The Weekend Today television show got some stunning footage and big happy crowds while filming from Narooma over the weekend.
Narooma locals headed down to Quota Park on Riverside Drive on Saturday morning to show their community spirit and help promote the beautiful area, while host Stevie Jacobs did several live crosses back to the studio.
“I was born in Wollongong and so the South Coast holds a special place for me,” Mr Jacobs said. “It’s such a beautiful part of the world and we really have enjoyed the stunning scenery around Narooma.
“It’s so good to be down here and we have loved every part of it.”
The Djembe Forte drumming group was there to provide the beat as the Narooma Bluewater Dragons dragon boat paddled behind in the background. The local seaplane did a take-off and low fly past.
There were lots of fans of Mr Jacobs holding up signs and promoting local happenings and events.
Trish Rose was there celebrating the gold medal won by Lilly Bennett and the Australian 7s rugby team at the Junior Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, while Gillian Kearney spoke about her upcoming appearance at Eurobodalla Dancing with the Stars on Saturday night.
Gary and Stephen McLeod had a sign sending a message to family at Kempsey, while Stella and Kathryn Ratcliffe promoted their upcoming Fight MND run in Melbourne.
Local caterer Al Newbold set up a magnificent spread of local produce, whipping up a delicious dish of lobster agnolotti that Mr Jacobs really seemed to enjoy.
“All of the food you see here has been sourced from between Bodalla and Tilba, with the exception of the flour,” Mr Newbold said. “Even the eggs came from my own chickens.”
Unfortunately plans to have the show broadcast from Montague Island on Sunday had to abandoned due to the rough seas, and the television crew instead reverted to a back-up plan of filming from the Southern Highlands.
The broadcast was part of the Unspoilt South Coast NSW campaign and showcased the region to up to 1 million viewers Australia-wide.
Eurobodalla tourism marketing coordinator Kerrie-Anne Benton said the Today Show visit began on Friday with filming around Bodalla and the crew also visited local attractions such as Glasshouse Rocks and Australia Rock, and the local seals on the inlet.
“The footage they got was even more stunning than they expected,” Ms Benton said. “It’s part of the Unspoilt campaign and shows the benefit of collaborative marketing with Destination NSW with economies of scale and being part of a bigger campaign.”
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