Great Barrier Reef TV Series
The Great Barrier Reef TV Program is one of the most amazing documentary projects of the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island, which is situated on the Great Barrier Reef, was naturally one of the filming locations of the TV series. The documentary film crew stayed on the island for about 20 days (including the annual Heron Island Dive Festival) in 2010 to fully explore what Heron has to offer. The staff at the Dive Centre took the crew to several dives - look out for them in one of the episodes!
Heron Island is known the world over for its excellent Great Barrier Reef dive sites, coral gardens and pinnacles. So good is the diving that Jacques Cousteau – the world’s most famous undersea explorer of our time -- listed The Heron Bommie as one of his top 10 favourite dive sites.
With a natural coral cay located directly on the reef, there are plenty of dive sites to explore, more than half of which are just 15 minutes from the beach. The waters around Heron Island are teeming with reef fish, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and an endless variety of marine invertebrates. Around 60% of the 1,500 species of fish and around 72% of the coral species found on the Great Barrier Reef call the waters around Heron Island home.
Tim Harvey, the Station Manager at Heron Island’s Research Station says of the filming; “Everything is pretty special here. In fact it is such a stunning place that you get used to it and you can forget just how amazing it actually is. It takes time away from it to make you realise that it has been a privilege to spend time here. The resort guests are truly in a remarkable location.......and they know it. There can be few places on the planet that match it for sheer beauty. The setting is quite incredible and it ticks the boxes of most people’s idea of paradise. Whether it is the birds on the island or the marine life, or the light, or the sheer brilliance of the colours, it is almost impossible to go anywhere on Heron Island without being totally gobsmacked. You could walk from your front and see so much wildlife even before you get in the water, and then within the first 100 metres of ocean see so many fish, sharks, rays and turtles and creatures you couldn’t even describe. I think that is why the film crew came here.“
“Each evening was spent planning the next day’s shoot. Ideas that seemed good in the planning stage were constantly adjusted as new opportunities appeared or previous possibilities disappeared. For example a great planned bird shot might not happen because the birds may not be in a position where the cameraman can get the required shot. Getting the good shots takes a LOT of patience and experience. The idea that you can just turn up and shoot and everything will be photogenic and dramatic is nonsense. Despite the set-backs and the constantly changing ideas and scenarios, the final result is wonderful.”
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