FRASER ISLAND: It’s World Heritage-listed and is the world’s largest sand island; has the world’s largest and highest dune lakes; has the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world; is the only place in the world where rainforest grows in sand at elevations of 200 metres; and, call us biased, but is simply stunning… is it any wonder the Executive Producers of Channel Seven’s hit show The Amazing Race Australia chose to end their current series on our shores?
Kingfisher Bay Resort Group General Manager and Director of Tourism Fraser Coast, David Hay, said with so many destinations around the world wooing race producers, it was definitely a feather in the cap for tourism in Queensland and on the Fraser Coast to land such a prestigious show.
The top rating reality series – which reaches an audience of some 1.2 million Australian viewers each week - sets teams of two contestants against other teams in an adrenalin-pumping race around the world. This series, Aussie contestants have pitted their wits and skills against each other in Cuba, Canada, India, Dubai, The Philippines and Brisbane.
“Filming on Fraser Island was conducted under a shroud of secrecy on a gorgeous sunny day, with only a few key Resort Managers and our partners – Queensland Parks and Wildlife, Air Fraser Island and Aussie Trax 4WD in the know,” Mr Hay said.
“Fraser Explorer Guides, and Hervey Bay locals - Col Anderson, Les Sampson and Kevin Kinbacher - featured in the final show as contestants raced to the ultimate finish line on the shores of Lake McKenzie.
“It was pretty tough keeping things under wraps during filming – especially with the tell-tale yellow and red markers dotted around the island - but we managed it,” Mr Hay said. “And the results were spectacular.”
Fraser Island will also feature on Yahoo7’s official Amazing Race website – with travel tips, destination information and blogs from the contestants.
Mr Hay said The Amazing Race crew was just one of several national and local film crews that have visited Fraser Island recently. Channel Seven’s Queensland Weekender visited in early July and will run a Family Special (featuring Eurong Beach Resort and Kingfisher Bay Resort) in the coming weeks; Channel Seven Two’s Spida Everitt and the crew from the Great Australian Doorstep visited early in the year and are currently running a twelve-month promotion with Australian Caravan + RV Magazine to win a trip back to Fraser.
Channel Ten ratings winner – Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures stopped by at Eurong a month ago, with the show expected to air later this year. And Channel Seven’s newly revamped The Great Outdoors, with Country Singer host Adam Brand, filmed a four-wheel-drive special just a week ago, which is expected to air at the end of October.
“In such tough times for tourism, we’re absolutely chuffed we were able to play a part in showcasing Fraser Island to such a wide audience and hope that the images of all the experiences you can have on the island will help entice more domestic visitors to our shores,” Mr Hay said.
Fraser Island is just offshore from Hervey Bay on Australia’s east coast and Kingfisher Bay Resort passenger and vehicle ferry services depart daily from River Heads (secure parking is available). Virgin Australia and QantasLink provide direct flights to Hervey Bay and the resort operates airport connections.
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a pre-existing personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. Contestants strive to arrive first at "pit stops" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg.
Contestants travel to and within multiple countries in a variety of transportation modes, including airplanes, hot-air balloons, helicopters, trucks, bicycles, taxicabs, car, jeepneys, trains, buses, boats, and by foot. Clues provided in each leg lead the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country wherein they are located or its culture. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left; at that point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded the grand prize.
Created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, the original series has aired in the United States since 2001 and has earned twelve Primetime Emmy Awards, including every award from 2003–2011 for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program", except in 2010 when Top Chef won. The Australian Amazing Race, follows a similar format and has been running on our TV screens since 2010. New Zealand-born actor, Grant Bowler, hosts. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Race