Destination film plot

The Plot

Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time, a masterpiece of sci-fi and star-crossed romance with a great deal of action thrown in for good measure. Avatar follows a group of well-meaning scientists and a paralysed ex-marine soldier trying to gain the trust of the indigenous alien beings, all the while trying to prevent all-out war among the trigger-happy humans and the natives. But the real pull of this film lies in the engaging, breathtaking scenery and floating mountains of fictional planet, Pandora, a world which viewers immediately fell in love with.

Destination film statistics

Film Released


Gross Box Office

$2.78 billion

Filming Locations

China and Hawaii

Destination Landmarks and Locations

Landmarks and Locations

  • Zhangjiajie, Hunan province of China – Inspiration for the “Hallelujah” floating Mountains
  • Hamakua Coast, Hawaii
  • Kaua’i Rainforests, Hawaii
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Why You Should Visit

If you want to clap eyes on the real-life inspiration for those incredibly beautiful floating mountains in the film, head to Zhangjiajie in the Hunan province of China and you’ll be amazed at just how surreal and magical they really are, even if they don’t really float. If you enjoy a spot of hiking you’ll be able to enjoy quiet moments as you take in the scenery, but there are also buses, cable cars and elevators that can take the strain off your feet. Take a tour around Hawaii’s Big Island and you’ll instantly recognise the landscape of the planet Pandora, particularly along the Hamakua coast and the leafy rainforests of Kaua’i.

Destination Film Facts
  • Did You Know?

    James Cameron hired a linguist named Dr Paul Frommer to create the Na'vi language entirely from scratch. The brief was to create a language that was easy enough for actors to pronounce but that would in no way resemble any human language. Roughly 1000 Na’vi words were created to form the language for the movie.

  • Did You Know?

    James Cameron deliberately cast an unknown actor to play Jake Sully, as he believed this would give the character a “real” quality.

  • Did You Know?

    It is said that the blue colour of the Na’vi people was inspired by Cameron’s mother, who had a dream about a tall, blue woman.