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Australia's Gold Coast, home of the "I'm a celebrity" TV show
Alexander Wright 01 Dec 2016

Australia's Gold Coast is just south of Brisbane in Queensland. With 300 sunshine days a year and 70km of beaches it is visited by millions every year. It is also hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Home of the popular ITV show "I'm a celebrity-get me out of here!" it has received a significant PR boost with millions tuning in (it is ITV's most popular show in the UK). You can fly there from the UK for £515 in January 2017.

The celebrity contestants as well as the show's top brass stay at the famous Palazzo Versace where rooms start at AUD 515 and go up to suites at 1500. the hotel  has a sister property in Dubai

Photos: Pallazo Versace website

At the other end of the accommodation spectrum is the newly refurbished Budds In Surfers "backpacker's resort" where rooms start at AUD 25 and include breakfast.

As for eating out we should mention Moo Moo who offer Kobe beef as well as a spice rubbed 1kg Wagyu rump which is carved at the table. 

The area has some of the best theme parks in Australia including Dreamworld which was hit by a scandal when they had a fatal accident on one of their rides. The park re-opens on 10th December 2016; adult tickets are AUD 95 which includes access to White Water World. Another 'infamous' attraction is Sea World which has come under pressure for its treatment of their performing dolphins. 

Surf

Gold Coast is a surfer's paradise (there's even a city of that name) with 35 beaches manned year round by lifeguards. Beginners are well catered for with numerous surf scchools

Photo:australia.com

The "Jungle"

South of Gold Coast, just inside New South Wales, is the location of the "I'm a celebrity" set which is near Murwillumbah in the Springbrook National Park

The celebrity jungle camp is in Dungay Creek. It's a big boost to the area as the entire production team numbers some 600 people.

Once the British crew have moved out in December they are immediately replaced by the Germans who use the same set for their version: Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!

Australia.com has more detailed information on the area.


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