EXCITING STEP FORWARD: International attention will land on little Maryvale, helping the town to recover after Gap closures.
EXCITING STEP FORWARD: International attention will land on little Maryvale, helping the town to recover after Gap closures.

Famous international travel show to film at Maryvale

THERE is a light at the end of the tunnel for struggling Maryvale business owners after floods, fires and drought drove tourism dollars from the small town.

The repeated closures of the Cunningham Highway contributed to business becoming “non-existent”, according to the owner of the Maryvale Crown Hotel Michael Keddy.

“It’s been really hard,” Mr Keddy said.

“The grey nomads just stopped coming, it affected a lot of us.”

The tourists may return, however, now the historic pub is set to star on the small screen.

Tiger Aspect Productions will visit the pub on Australia Day to film the festivities for an episode of “a high profile, highly entertaining” travel show.

The UK company is known for producing hits such as The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean., with many of its shows streaming on Netflix.

The Hotel informed patrons wishing to attend its Australia Day event they must sign waivers on entry “as they may be broadcast worldwide”.

Mr Keddy said he was incredibly excited to have been chosen.

“The producer came out here, interviewed us, and fell in love with the place,” he said.

“It’s a pretty big thing!”

Councillor Sheryl Windle said it was a fantastic opportunity for the region.

“This will help promote this great area and bring more visitors to Maryvale,” she said.

The crew will film everything from chook races to whip shows from 12 – 6pm on Sunday, January 26.

For more information call the Maryvale Crown Hotel on 4666 1148.



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