The Amazing Race Australia
|The Amazing Race Australia|
|Created by||Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
|Presented by||Grant Bowler|
|Starring||The Amazing Race Australia contestants|
|Theme music composer||John M. Keane|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael McKay
|Running time||60-90 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific|
|Original channel||Seven Network|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||16 May 2011– present|
|Related shows||International Versions|
On 19 July 2010, Seven Network has purchased the format rights to produce the Australian series. The show is produced by ActiveTV in assosiation with ABC Studios. It is distributed by Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific. The host for the show is New Zealander-born actor Grant Bowler.
The grand prize for the winning team is A$250,000.
The Race 
The Amazing Race Australia is a reality television competition between teams of two in a race around the world. The race is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop where teams are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg twelve hours later. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize while the last team is normally eliminated from the race (except in non-elimination legs, where the last team to arrive may be penalised in the following leg). The final leg of each race is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins the A$250,000 cash prize.
Each team is composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. A total of 44 participants have joined The Amazing Race Australia.
Route Markers 
Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow. Route markers were, however, coloured yellow and green in the second leg of series 1 to avoid confusion with the flag of South Vietnam.
Clues are found throughout the race in sealed envelopes, normally inside clue boxes. They give teams the information they need and tasks they need to do in order for them to progress through the race.
- Route Info: A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
- Detour: A choice between two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
- Roadblock: A task only one team member can complete. Teams must choose which member will complete the task based on a brief clue about the task before fully revealing the details of the task.
- Fast Forward: A task that only one team may complete, allowing that team to skip all remaining tasks and head directly for the next Pit Stop. Teams may only claim one Fast Forward during the entire race.
During the race, teams may face the following which may potentially slow them down:
- Yield: It is where a team can force another trailing team to wait a pre-determined amount of time before continuing the race.
- U-Turn: It is located after a Detour where a team can force another trailing team to return and complete the other option of the Detour they did not select. In series 2, the "Must Vote U-Turn" was introduced, having all teams voting at the start of the leg for whom they wish to receive the U-turn; The team with the most votes would be U-turned sometime during the leg. Also, an Anonymous U-Turn is where a team may U-Turn another trailing team without having to reveal themselves.
- Intersection: A sign indicating that two teams must complete further tasks together until a clue indicates that they have been unintersected.
At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash, usually in Australian Dollars, to cover expenses during the race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided by the race).
Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes, boats, trains, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a twelve hour Pit Stop where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrives last are progressively eliminated from the race until only three teams remain. Most legs comprise of three or more challenges, often a Roadblock, Detour and a Route Info Task. The first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.
- The Express Pass was awarded to the winners of the first leg of series 1 which allows that team to skip any task they want during the race. Sam & Renae won this pass and used it to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 3.
- The Salvage Pass was awarded to the winners of the first leg of series 2 which allows that team to either save the last team to arrive on Leg 1 from elimination or gain a 1-hour lead in the next leg. Ross & Tarryn won this pass and used it to save Lucy & Emilia from elimination.
Non-elimination legs 
Each race has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race. However, that team is marked for elimination, where they are required to arrive first in the next leg or face a 30-minute penalty.
Double-length legs 
Double-length legs are where teams are instructed to go to the next Pit Stop but actually must continue racing without a twelve hour Pit Stop. In series 1 the clue to the Pit Stop said "Grant Bowler Awaits" with no mention of elimination but in series 2 the clue did warn teams of elimination.
Rules and Penalties 
- Unless otherwise stated, such as during Roadblocks, team members must stay within twenty feet of each other and stay close to their assigned camera and sound crew.
Most Penalties are adapted from the US version but sometimes the show will use its own rules.
- If a team fails to complete a Roadblock, Detour or Route Info task, they receive a 4-hour penalty. (In the US version the penalty for a Roadblock remains at 4 hours but for Detour or Route Info tasks the penalty is 6 hours.)
- If a team fails to complete an Intersection task, they receive a 2 or 4-hour penalty. This occurred to Anastasia & Chris and Sam & Renee of series 1. It is not stated but assumed that the larger penalty is given to the team that quits.
- If a team hitchhikes or travels in privately owned vehicles, they receive a 20-minute penalty. This occurred to Sam & Renae and Tyler & Nathan of series 1.
- If a team fails to take a particular type of transport or travel class, they receive a 10-minute penalty. This occurred to Jeff & Luke of series 1 who travelled on a second class train carriage when told to travel on a third class carriage.
- If a team sells their own items in order to raise money, they receive a 30-minute penalty. This occurred to Adam & Dane of series 2.
- If a team pulls another team's belongings out of their taxi, they receive a 2-hour penalty. This occurred to Joseph & Grace of series 2.
Series summary 
The first series premiered in May 2011 and ended in August 2011. The second series premiered in May 2012 and ended in August 2012. The third series was announced in August 2012, however it was notably absent when the network revealed its 2013 schedule in October. It still wasn't confirmed even after the show won an International Emmy Award in December 2012 and an AACTA Award in January 2013. According to the network's Head of Programming at the end of January 2013, a third series of The Amazing Race Australia in "the back half of the year" may yet be announced.
|Premiere Date||Finale Date|
|1||16 May 2011||1 August 2011||Tyler Atkins & Nathan Joliffe||11||Grant Bowler||First series||1.125||Monday 8:30 PM|
|2||30 May 2012||15 August 2012||Shane Haw & Andrew Thoday||Introduced the must vote U-Turn, Anonymous U-Turn, Yield and Salvage Pass.||0.905||Wednesday 9:00 PM1,2
Monday 7:30 pm1,3
^Note 1 : The first four episodes aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM and starting with the fifth episode, episodes started airing on Mondays at 7:30 PM.
^Note 2 : Episode 3 aired in ACT,QLD and NSW on Thursday 9:00 PM.
^Note 3 : Episode 11 and 12 air on Tuesday and Wednesdays 7:30 pm as a part of the shows 'Finale Week'.
Countries and locales visited 
As of 2013, The Amazing Race Australia has visited 18 countries and 5 continents.1
North America 
- ^ This count only includes countries that fielded actual route markers, challenges or finish mats. Airport stopovers are not counted or listed.
- ^ Including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau (1).
- ^ Including the Palestinian-governed territory of the West Bank (1).
- ^ Includes 2 finish lines
The premiere episode of series 1 was placed in top 5 ratings behind MasterChef Australia, Come Fly with Me and two nightly news. It had more viewers in the Melbourne and its regional area during the week of 15–21 May 2011.
Awards and Nominations 
|2011||Asian Television Awards||Best Adaptation of an Existing Format||Series 1, Episode 1||Won|
|Best Director||Michael McKay for Episode 1||Won|
|ASE Awards||Omnilab Media Award for Best Editing in a Television Non-Drama||Joel Page and Tom Meadmore||Nominated|
|2012||International Emmy||Non-Scripted Entertainment||Series 1||Won|
|Asian Television Awards||Best Adaptation of an Existing Format||Series 2||Nominated|
|2013||AACTA Awards||Best Director||Michael McKay for Episode 1||Nominated|
|Best Reality Television Series||Matthew Kowald and David Gardner||Won|
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