Big Brother back to Dreamworld

By David Knox on January 9, 2012 / Filed Under News 40

Premier Anna Bligh (herself a one-time Reality TV contestant) will be happy to hear that Big Brother is returning to Dreamworld.

News that staff facilities had begun being reassembled was leaked by Peter Ford via Twitter -his second scoop tweet in as many days.

The Reality series was staged at the Gold Coast site for its entire run on TEN, proving a successful mix of production and live eviction facilities. Its locale also ensured housemates were prone to wearing less and showing off their bods in the Queensland sun.

Bligh has been pushing for the show’s return, last year telling media: “If Big Brother‘s return is a serious prospect, my Government will be doing everything we can to bring the program back home to the Gold Coast.”

The Dreamworld location will rule out other sites tipped to be in contention: Movie World, FOX Studios and Luna Park.

It’s yet to be confirmed if the former House will be reconstructed, given the compound site has been under consideration as part of a Coomera Town Centre development. The $400 million Westfield project, to be built adjacent to the nearby railway station, has seen many delays. On the weekend the Gold Coast Bulletin reported a start date “was still some time away.”

In 2008 Dreamworld made the original Big Brother House available for rent for themed party nights. Including the Big Brother character voice and a security guard to evict guests, it came at a cool $2200 a day.

Big Brother: Secrets, to be hosted by Sonia Kruger, will air on Nine in August following the Olympics.

Auditions have not yet been announced but start getting your “secret” ready if you plan on fronting up.


  1. same old same old January 28, 2012 at 6:43 am -

    I hope it changes from before men were over exposed and women who don’t want to be natural should not enter. 10x male versus female nudity makes me switch off.

  2. sam January 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm -

    To: Darren Sauer
    I think you miss undetstood… Big brother is virtually comming this year right on the last days of the london olympic games.. In fact it will be for the first time in australia that big brother show will be set late in the year rather then early mid age sort of to speak.

    Thanks david for letting this comment.

  3. Darren Sauer January 19, 2012 at 2:39 am -

    Good to see the show return to Dream world they can also use the old blue lagoon area to rebuild the new Big Brother House for 2013 that will be so cool to see that there

  4. Matt January 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm -

    I went to Dreamworld last year, and I am pretty sure the old BB house had been turned into an animal enclosure area. At least that’s what it looked like…

  5. Alf January 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm -

    The house is ready, the host is chosen, now comes the difficult part. To find suitable bogan participants.

    No doubt the show’s producers are scouring the western suburbs of various capital cities at this current moment.

  6. Sam (juanet partner) January 10, 2012 at 10:30 am -

    Talking about BB returning. It sure feels like it was more then 3 or way more years since the last big brother was on air. Feels like more then 5 years since last big brother was televise. But wasn’t that long but it feels like it.

    BB won’t just change one place to another. Its hard work then means staffs and such has to also re-locate and its just messy.. So they will continue to just do it at the same spot. But of course has nothing to do with channel ten.
    The house will be from scratch obviously. The house isn’t a million dollar luxury. When me and my wife (juanet) went there it sure did not look anything big and the house looked like a typical cheap ends meet made seriously.

    However all comes to the magic of making things look luxury and sparkle and big on television. The cameras do the magic view for you of course.
    The guy who used to do the BB friday night game shows (host) mike goldman will also return but on channel 9 for the show. He wont be the presenter but he will be doing voice overs and other games for the BB show. Thanks david.

  7. Sedi January 10, 2012 at 9:36 am -

    @marius j – im devoutly watching the daily show. Twins and frankie were the stars of day 3! I LOLed when karissa called frankie Justin bieber. Andrew needs to go! and we’ve seen zilch of giggs!

  8. Truth January 10, 2012 at 9:00 am -

    @Snapper Jack How exactly does your comment make sense? You may still think it should be filmed at Luna Park, which makes zero sense as there would be highrises looming over the backyard pool, and the outside world is very loud in Sydney Harbour. And when the decision is already made, do you suggest someone contacts Sonia and says “Sorry! Snapper decided we’re bringing back Gretal, so you’re fired.”?

    Just curious.

  9. pete January 10, 2012 at 5:16 am -

    that´s good news!

  10. morgan January 10, 2012 at 3:14 am -

    he must have taken it down, theres nothing about big brother on his twitter at all…

    i personally hope it isnt at the gold coast, i think they need to distance themselves from the channel 10 version, hosting it in a different place in a completely different house will contribute greatly to that

  11. Adam January 10, 2012 at 1:33 am -

    Dreamworld does own alot of the land around the park which remains unused and forest land

  12. John January 10, 2012 at 1:21 am -

    Should be filmed at the old Quarantine station in Sydney. Spooky BB!

  13. dan January 10, 2012 at 12:19 am -

    yeah channel 5 is doing good this year with celebrity BB i wonder when the normal version will start

    as for our BB i dont care where the house is because i am just so glad that it is coming back but it will be intresting to see if they can salvage the old house or if they will need to flatten it and rebuild

  14. Marius J January 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm -

    @SEDI-yeppers channel 5 r doing a splendid job and lovin’ the house. frankie cocozza and the twins can go-all3 r lame. as is andrew. love the rest specially gareth(and his torso) and denise. r u watching the daily show?

    is anyone watching the daily show?

  15. Dark Angel January 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm -

    Australian made TV has taken a battering with the high Australian dollar making imported programs very cheap to buy. So any high value first run Australian content is surely a good thing for the local industry and jobs.

    Back in the day, I did not like BB much but I loved the online content. In just three years (2006-2008) of the show being on Channel 10, I posted to the online forums 8170 times with a new online moniker with every season.

    BB on Channel 9 needs a very good online presence for the show to work.

  16. SEDI January 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm -

    @marius j – oh its great! Channel 5 have stepped it up this year! (As long as Andrew Stone doesnt win Im happy – but go Natalie!!)

    @robert – Dead Set was dead set amazing. An Incredible series that captured Big Brother and horror so well! Davina as a zombie – wonderful!!

  17. Adrian January 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm -

    The problem I can see here will be the non-stop ads for this that Nine will air during the Olympics. I can already see them driving everyone insane!

  18. David Knox January 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm -

    It is officially and simply called Big Brother. Whether the Secrets element is still part of the show is unclear.

    JM: Tweeted on the weekend.

  19. Matt January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm -

    It appears that Nine have ditched the Secrets tagline from the show. The original promo reel for 2012 has the secrets, but the newer versions just show Big Brother.

  20. JM January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm -

    Where did peter ford post this? I dont see it on his twitter

  21. David Knox January 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm -

    Steve: Unfair. It’s other media that has re-reported his scoops. At least some of us acknowledged the source.

    Juanet: I think you are confusing a $400m commercial development with a BB house. Nowhere have I reported the show is a one-off.

  22. steve sydney January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm -

    Is Peter Ford just trying to get more twitter followers??


  23. effdee January 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm -


  24. Juanet January 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm -

    That is fantastic news and updates. See i new it that Bliegh would want to bring back Big brother show here at the goldcoast. But most people never believed me. If only you watch the news more closely :) I can’t belive the house of big brother construction will cost 400 million dollars.. is that correct ? because down the road from me theres a castle and its huge and it cost 2 million dollars. So 400 millon is alot of money now days. With that you could end up building the russian federation sqaure sort of to speak.

    You say the show will be a one off… I believe if this is correct.. It pretty much means the big brother show will be base here this year follow by having a fair go in nsw or victoria anywhere wheres a theme park is located. Like the wonderland sort of to speak. How ever i hope this is not a one off show… Considering spending 400 million dollars to just built a house that yet is not even big. When i visit the house after the show.. in reality in person the house truely didn’t looked anything a million bucks and sure wasn’t big.

    The trick was that the cameras made it look wide and big as seen on tv. But in person if you went to had a looked at the house you will qiuickly say (it looks so small) but on tv it looks so Big.

  25. HB January 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm -

    So, Channel Nine (which has huge debts that may prove very difficult to pay back when they fall due on February 7th) is desperately trying to revive this zombie production. And when do they plan to start broadcasting? Oh, sometime after their bank debt falls due.

    Yep, who else thinks this be Channel Nine’s Last Hurrah?

  26. marius j January 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm -

    the house channel5 is using for celebrity big brother at the moment is looking good. go garteh thomas and denise welsh i say!

  27. Maev....Sydney January 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm -

    What a surprise…..Not!!!!

  28. MillerT1 January 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm -

    Wow, I never thought that you could pay to rent out the house for a day. That would be fun.

  29. David S. January 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm -

    The idea of a state government, even a Queensland state government, pushing for the return of this piece of deadheaded trash is simply embarrassing to all concerned. They are obviously more desperate for approval than anyone could have imagined. Stay classy Queensland.

    The day this show ended was the most hopeful day in Australian TV for many years. Trust Nine to revive it, they have no sense and no shame either.

  30. robert January 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm -

    Ok, who’s seeen the mini-series “Dead Set”? Best version of BB every!

  31. Mason January 9, 2012 at 11:20 am -

    If they bring back Gretel I’m there. watching that is.

  32. Jacob January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am -

    Wooo! Go Dreamworld!

  33. Snapper Jack January 9, 2012 at 10:17 am -

    Still reckon should be filmed in Luna park! And bring back gretel!!!

  34. marius j January 9, 2012 at 10:17 am -

    i for one can’t wait. i love big brother and after a 3 year break i think it is time for a successful return for this once almight programme

  35. Brenton January 9, 2012 at 10:12 am -

    What about daylight saving when it starts on Oct 7, that’s why Ten aired in late April to July.
    I am guessing Big Brother will start around Sun 19 Aug and no way can it be finished by Oct 7.

  36. KFed January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am -

    Would have been nice to move it to another state for a change. I hope the house at least looks very different.

  37. sarah h January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am -


  38. AS January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am -

    They need to bring back Big Brother Uncut if they expect this to work.

  39. tomothy January 9, 2012 at 9:13 am -

    David, the picture is actually of the auditorium used for eviction night. The house it a little further north down a path. But it is good that they are reusing the location, make the most sense as they have the facilties they need, it just needs a little renovation and a new house built withing the studio/shed they use.

  40. doyle January 9, 2012 at 8:14 am -


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