Sea turtle release garners maximum TV exposure
BOWEN will soon be in the spotlight when it hits television screens as part of a new travel series.
Television personality Andrew Daddo and his film crew were in town last month to film The Lucky Country, and in just over a fortnight, Bowen residents will be able to see the final product.
Bowen Tourism chairman Paul McLaughlin said the film crew’s visit was a unique chance to showcase the town.
“It’s The Lucky Country and Bowen’s one of the nicest places in the lucky country,” he said.
“We always try to work with some TV crew two or three times a year to get ourselves on TV. That kind of exposure in advertising would cost millions.”
Part of the episode will feature the release of a green sea turtle rescued from Front Beach last year.
It will be Bowen’s second major television exposure for the year, with an episode of Queensland Weekender filmed during last year’s Offshore Superboat Championships airing in April.
Mr McLaughlin said it would be great to work with even more film crews in the future to boost Bowen’s profile to travellers.
“People keep saying Bowen’s the best- kept secret and we don’t want it to be a secret,” he said. “We want everyone to come here.”
It’s not the only screen time the town has coming up, with a SBS television crew to film this year’s superboats event on July 18 and 19.
The Lucky Country episode will air on July 25 at 4.30pm on Channel 7.
POIGNANT MOMENT: The release of this green sea turtle rescued from Bowen’s Front Beach will feature this month in a segment on TV travel series The Lucky Country.