Filming on Baz Luhrmann's big budget extravaganza Australia will grind to a halt on Friday, according to Sunday Herald Sun.

The epic film, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, started filming in Sydney at the end of April. Since then filming has moved to Bowen in Queensland, Darwin, Kununurra in West Australia and back to Fox Studios in Sydney.

Further scenes will be shot next year to complete the movie.

According to the paper, the film's budget is widely rumored to be well over original estimates of $130 million as well as overshot its filming schedule by more than a month.