Remote region inspires a different view of Australia’s coast
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.