What’s Up Whyalla?

CITY: Whyalla will feature on national television program What's Up Downunder next year.
CITY: Whyalla will feature on national television program What's Up Downunder next year.

In what could result in a tourism boost for Whyalla, the steel city is set to feature in a national lifestyle television program next year.

The What’s Up Downunder hosts and film crew will be in Whyalla on Friday and Saturday this week (November 10-11) to film strategic areas and attractions around Whyalla for their Summer Series Convoy for Charity episodes.

This will be six episodes featuring the Eyre Peninsula in partnership with The National Breast Cancer Foundation and the South Australian Tourism Commission with support from the City of Whyalla.

What’s Up Downunder hosts Craig “Macca” McGowan, Angie Hilton and Robby Nethercote will be in Whyalla to paddle out with our friendly dolphins with Dolphin Treasure Hire, experience Pete Bleeze’s Elvis Museum and take a tour of the HMAS Whyalla at the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre.

These Whyalla segments will appear on the lifestyle show, aimed at travellers and caravan enthusiasts, in February or March next year.

The show will be aired by Channel 10 on Saturdays and Channel 1 on Sundays to a national audience.

Parable Productions from Victoria is the company behind What’s Up Downunder and it has been working with SA Tourism to come up with places of interest to film for the program which is now in its eighth year of production.

Production Co-ordinator Beth Malcher said the crew was excited to be coming for Whyalla and couldn’t wait to see the dolphins, museum and ship.

They will be connecting with the community and helping collect donations for the cancer foundation.

“Whyalla was recommended to us by SA Tourism and we are looking forward to getting there,” Beth said.

“Our program is going to be a really laid-back type of show that focuses on locals and local businesses with the caravan and camping theme.

 “It will air nationally on Network 10 and Channel 1 so it will be showing Whyalla to Australia.”

Not only will the crew members be filming, they are also throwing a happy hour event at the Whyalla Foreshore Caravan Park from 6pm on Friday evening (November 10) with a barbecue and music.

People will also get the chance to have a look through eight caravans on site. Donations will go towards the cancer foundation.

“It’s an open invitation to the people of Whyalla,” Beth said. “It’s a sort of more the merrier kind of event.”