Posted in December 2009
Sir David Attenborough arrives in Queensland, Australia for a filming safari
By Emma Gregg, author of The Rough Guide to East Coast Australia

This month, world famous natural history film-maker Sir David Attenborough will touch down on the Queensland coast.

Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor says the arrival of Britain’s best-known naturalist, whose career as a broadcaster had spanned five decades, is a major coup for Queensland.

“Sir David will start his Queensland voyage in Cairns heading north to Mungumby near Cooktown in the state’s north for a filming safari in search of termite mounds and velvet worms”, Mr Lawlor says. “He will then set his sights on southern Queensland for a visit to Underwater World and Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.”

Tourism Queensland is supporting Sir David’s visit to Queensland for his new documentary,
First Animals, which will explore early life on earth. Sir David will front the documentary, which is expected to air next year on the BBC and Discovery Channel to an audience of several million viewers.

Mr Lawlor hopes that the Australian sequences of
First Animals will inspire viewers to plan their own wildlife-watching itinerary. “Visitors from the UK love our natural environment, beach lifestyle and often engage in nature-based adventure activities,” he says. More than 250,000 visitors from the UK headed to Queensland in the year ending June 2009, contributing approximately $476 million to the Queensland economy.

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