Emmy-award winning Modern Family has touched down in the Whitsundays, much to the excitement of fans and local government.

Award-winning US televisions series Modern Family is causing excitement with the announcement of its plans to film in the Whitsundays.

The highly anticipated ‘Australian vacation’ episode will film on the Great Barrier Reef and at the Hayman, which is currently closed to the public.

Exact dates of filming are yet to be confirmed, with the final episode set to showcase Queensland to millions of US viewers.

Co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, who will direct the ‘Australia’ episode of Modern Family, says the crew are excited about visiting Queensland.

“We just had to go to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef since, like Sofia Vergara, it’s one of the natural wonders of the world,” he says.

Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Acting Chief Executive Officer Daryl Hudson says this is the first time the show has filmed an episode outside of the US and he is absolutely thrilled that the production team chose the Whitsundays.

“This is very exciting news and we are delighted that the Whitsundays once again will capture the attention of millions when showing off its natural wonders to the world.

“The publicity value is enormous and we are delighted that the Whitsundays is showcased as Australia’s prime holiday location in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef,” Hudson says.

Arts Minister Ian Walker says the production would put Queensland under the international spotlight.

Modern Family is a hugely popular show and it’s very exciting for our tourism industry to know that places like the Great Barrier Reef and Hayman Island will be seen by millions of people right round the world,” Walker says.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey says the deal would see images of Queensland reach an estimated audience of 100 million around the world.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Queensland’s destinations and encourage the show’s fans to visit our state,” Stuckey says.

For those wanting to combine star-spotting with a short break, here are some insider travel tips for the Whitsundays:

Top 5 Insider Tips to Star Spot:

1. Charter a yacht and sail the calm Whitsunday waters – moor at Hook Island which is situated just opposite Hayman Island.
2. Treat yourself to a stay at Hamilton Island’s luxury resort qualia. Head to the spa and enjoy an exclusive lunch overlooking the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.
3. Hire a golf buggy on Hamilton Island and cruise around the island – surely this is something Phil Dunphy would do!
4. Take a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef – you may be able to star spot but most certainly you will be a witness of the magnificent beauty and may spot some manta rays in the water
5. Tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club on Dent Island – Jay Pritchett style!

Are you a big fan of the Modern Family series? What do you think will feature in the ‘Australia’ episode to be filmed in the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef?