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David Attenborough on The Great Barrier Reef

David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef BBC TV Series

Keep in touch with all the latest news in the lead up to the launch of this compelling new series on the Great Barrier Reef, filmed by Attenborough in November 2014.

SIR David Attenborough has described North Queensland as his favourite place in the world, other than his home in the UK.

The legendary naturalist, who attended the premiere of his documentary series Great Barrier Reef at Australia House in London, spoke fondly of his time in the Far North.

IN ACTION: Sir David Attenborough with submersible pilot Mark Taylor off the FNQ coast to film his Great Barrier Reef series. PICTURE: BBC

 Attenborough has visited the Far North several times over the decades since his first visit in 1957 and most recently in November last year to film the new series on the world’s largest coral reef.

“Frequently people say ‘what is your favourite place in the world?’ and I start off saying home,’’ he said.“But if I’m not home, I usually say, on many occasions, actually North Queensland.
“It’s got mountains, it’s got tropical rainforest, it’s got the Barrier Reef. It’s got wonderful creatures that occur nowhere else. It’s a great place.”

Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough is expected to be broadcast in Australia next year. It will also play a starring role at the global climate summit in Paris this weekend.

The series goes to air just weeks before Tourism Australia unveils a major push to promote Australia’s aquatic and coastal experiences.

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said: “Our research shows that aquatic experiences, and particularly the Reef, are major drawcards.”