All aboard BBC’s take on Ku­randa

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KU­RANDA’S fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory will be shared with the world in an up­com­ing doc­u­men­tary pro­duced by the Bri­tish Broad­cast­ing Corporation.

The vil­lage will fea­ture on the BBC’s doc­u­men­tary se­ries Great Con­ti­nen­tal Rail­way Jour­neys, which is sched­uled to air next year, and will be one of the first lo­ca­tions in Aus­tralia to fea­ture in the six-part pro­duc­tion.

The pro­gram fea­tures pre­sen­ter Michael Por­tillo fol­low­ing a travel book from 1913 to ex­plore var­i­ous coun­tries and con­ti­nents by rail.

Af­ter many con­ver­sa­tions with the BBC, Tourism Ku­randa ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Kahlia Pep­per con­vinced the pro­duc­ers that Ku­randa had to be part of the in­for­ma­tive doc­u­men­tary due to its vi­brant and spe­cial his­tory.

“We are so ex­cited to put Ku­randa on the in­ter­na­tional stage and show­case our rich her­itage and tourist vil­lage,” she said.

“Putting pieces of the past to­gether show­ing how Ku­randa came to be and where we are to­day, I think is re­ally im­por­tant. There is so much more to Ku­randa than meets the eye.”

Ms Pep­per said Ku­randa fit­ted the pro­gram’s brief and the pro­duc­ers were in­trigued.

“When re­search­ing places to visit as a part of the pro­gram, the pro­duc­ers said that Ku­randa was a ‘must see des­ti­na­tion’ in the 1920s,” she said.

“Ku­randa was a ro­man­tic tourist des­ti­na­tion pop­u­lar with hon­ey­moon cou­ples ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of the Aus­tralian trop­i­cal rain­for­est dur­ing that time.

“Ku­randa has some fas­ci­nat­ing and sig­nif­i­cant his­tory in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of the rail­way, Euro­pean set­tle­ment, and tra­di­tional own­ers the Djabugay peo­ple.

“There was the 1920s Par­adise Walk, coffee plan­ta­tions, the ‘But­ter­fly Man of Ku­randa’ and we even had a golf course.”

The BBC will film part of the doc­u­men­tary on the Ku­randa Scenic Rail­way her­itage train.

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