Today Show on its way
AUSTRALIA’S most loveable breakfast program, The Today Show, is heading to Airlie Beach next week for their We Love Australia tour, which kicks off on Monday.
The team – Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Richard Wilkins and Tim Gilbert – will broadcast live from Airlie Beach Foreshore on Wednesday, June 1, from 5.30–9am.
For Today’s sports presenter, Tim Gilbert, June 1 is a memorable day, having started at Channel 9 20 years ago on June 1, 1996.
“It’s a huge historic day for me,” he said.
“So much has changed and, as always, so much has stayed the same.
CEO of Tourism Whitsundays Craig Turner said the day would not have been possible without the partnerships.
“Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) has really driven this whole thing and they’ve partnered with Tourism Whitsundays and the Whitsunday Regional Council to make it possible,” he said.
Mr Turner said the team would be participating in a range of fun activities.
“They’ll be going on jet skis, eating mud crabs and having a mud crab peeling competition,” he said.
“(Local) Adrian Connor will also be creating a sand sculpture especially for the Today Show.”
Mr Turner said he was thrilled to have the popular television team visiting the region.
“This is a first for us and to have them do a full production in our region is a great opportunity to showcase what it is we offer here and why the Whitsundays is such a renowned destination,” he said.
Exploring the coastal regions of Queensland, the team will first visit Noosa before heading north to Rockhampton and then to Airlie Beach.
The team will be joined by plenty of famous faces along the way and viewers will get to meet Australians with remarkable stories from the beautiful places they call home.
Tim said he absolutely loved this part of the world and had spent time here on more than one occasion.
“(During) my holidays after Year 12 and the first holidays out of university, me and a few mates did a driving trip from Sydney to Port Douglas over two months at a time,” he said.
“Back then we travelled through the islands and camped mostly, snorkelling, swimming and just lapping up the beauty of the place.”
Tim said he hoped to bring his wife and three children to the region for a holiday sometime soon.
With the Airlie Beach visit falling on the same day as the first State of Origin game, Tim said he would be on enemy grounds because “as many people know I am very proud New South Wales Blue”.
Locals are invited to dress in their Origin colours to mark the occasion.
ON LOCATION: The Today show is coming to regional Queensland from Monday, May 30. The crew, from left, Stevie Jacobs, Sylvia Jeffreys, Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Tim Gilbert and Richard Wilkins.