Classic Icehouse Song Revamped for Tourism Australia

by on September 4, 2012 · 0 comments

Great Southern Land

A scene in Tourism Australia’s new online clip pays homage to Australia through the song “Great Southern Land”

It’s a 30 year old Aussie classic written by Iva Davies on a plane to England in 1981, and Tourism Australia is celebrating “Great Southern Land” with a new video. The online-only clip is a collaboration between Tourism Australia, Icehouse lead singer Davies, and Qantas and features landmarks across the country inter-dispersed with musicians and regular Australians alike. Characters range from an oyster farmer at Barilla Bay in Tasmania and members of a local choir from the Blue Mountains, to famous artists like Katie Noonan, Van She, Eskimo JoeCut Copy,  Muscles, Jonathan Boulet, Young Talent Time,  The Sydney Philharmonic Choirs. These people and more all come together in the clip to pay tribute both Australia and the iconic Aussie song.

National landmarks featured in the clip are Uluru, Kangaroo Island, Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and Rottnest Island, Parliament House in Canberra, Federation Square and Degraves Lane in Melbourne, Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Chinatown and Taronga Zoo, Tasmania’s spectacular coastline and Crystal Cascades in Tropical North Queensland.

Recent Tourism Australia TV advertisements have garnered mixed feelings from Australian expats – so we’re curious about how you feel about this new installment. You can watch the clip and have your say in the comments below.

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