• This is where 'The Thorn Birds' was filmed
  • It starred Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward
  • The series aired in 1983

Hold onto your hats, drama addicts and romance enthusiasts! The scorching hot TV series that had everyone glued to their screens, 'The Thorn Birds', wasn't just a whirlwind of forbidden love and heart-wrenching twists. It was also a visual feast, showcasing Australia's jaw-dropping natural beauty. From the lush rainforests to the untouched beaches, this miniseries was a true masterpiece of storytelling and scenery.

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Filmed in the rugged terrains of New South Wales and Queensland, 'The Thorn Birds' brought to life the epic tale with authenticity and grandeur. Imagine the sun-kissed plains and the wild, untamed landscapes – it's no wonder viewers were mesmerized!

Behind the scenes of 'The Thorn Birds'

But wait, there's more! Did you know that the lead actress, Rachel Ward, stirred up some real-life drama? That's right! She went topless on set, taking a bold stand against costume changes. Talk about dedication to the craft!

And let's not forget the series's Emmy Award-winning soundtrack, "The Thorn Birds Theme" by Henry Mancini, that still echoes in the hearts of fans.

THE THORN BIRDS, l-r: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, 1983, Warner Bros. Television/courtesy Everett Collection Warner

Now, for those itching to walk in the footsteps of their beloved characters, the good news is that many of these iconic locations are open for visits. You can even get hitched at St. Carthage’s Church, built especially for the series. How's that for a slice of TV history?

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to pack your bags and embark on a journey through the land down under, where the saga of 'Thorn Birds' came to life. Just remember to keep your shirt on, or you might just make headlines like Rachel Ward!