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Turbocharging Tourism: Stars Bring Bondi Rescue to Henley-on-Todd

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said today the Bondi Rescue visit is a marketing win for the Territory and a fantastic opportunity for the NT to attract more visitors and tourists and support local business and jobs.

Popular reality television program Bondi Rescue will showcase Alice Springs and surrounds, and the iconic Rotary Henley-on-Todd Regatta, to an audience of millions in a one-hour Red Centre television special due to go to air early 2019. 

The special episode, which is a destination-driven spin-off of the Bondi Rescue series, will feature adventure tourism activities in and around Alice Springs including mountain biking, hiking and unique running events. 

The visit was secured by the organisers of Rotary Henley-on-Todd and supported by Tourism NT and the Alice Springs Town Council. 

Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan said the Bondi Beach locals would feel right at home on the sands of Alice Springs’ Todd River. 

2018 Commodore Tony Jennison said the Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta was excited that the Bondi Rescue team accepted its invite and the challenge of competing on the sands of the Todd River. 

Quotes from the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“Through the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism Stimulus package to attract more holiday visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians, we are able to give the Bondi Rescue lifesavers a chance to experience the Red Centre and show the world the amazing adventure experiences on offer in the Territory.

“Our Turbocharging Tourism package is driving demand to the Territory with more tourism marketing and developing new attractions and experiences, boosting the economy.

“During their visit the Bondi Rescue team took part in the Run Larapinta trail race on the Larapinta Trail, participated in the Alice Springs Running Festival, and experienced Hot Air Ballooning, Mountain Bike Riding and Alice Springs’ quirky café scene and bustling nightlife.”

Quotes from Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan

“As the inland capital of Australia, Alice Springs will benefit from the positive, broad exposure that the Bondi Rescue program brings, and it’s a great way of introducing yet another of our quirky events to a potentially new audience. 

“Council is always supportive of opportunities that promote our town as a unique tourist destination.”

Quotes from 2018 Commodore Tony Jennison

“We are thrilled that they accepted our invitation. It’s a very different environment to the pristine sands of Bondi Beach.”


Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242