Popular reality TV show headed for Queensland’s outback

Another major production is headed to Queensland, with the popular reality TV show ‘Australian Survivor’ to be filmed in the outback.

A group of diverse and tenacious Australians will be taken away from their everyday lives and left to fend for themselves in the remote location of Cloncurry, in what’s being called a ‘major coup’ for the Sunshine State.

Contestants must build their own shelter, light their own fires, gather their own food and play the ultimate social and strategic game.


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Season 6 of the production’s estimated to inject around $14.6 million into the Queensland economy. It’ll also provide around 150 local jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today’s announcement was more good news at a time of extraordinary demand from both domestic and international productions to take advantage of all Queensland offers as a global screen destination.

“We’ve got a winning combination in terms of competitive incentives, fantastically diverse locations, best-in-the-business local crew and one of the world’s most COVID-safe environments,” the Premier said.

“Queensland is the place to film right now; the positive impacts flowing from our production boom are vast and varied, and my Government is doing everything in its power to maximise these benefits for all Queenslanders.

“From big-budget feature films to hit TV series, and now one of Australia’s best-loved reality shows, there really is no limit to the scope, scale and volume of what’s coming through our door.”

It’s also set to put Cloncurry on the map, which Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says is terrific news.

“It’s rewarding to see such a big show as Australian Survivor heading to outback Queensland—a region that knows adversity and hardship first-hand, and whose people, I expect, share those human qualities celebrated in the show: courage, endurance and strength,” Ms Munnich said.

“From urban centres and coastal ranges to sweeping outback plains, Queensland has an enormous capacity to cater for a wide range of screen productions—from international features through to reality juggernauts like Australian Survivor.

“Next month Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives starts production on the Gold Coast and Universal Studio Group’s Joe Exotic will soon enter Screen Queensland Studios in Brisbane, while Netflix’s teen series Dive Club recently wrapped in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland.

“Outback Queensland is also the setting in part for ABC’s Total Control Season 2, which returns to film in Winton this year with support from Screen Queensland.”

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