years.

During April, visitors to Kakadu were given the opportunity to explore some of the sites that were made famous by the movie.

Rick Allert, chair of Kakadu Tourism, said: "In the 30 years since Crocodile Dundee was released, tourism infrastructure such as roads, accommodation and tour programmes have made visiting Kakadu much easier, but what hasn't changed is the unique landscape and Indigenous character of the region.

"It is still one of the most remarkable and beautiful attractions in Australia," which is the main reason why the tourism operator expects for people to continue to visit this part of the country.

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