A reality television juggernaut has catapulted the North Queensland gold town of Charters Towers into the national spotlight, with local authorities predicting a tourism boom.
The latest season of Australian Survivor premiered last night, showcasing the region's diverse landscape – from arid, rocky outcrops to lush greenery and waterways.
It is the second time the blockbuster series has been filmed in regional Queensland after the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on international production.
Charters Towers councillor Sonia Bennetto said the premiere had been highly anticipated among locals, who had welcomed the production with open arms.
"It certainly sent a tingle in the heartstrings when we saw our beautiful region light up on the screen," Ms Bennetto said.