Netflix announces its first ever original Australian series.
Netflix announces its first ever original Australian series. Supplied

Netflix announces first-ever original Aussie series

AUSTRALIA is finally getting its very own original series on Netflix.

The streaming service behind House of Cards and Original Is The New Black made the announcement today, revealing that it is developing a supernatural crime drama, Tidelands, which follows the story of a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay.

When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town's secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants - a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called "Tidelanders".

The ten-episode first season will be written by Stephen M. Irwin, best known for his work on the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets and Lies, along withExecutive Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath.

Production on the series will begin in Queensland in 2018 by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment.

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"We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands -- this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews," said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show.

"The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water."

Tidelands is the latest of Netflix's investments in Australian content including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey.

Netflix also licenses much-loved Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to Netflix's 100 million members around the world.