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Presented by: Lincoln Howes
Name: Australian Survivor
Season: 1
Season Run: February 13, 2002 - May 15, 2002
Episodes: 13
Survivors: 16
Winner: Robert Dickson
Runner(s)-up: Sciona Browne
Tribes: Kadina
Tipara
Aurora
Contestant cast
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Contestant intro
Australian Survivor 2002 Intro

Australian Survivor 2002 Intro

Contestant chronology
Next Season: Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu


Australian Survivor (2002) is the first season overall of the Australian franchise of Survivor.

Filmed in the Eyre Peninsula located within Australia, the season featured sixteen castaways competing for $500,000. The format of the season followed close to the inaugral edition of the American Survivor franchise.

Production & Development

Conception

In 2000, Nine began airing Survivor: Borneo (the first season of the American Survivor series). The agreement for Nine to air the American series included the condition that they must produce their own local Australian edition of Survivor. The local edition was announced publicly during the night of the local airing of the finale of Survivor: The Australian Outback in early May 2001. This announcement also began the casting call for Australians willing to compete on the show.

Filming & Development

The people included for consideration for host included Grant Kenny, Jamie Durie and Richard Hatch, the "Sole Survivor" of Survivor: Borneo. Eventually, Lincoln Howles, a journalist from Nine's 60 Minutes, was named as host.

The production scouted locations across Australia to be used for the series. Locations considered included Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region in Western Australia. However production setteled on Whaler's Way, on the South Australian coastline, 30 km (19 mi) from the town of Port Lincoln, where production was based for the series. This location set up a nautical/shipwreck theme for the series. A majority of the challenges centred around the water (many of which were originally created by the show and not derived from the American series), Tribal Council was located on a shipwreck called "The Great Beyond", Tribal Immunity was in the form of a bell and Individual Immunity was in the form of a rope necklace with shark's teeth. The theme song incorporated an Irish jig in a nod to Australian history – First Fleet arriving. An extended version of the main theme was played during the closing credits of the live Finale and Reunion show.

Broadcast

The show was broadcast by the Nine Network in the Wednesday 8:30pm timeslot and was rated PG. In addition to 12 regular hour long episodes and the 3 hour long finale/reunion show, two specials for the series were produced. An auditions special aired the day before the main series aired, showing some of the highlights and lowlights from the 8,500 audition submissions sent in to the show before officially revealing the 16 people who would compete on the series. Additionally, the program included an interview with Ethan Zohn; the "Sole Survivor" of Survivor: Africa. The other special was a behind-the-scenes show that aired a few weeks after the series ended and was titled Surviving Survivor. Among other things, this special revealed that the final four wanted to quit the show due to the dramatic turn of events concerning Katie's behaviour (her mental breakdown right before the Tribal Council on Day 37). The producers threatened to give the prize money to the last eliminated contestant (Sophie) if the contestants continued to defy production.

The format of the Finale and Reunion shows of Nine's Australian Survivor was rather different to the American edition's finales at the time. The finale/reunion program featured reunion show host, Eddie Maguire introducing each segment of the show live from the finale venue as the night progressed. The finale/reunion shows on the American edition would begin to use this format from its 28th season (Survivor: Cagayan).

Promotion

The evicted contestant from each episode was featured for an interview on the Today show on the following day. These interviews were conducted by Richard Wilkins just before the 8:00 AM news. This paralleled the American edition, where evicted Survivor contestants were interviewed on CBS' The Early Show during its time on air.

The program had several sponsors who were involved in product placements spots on the show (most as rewards for reward challenges). Sponsors included Cadbury, IBM, Jetset travel agencies, Schweppes, Fa deodorant for men, Lays potato crisps, Telstra, Ford and Intel Pentium (which was also used in producing the show's graphics).

Survivors

16 castaways were selected to compete, divided into two tribes.

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Voted Out
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
S1 lucinda
Lucinda Allen-Rhodes
43, Byron Bay, New South Wales
Kadina 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S1 tim
Tim Dugan
51, Green Point, New South Wales
Kadina 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S1 david
David Haas
34, Sydney, New South Wales
Kadina 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
S1 jeff
Jeff Brown
52, Canberra, Australian Capitol Territory
Tipara 4th Voted Out
Day 12
S1 deborah
Deborah Peart
26, Sydney, New South Wales
Kadina 5th Voted Out
Day 15
S1 sylvan
Sylvan Dorney
25, Sydney, New South Wales
Kadina 6th Voted Out
Day 18
S1 caren
Caren Shaw
28, Darwin, Northern Territory
Kadina Aurora 7th Voted Out
Day 21
S1 naomi
Naomi Knight
22, Melbourne, Victoria
Kadina 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
S1 craig
Craig Abbot
27, Point Lonsdale, Victoria
Kadina 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S1 lance
Lance Brooks
39, Sydney, New South Wales
Tipara 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S1 jane
Jane Dalton
18, Newcastle, New South Wales
Tipara 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
S1 sophie
Sophie Woods
30, Sydney, New South Wales
Tipara 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
S1 katie
Katie Gold
24, Melbourne, Victoria
Tipara 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
S1 joel
Joel Betts
22, Sydney, New South Wales
Tipara 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
S1 sciona
Sciona Browne
49, Perth, Western Australia
Tipara Runner-Up
S1 robert Robert "Rob" Dickson
37, Traralgon, Victoria
Tipara Sole Survivor

Season Summary

Episode Guide

Challenge winners and eliminations by episode
Episode # Original Air Date Challenges Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
Whaler's Way February 13, 2002 Kadina Tipara Lucinda 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Violent Weather and Violent People February 20, 2001 Kadina Tipara Tim 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
The Losing Streak February 27, 2002 Kadina Tipara David 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
The Struggle of Both Tribes March 6, 2002 Tipara Kadina Jeff 4th Voted Out
Day 12
It's Just Too Hard! March 13, 2002 Kadina Tipara Deborah 5th Voted Out
Day 15
This Game is Way Different Then it Looks March 20, 2002 Tipara Tipara Sylvan 6th Voted Out
Day 18
It's Time to Merge April 3, 2002 Craig Caren 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Pick Off April 10, 2002 Naomi
[Craig]
Craig Naomi 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
I Just Feel So Bad April 17, 2002 Lance
[Jane, Joel, Katie
Rob, Sciona, Sophie]
Sophie Craig 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
He's a Threat, She's A Threat
We're all Threats!
April 24, 2002 Jane Joel Lance 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Cockiness Comes to an End May 1, 2002 Joel Sciona Jane 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Who's the Odd Man Out? May 8, 2002 Katie
[Joel, Rob
Sciona, Sophie]
Katie Sophie 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Finale/Reunion May 15, 2002 Katie
[Joel, Rob
Sciona]
Rob Katie 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Rob Katie 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury vote
Sciona Runner-Up
Rob Sole Survivor

Voting History

Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated:
S1 lucinda
Lucinda
S1 tim
Tim
S1 david
David
S1 jeff
Jeff
S1 deborah
Deborah
S1 sylvan
Sylvan
S1 caren
Caren
S1 naomi
Naomi
S1 craig
Craig
S1 lance
Lance
Tie Deadlock
S1 jane
Jane
S1 sophie
Sophie
S1 katie
Katie
S1 joel
Joel
8-0 4-1-1-1 5-1 5-3 3-2 3-1 7-2-1 7-1-1 7-1 5-1-1 3-3 2-2 Countback 3-2 3-1 1-0
Rob Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Lance Jane Jane Sophie Katie Joel
Sciona Jane Caren Naomi Craig Lance Jane Jane Sophie Katie
Joel Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Jane Jane None Sophie Katie
Katie Jane Caren Naomi Craig Lance Joel Joel Rob Joel
Sophie Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Lance Joel Joel Rob
Jane Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Lance Joel None Eliminated
Lance Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Sciona
Craig Lucinda David David Deborah Sylvan Rob Rob Rob
Naomi Lucinda Tim David Deborah Sylvan Lance Lance
Caren Lucinda Tim David Deborah Sylvan Lance
Sylvan Lucinda Tim David Caren Naomi
Deborah Lucinda Tim David Caren
Jeff Jane
David Lucinda Caren Craig
Tim Lucinda Deborah
Lucinda Lucinda

Final Tribal Council

Final Vote
Episode 13
Finalists S1 sciona
Sciona
S1 robert
Rob
Votes 5-2
Joel Rob
Katie Sciona
Sophie Rob
Jane Rob
Lance Rob
Craig Sciona
Naomi Rob

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References

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