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The Long Weekender

Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed

On occasions I guide for Tourism Tasmania’s Visiting Journalist Program and worked with a film crew from Channel 7 last weekend, who were filming an episode for Virgin Australia’s ‘The Long Weekender‘.

On Friday afternoon I met the Director and crew at The Henry Jones Art Hotel where my role was to support them with the local knowledge on the ground in Tasmania for the weekend.  The ‘talent’ turned out to be ‘Tim and Anna’ from the first series of The Bachelor.  I have never really watched the ‘Bach’ so I was a little naive about them.  They were both very nice and it was their first time in Tasmania, so it was pleasure to share our little ‘piece of paradise’ with them!

Heads were turned whilst filming at the Salamanca Market on Saturday with gushing girls lining up for a selfie with the stars. We continued on to the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed where Anna learnt to shuck an oyster with Tom Gray.

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On Sunday morning we went out on Wild Ocean Tasmania where Tim and Anna went swimming with the local seals.  I was glad of my boating experience as I needed to provide stabilising support for one of the cameraman, as he attempted to film with a decent swell rolling through!

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Tim and Anna finished off the day by making Gin at the William McHenry and Sons Distillery. After a big day of filming, we all enjoyed a drink at sunset on this gorgeous property.

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Having spent time with the crew over the weekend, it certainly gave me a greater appreciation of how much work goes into everything we watch on tellie and one that I won’t take for granted.  I look forward to seeing the final result, and Tasmania shine on the big screen in late October. xx

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