REEF MARVELS: A moray eel in the waters off Heron Island.
REEF MARVELS: A moray eel in the waters off Heron Island. AAP SAM WRIGHT

Attenborough doco to lure more tourists to Gladstone region

GLADSTONE tourism leaders are confident David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef documentary will flow more visitors to islands off Gladstone's shore.

GAPDL tourism manager Karen Sweeney, who has already seen parts of the documentary, said the scenes filmed at Heron Island were as good as what you would see in real life.

While many have debated the reef's health, and how the documentary would portray it, Ms Sweeney was confident it would be well-received.

"It's spectacular, because they're using the latest technology. The footage they've taken, watching it you feel like you're on the reef," Ms Sweeney said.

Already a 13% increase to the Southern Great Barrier Reef has been recorded in the last calendar year, and Ms Sweeney expects that figure to only rise.

"With this documentary, and the feedback we've had from cruise passengers, we're confident we will see an increase in numbers."

The first of the three-part series will air on the ABC this Sunday at 7.40pm.



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