Minjerribah a star in new Aussie road trip drama series


New Australian road trip drama Darby and Joan premiered on Acorn TV this week, showcasing the beauty of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to viewers worldwide.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the series, featuring Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi, was filmed on Redlands Coast and other south-east Queensland locations.

“We were pleased to welcome 75 cast and crew members to Minjerribah for almost a week in September last year,” Cr Williams said.

“Minjerribah is one of Queensland’s most beautiful naturally wonderful attractions and this week’s premiere of Darby and Joan has showcased that beauty and unique grandeur to millions of viewers worldwide.”

Greta Scacchi, in character as Joan in Darby and Joan, on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). Photo: Christine Ramage

Darby and Joan Executive Producer and CJZ Head of Drama Claire Tonkin said filming on North Stradbroke Island was an extraordinary experience for the cast and crew.

“We all felt very lucky to be working in such a special place and were welcomed so warmly by the local community,” she said.

“We have always seen the locations in this series as characters in their own right so we are thrilled to be able to showcase a spectacular and intriguing character like Minjerribah in our first two episodes.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said it was fantastic to see Redlands Coast and Minjerribah forging a reputation as a location of choice for film production.

“Minjerribah is known for its iconic scenery and Darby and Joan will feature several of our naturally wonderful locations including Amity Point, South Gorge, Cylinder Beach and Home Beach,” Cr Mitchell said.

Billed as a rollicking road trip with a mystery twist, Darby and Joan stars Bryan Brown as a retired Australian police officer with a dog as his only companion, and Greta Scacchi as a widowed English nurse.

The pair meet and embark on an epic odyssey in the outback of northern Australia.

The series, which premiered on 8 August 2022, is produced by Australian production company CJZ with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland.