GOING to the local cinema always guarantees a good night out, but nothing compares to the nostalgic charm of jumping in a car with your partner, or the family, and watching a movie at the drive in theatre. Whether you’re with your partner, friends or family, everybody loves a night under the stars. It’s an old-fashioned way to have some fun, but it’s a goodie.
1. Skyline Drive In
Blacktown, 38km west of Sydney CBD
When it comes to drive in movies Sydney does as well if not better than anyone with its only drive in featuring a 50s-in-America theme, perfect for anybody who wants to go back to the days of Elvis, Rock’n’Roll and puffy dresses for an evening out. The staff at the diner even bring you burgers and hotdogs in their ’50s style costumes. It’s serious retro fun at a Sydney drive in threatre that offers the lot!
2. Deckchair Cinema
13km south east of Darwin Airport
Watch a movie with a frog hopping at your feet, an owl gently hooting and the occasional bat flying across the projector’s beam. That’s just how the locals love it at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema overlooking Darwin Harbour on Jervois road in Darwin. Open throughout the dry season, chairs and cushions are provided while a licensed bar offering beers, wines and other tasty treats.
3. Coburg Drive In
16km north of Melbourne CBD
For some good old-fashioned fun on a Saturday night, Melburnians head to the Coburg Drive In. Grab a bite to eat in the spectacular retro style diner, or if feeling a little self-indulgent, order your treats via SMS and have them delivered straight to your car.
4. Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema
Mundaring, 35km east of Perth CBD
This beautiful outdoor cinema is unlike any other in Australia. What makes Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema so special is that you’re in the forest – while watching your movies you have the stunning state forest as your backdrop. It’s also small in comparison to some of the other city drive ins, and there’s plenty of deckchairs and picnic tables to go around.
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