Re­mote re­gion in­spires a dif­fer­ent view of Aus­tralia’s coast

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SYD­NEY Har­bour was go­ing to be Neil Oliver’s start­ing point for Coast Aus­tralia un­til he set foot in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion. The re­mote coast­line of north­ern Western Aus­tralia was a no-brainer for the Scots­man who had brought his award-win­ning show Down Un­der. Oliver (pic­tured), as­sisted by lo­cal ex­perts, ex­plores the Aussie coast­line in an eight-part se­ries that de­buts on pay-TV’s His­tory Chan­nel on Mon­day. ‘‘For a while we all felt in­stinc­tively Syd­ney was go­ing to be the first episode be­cause it’s the as­so­ci­a­tion most peo­ple in the world make with Aus­tralia,’’ Oliver says. ‘‘Once we saw the Kim­ber­ley we thought it’s some­thing that a lot of Aus­tralians have not seen for them­selves, so it of­fered it­self up on a sil­ver plat­ter as the per­fect kick-off point.’’ Coast Aus­tralia was the per­fect ex­cuse for Oliver to make his way Down Un­der. It’s an off­shoot of his BAFTA award-win­ning UK se­ries Coast in which he has ex­plored the coast­line of the Bri­tish Isles for eight se­ries. ‘‘I feel a lit­tle em­bar­rassed it took me un­til my 40s to make it to Aus­tralia,’’ he says. Join­ing Oliver are palaeon­tol­o­gist Tim Flan­nery, ma­rine ecol­o­gist Dr Emma John­ston and an­thro­pol­o­gist Dr Xanthe Mal­lett.

Coast Aus­tralia: Mon­day, The His­tory Chan­nel.

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