All aboard BBC’s take on Kuranda
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.