WALKABOUT Creek, population 15, wants to bring back Mick.

"Never say never,'' Frank Wust, bush publican in the tiny outback Queensland town of McKinlay, said yesterday.

"We've lost our irreverent Aussie larrikin spirit, our sense of a fair go, the ability to take the piss out of each other and have a laugh.

"Everyone is too serious. It's time to bring back Dundee.''

The locals want to see the star-studded trailer for a reboot of Crocodile Dundee - actually a Tourism Australia Super Bowl ad - become reality.

Frank Wust, owner of the Walkabout Creek Hotel, leads the cry of “Bring Back Dundee” at the pub where the movie was filmed, with McKinlay locals in the back of Wally’s original truck. Picture: Lachie Millard
Frank Wust, owner of the Walkabout Creek Hotel, leads the cry of “Bring Back Dundee” at the pub where the movie was filmed, with McKinlay locals in the back of Wally’s original truck. Picture: Lachie Millard

In October last year, the locals were sworn to secrecy when the cast flew in to film the viral marketing campaign at Adels Grove, 319km northwest of Mount Isa.

Some scenes were also shot at Mission Beach in far north Queensland.

Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Ruby Rose and American comedian Danny McBride all feature in the "trailer".

"It's such a great storyline, with all those amazing Australian actors," said Mr Wust. "They are hilarious, imagine how good it could be.

"But it's hard to believe Mick the bushman is lost.

"Maybe, like our cultural soul, he's just gone walkabout.''

McKinlay, on the open plains of the nation's dried-up ancient inland sea, is the spiritual home of Crocodile Dundee.

In 1985, the entire township - with one pub, a CWA hall and a service station - was completely taken over by Paul Hogan, cast and crew.
 

 

Tourists today still make the pilgrimage to see where the low-budget smash hit was made, 1596km northwest of Brisbane.

"They come here looking to find a mythical piece of unpolitically correct Australia," local police officer Des Hansson said.

"I reckon many of us are sick of all the PC bullshit that gets rammed down our throats.

"Out here, the only brands we use are on cattle. We don't care for all that ... city talk.

"We prefer old-fashioned things like decency, manners, and sharing a joke.

"Bring back Dundee."



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