Neil Oliver hosts the TV series Coast Australia.
Neil Oliver hosts the TV series Coast Australia. Contributed

Scot can't get enough of our coastline

NEIL Oliver can't get enough of Australia's stunning coastline.

The Scottish historian and TV presenter is back in a third season of his popular History Channel series Coast Australia, the local version of his long-running British series Coast.

"Travelling around Australia for Coast has been an intense experience and I'm acutely aware that I've had the privilege of seeing more of the continent than most Australians," Oliver says.

"My visits have changed the way I think, underlining to me what a vastly varied planet we live on."

This time around he will explore the southern coast of Western Australia, Lord Howe Island, the Northern Kimberley, Far North Queensland, Port Botany to Shoalhaven in NSW, Tasmania's King Island and Port Adelaide to Port Lincoln in South Australia.

Coast Australia host Neil Oliver pictured on Lord Howe Island.
Coast Australia host Neil Oliver pictured on Lord Howe Island. Contributed

As always with his 'coastal inquisition', Oliver aims to show viewers, including locals, a side to Australia they've never seen before - from pirate stories to rare wildlife and the contentious issue of which state has Australia's whitest beach.

The father-of-three must remain flexible during filming as some stories prove less interesting than he and his crew anticipated, and other entirely new ones present themselves.

"It's quite fluid. You might go somewhere and a story you thought was going to be great - seven minutes worth of stuff - either doesn't happen or is disappointing," he says.

"But then something that was going to be a two-minute gag, it's like 'oh really?'

"In a way Coast becomes easier to make the longer you make it because every story you cover generally gives you leads for another three or four. It becomes an exercise in what has to be left out."

Coast Australia host Neil Oliver pictured on Baker's Beach in Northern Tasmania.
Coast Australia host Neil Oliver pictured on Baker's Beach in Northern Tasmania. Contributed


In the first episode of season three, a trip out into Western Australia's Bremer Bay to find orcas leaves the historian as giddy as a schoolboy.

Throughout the series, Oliver will again be joined by palaeontologist Professor Tim Flannery, historian Dr Alice Garner, marine ecologist Professor Emma Johnston and landscape architect Brendan Moar.

Also joining the Coast Australia presenting team this season is Australian marine scientist, journalist, filmmaker and global adventurer Dr Dean Miller.

Dr Miller has travelled the world extensively through his work as a marine scientist, from researching fur seals in the Antarctic, to polar bears in the Russian Arctic and tiger sharks in the Great Barrier Reef.

After three seasons of Coast Australia Oliver has still only scratched the surface of our country's 60,000km of coastline. A fourth season appears to be highly likely.

"I have to add that no matter how much I see of your country, it always leaves me wanting more! I'll be back," Oliver says.

Season three of Coast Australia premieres on Monday at 6.30pm Qld, 7.30pm NSW on The History Channel.



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