Top 5 Locations From The Great Gatsby
The classic novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald has captivated and entertained audiences ever since it was published back in 1925. The story has been adapted in numerous forms including ballet, opera, radio, theater, other works of literature and of course films
Fun Fact: The Great Gatsby has several film adaptations with the earliest being done in 1926 as a silent film by Herbert Brenon and the latest in 2013 by Baz Luhrmann.
For those who are unfamiliar with the plot, it follows the character named Nick Carraway. Nick is a Yale graduate, WWI veteran and the narrator of the novel. The story is set in 1922 in New York and Long Island. Nick gets a job as a bond salesman in New York, rents a house in Long Island's (fictional) West Egg and becomes the neighbor to mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. Essentially Nick finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.
Here we picked the top 5 locations associate with the film.
1. New York City
We would of course start with New York City; this is where the story is set in after all. In the novel the city is portrayed in a positive manner and described as having a “glowing sunshine” as well as having "warm and soft, almost pastoral" air on Fifth avenue. Several chapters in the novel would follow the same positive depiction of the city. Though mostly by Nick as he would be the one that is fully captivated by New York.
Though there is no one location (other than Long Island) in the city, but rather the city itself is iconic because it is New York, it is also part of the theme that sets the story.
New York is an amazing city with much to do, from the Empire State building to Times Square, or go about visiting the amazing bars in the city, such as The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog and the Lois, Wine Bar. You wont be short of things to do in New York! You can find out more about the bars in New York here.
2. Long Island, New York
I know what you're thinking, why would I separate Long Island, New York from the location above right? Well, it is simply because the location is so important to the movie.
Long Island is where our character Nick rents his house in West Egg. The location is the main setting in the novel of the West Egg and East Egg, making it an integral part of the story. Besides I'm sure you've already realized that not only does Nick rent his house there, but his neighbor Gatsby lives there too.
Outside the story however, there are many things that you could do when visiting Long Island. Go to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City and see the amazing planes and other aviation related items on display. You can also go to Cooper Beach and Jones Beach State Park for some beachside fun. You can even imagine yourself being in the roaring 1920s in Long Island.
3. Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Image: Balmain Marine Centre
Though the story is set in New York, the locations used for filming were a different story. In Baz Luhrmann 2013 version, most of the filming locations took place in Australia and we thought that we would share a few of them with you.
Balmain in New South Wales was used to film the “Valley of Ashes”. If you're thinking that the Valley of Ashes is not a place you want to visit, I would agree. Balmain however, is a beautiful place to see.
The area is filled with history, once a rich industrial area to coal mines, shipbuilding, metal foundries, boiler making as well as engineering, Balmain is now a beautiful modern area with respect for its heritage.
You can take a walk to the Rozelle Markets on the weekends from Balmain and you will pass high fashion shops, stores with handmade jewelry and the occasional unconventional fashion design. Other things to do include taking a boat tour, going to the spa and you can even hire a boat for you to play around with for the day.
4. Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia
Centennial Park, is one of several locations used by director Baz Luhrmann to depict the Gatsby estate. Cooks Road at Centennial Park was also used as the entrance to the Gatsby mansion. Another location is St. Patrick's Seminary in Manly, Sydney that was used for the mansion.
Centennial Park is a large urban park open to the public. It occupies approximately 189 hectares and is located 4 kilometers away from Sydney central business district. The park is often used for picnics and events, as well as other recreational activities. You can even rent a bicycle at Centennial Park Cycles to roam around with.
Some of the events that are going to be held here are Moonlight Cinema, which is an open air movie screening and The Great Big Story Book,which is an interactive outdoor theater. People also use the park as a wedding venue and Centennial park offers 10 stunning wedding locations for anyone who would like to get married there.
A Great Gatsby Themed wedding in one of the locations used for filming? Sounds like a roaring party!
5. Glebe Island, Sydney, Australia
Glebe Island in Sydney was taken over by old-fashioned cars and Hollywood actors to make up the general scenes of the movie. Though, there isn't an iconic scene at Glebe Island to mention, but it is Baz Luhrmann's vision for the general setting of the movie.
Once a major port that was primarily used for receiving imported cars and dry bulk goods, it is now surrounded by White, Johnstons, and Rozelle Bays. Rozelle is connected by the Glebe Island Bridge Rozelle.
There are many things to do at the location such as taking a stroll at Glebe Foreshore Walk, go shopping at the Broadway Shopping Centre or go to the Glass Artists Gallery. When you see the Broadway Shopping Centre, you might get a hint of the 1920s vibe, the building was open in 1923 and still holds its periodic charm. Don't forget that you can head over to Bondi Beach in Sydney for some time in the sun and sand.