Martin Clunes explores Australia’s many islands in this illuminating three-part documentary series. In part two, Martin travels to the heart of the tropical north to the Tiwi Islands. More than three and a half thousand Tiwis live on the islands and, thanks to their isolation from the mainland, they have kept many ancient traditions alive. Next, Martin swims amongst the vividly colourful coral gardens when he visits Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia before heading back to the mainland to swim with a whale shark.
In the Houtman Abrolhos, a string of over 100 little islands some 50 miles off the coast, Martin arrives in time for Anzac Day, a national holiday that attracts hundreds to these remote coral skirted islands. On Rottnest, Martin meets some of Australia’s cutest creatures, the small furry marsupials that gave the island its curious name.
But Rottnest has a dark past, and Martin meets an Aboriginal family whose ancestors were buried here, and who are now working to make something good out of a tragic and moving history.
Martin completes this leg of his journey with a visit to Carnac Island, where tourists and Western Australians rarely set foot. It is one of the most dangerous islands off the coast of Australia, because it is home to several hundred tiger snakes – which are one of the world’s most venomous creatures.
Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia Episode 2 airs Tuesday 17 January 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on ITV.