Muriel’s Wedding star Rachel Griffiths is set to host a new ABC series exploring the stories of some of Australia’s most famous paintings

Australia’s much-loved actress Rachel Griffiths will travel across the continent in a new ABC drama show, Great southern landscapes.

An exciting new trailer reveals that the six-part half-hour series will tell the stories of some of Australia’s most famous paintings.

The Muriel’s Wedding star-turned-presenter says in the preview that she traveled “to the exact location where our favorite artists shot their iconic images.”

Australia’s much-loved actress Rachel Griffiths (pictured) will take viewers on a journey across the continent in ABC’s new feature show Great Southern Landscapes and host the show

“Along the way, I will discover the stories behind the epic landscapes,” she added.

The preview features gorgeous images that fly over outback landscapes, rugged river thickets and sparkling inland plains.

Rachel, 53, examines paintings up close in galleries and discusses them with experts.

Fans can expect the show to celebrate Australia’s wilderness and culture as Rachel “follows in the footsteps of a great artist”.

The six-part half-hour series will look at some of Australia's most famous paintings Picture: A scene from the Great Southern Landscapes

The six-part half-hour series will look at some of Australia’s most famous paintings Picture: A scene from the Great Southern Landscapes

Among the works discussed in the series are paintings by Olsen to Von Guerrard, Arthur Streetan, Albert Namajira, Nareli Autia and Clarissa Beckett.

The “Six Feet Under Water” star says in the trailer that “The Great Southern Landscape” is an opportunity to discover “the epic views and artists that have inspired our national imagination.”

The show, Rachel says in the preview, will “celebrate our cities, travel to the great lakes, hit the backcountry and hit the beach.”

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The Muriel’s Wedding star says in a new trailer for the series that she traveled “to the exact location where our favorite artists shot their iconic images.”

Rachel, who is an art lover, will be exploring art for the second time on TV after ABC’s popular three-part series Finding Archibald in 2021.

Married to artist Andy Taylor, the high-profile couple returned to Australia from the United States in 2012.

Griffiths and Taylor are parents to son Banjo, 17, and daughters Adelaide, 16, and Clementine, 12.

Rachel Griffiths and her husband Andy Taylor (pictured in 2010)

Rachel Griffiths and her husband Andy Taylor (pictured in 2010)

In a May column for Stellar magazine last year, the star, who lived in the US for ten years before returning to Australia, explained her reasons for returning home.

“I wanted to come home and tell our own Australian stories with humanity and energy,” she wrote.

“So I did, and the years that followed were the most satisfying of my career.”

Great Southern Landscapes debuts on ABC and ABC iview on Tuesday 9 August

Rachel Griffiths, 52 (pictured), returned to Australia in 2012 after a decade living in the US

Rachel Griffiths, 52 (pictured), returned to Australia in 2012 after a decade living in the US

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