Surfers glide across the wild waves of the Southern Ocean, and on the small island of Maremma, marine biologists fight for the survival of the little penguin. Along the coast, paleontologists dig for fossils, while lobster fishers battle against meter-high waves. With impressive images and stories, the series explores the Australian continent along the Great Ocean Road. The spectacular coastal road leads through rain forests and past the eucalyptus trees providing a home to Koala bears. Numerous ships have gone under here and to this day seafarers still have great respect for the area — the legendary Shipwreck Coast. Legendary too are the beaches of Bells Beach, where surfers ride the best waves the country has to offer. Toward the south there is only Antarctica.
JOACHIM HAUPT had his directorial debut with a documentary on the underground techno scene in Berlin. His films include: PEPPERS AND NUDES — THE PHOTOGRAPHER EDWARD WESTON (2004), CARL DJERASSI — MY LIFE (2009), the series UP TO THE SKY (2009/2012/2016), and GREAT OCEAN ROAD (2016).