Locals brush with Captain Jack Sparrow

Actor Johnny Depp has stopped to snap selfies with locals on his way to the set of Pirates of the Caribbean in south-east Queensland.

The Hollywood heartthrob mingled with star struck residents at Raby Bay on Tuesday morning, where filming is underway.

Depp was decked in full costume and makeup and did his best pirate's grin for the cameras.

He chatted with fans before being whisked away to a custom-made ship about 5km off shore.

Johnny Depp delighted locals on set of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Depp, who has been in Australia since filming began earlier this year, has been reluctant to make public appearances in the past.

Earlier this month, his pet dogs Pistol and Boo were evicted from the country in a quarantine scandal that made headlines around the world.

Depp and crew were taken to the set off shore.

The Yorkshire terriers, who were illegally smuggled into Australia, were forced to leave after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have them destroyed.

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