Love Island Australia has moved production from Queensland to Port Douglas in northern NSW due to strict border rules
Love Island Australia has dumped its base in Queensland.
The reality dating show has moved production from the Sunshine State to Port Douglas in northern NSW.
TV tonight reports that the decision was made due to the strict border rules of the Queensland Government.
Moves: Love Island Australia has dumped its base in Queensland. Pictured: Host Sophie Monk
“Unfortunately, it’s just not possible for Port Douglas at the moment,” location manager Karen Jones told the publication Monday.
‘The first employees were due to arrive very soon and so a decision had to be made.
‘[Show producers] ITV is devastated, the whole crew is devastated, everyone was really excited to come to Port Douglas, they picked this location because it’s perfect for the show.”
On Sunday, Channel Nine dropped the first teaser for the upcoming program.
The clip opens with presenter Sophie Monk dressed in an Australian flag bikini and mermaid tail costume as she swims in the ocean, before rising to the surface and sitting on a rock.
“Follow me, you beautiful sexy singles,” she says before playing a flute.
Strict: TV Tonight reports decision was made due to strict Queensland government border rules
‘Dive in. There’s a lot of fish in this sea,” Sophie teases, as a bevy of swimwear-clad male and female actors plunge into the ocean toward her.
“Love Island is in our own backyard, where it’s beautiful one day, perfect the next,” she continues, as viewers take a quick look at the new villa.
Last month it was reported that producers were getting creative with the casting process by scouting hot singletons through dating app Tinder.
Teaser: On Sunday, Channel Nine dropped the first teaser for the upcoming program
As reported by Daily Mail Australia in May, several dating show rejections who couldn’t find love on The Bachelor were approached to appear on the show.
Influencer-turned-Neighbours star Sarah Ellen was also asked to star on the program.
Love Island Australia will return to Channel Nine later this year
Hotties: Last month it was reported that producers were getting creative with the casting process by scouting hot singletons through dating app Tinder