I've lived in the Australian outback. It's, err... really not that colour, except maybe during a particularly good sunset. (If you like, do youtube search for on-set or B-roll footage. I guarantee you'll see a massive difference.)
They shot this one in Africa rather than Australia.
digitally graded to Hell and back, mind you, as basically any movie not made by Christopher Nolan in the last 15 years has been. That was one of my wife's complaints, actually - specifically the day-for-night shots, which I can't deny were a little on the crap side. (Most day-for-night shots are, to be fair.) I thought the locations were gorgeous myself, and it's not as if matte paintings and optical tricks to make backdrops are anything new in Hollywood.
Anyone complaining about this film being Feminist Propaganda are so insecure they'd probably froth at the mouth over Terminator 2, Aliens or Halloween for having stronk wyminz in their macho guy movies, too. Yes, George Miller hired Vagina Monologues writer Eve Ensler to be on set, but he didn't pick her because she's a random feminist: He picked her because she's a well known female activist and he wanted an expert on both abusive relationships and human trafficking to come up with a realistic set of emotions for how someone who'd been forcefully married to someone a local cult sees as a God would react. The film is "Feminist" insofar as it suggests that women are not property, but it's such an overblown universe it's taking place in that you'd have to be a literal caveman to take issue with it.
Personally, all that really drove me insane was the fact that neither Max nor Furiosa have Aussie accents. The War Boys and the Many Mothers were clearly supposed to be Australian natives... I'm struggling to remember now, was the scene that was subtitled in Russian? Seriously, where the hell is this movie taking place?
In short, it was a PR move. It's basically the same nonsense as when The Frog Princess got Oprah Winfrey as an advisor; anyone talking shit about the film was thus implicitly talking shit about Oprah, and you don't talk shit about Oprah. Not to say that Ensler is on the same level as Oprah with the general public, but it's the same basic idea.
Basically, Fury Road is feminist in the same way Top Gun is gay, or Friday the 13th is conservative. It's there if you're looking for it and adds some layers to the whole thing beyond the surface level excitement, but it's so absurd and unconcerned with the message beneath the actual driving forces behind it, only those with a boner for critical theory will actually give a damn.
Complaints about Max himself being a secondary character strike me as likely coming from people who haven't watched The Road Warrior in a while (or ever). He was ALWAYS on the sidelines, trying to avoid getting involved in the squabbles of either side, and his involvement here isn't much different than it was in the film everyone remembers as "the good one". He was a bit more prominent in Beyond Thunderdome, but... I haven't watched Beyond Thunderdome in about 15 years. There's a reason for that.