The Amazing Race Australia 2

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The Amazing Race Australia
(series 2)
Season run 30 May 2012
– 15 August 2012
Filming dates 18 November 2011
– 13 December 2011
Winning team Shane Haw & Andrew Thoday
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 17
Distance traveled 65,000 kilometres (40,000 mi)
No. of legs 12
Season Chronology
Series 1 ◄ Chronology ► Australia v New Zealand

The Amazing Race Australia 2 is the second series of the Australian reality television game show The Amazing Race Australia, the Australian version of The Amazing Race. The second series featured eleven teams of two in a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world to win the grand prize of A$250,000. The show was produced by activeTV Australia.

The show premiered on Australia's Seven Network on 30 May 2012, one week after the last episode of the twentieth series of the American series aired in Australia. The show moved back to its old Monday schedule at 7:30 pm on 25 June 2012.[1]

The series concluded with police officers Shane Haw and Andrew Thoday winning the race.

Production[edit]

Filming and Development[edit]

On 17 July 2011, the Seven Network announced that the show was renewed for a second series.

Filming began on 18 November 2011 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. The race travelled across four continents, 9 countries and 17 cities and was over 65,000 kilometres long. This series marked a first time visit by a Eurasian or Australian edition of the franchise to North America, although the first series of the Latin American version was the first, including an Amazing Race first time visit to the nation of Cuba; the United States embargo against Cuba prevents the original American edition from visiting the island. This is also the first version outside of the American edition to circumnavigate the globe.

Three new twists were introduced in this series. The Salvage Pass was awarded in Leg 1, giving the recipient team a choice between a one hour head start or saving the last team from elimination in that leg; and new twists to the U-Turn, the U-Turn in Leg 4 required all teams to vote for the team to be U-Turned at the start of the leg (This twist was also used in the second series of the Israeli version which was also produced by ActiveTV) and the U-Turn in Leg 5 was an Anonymous U-Turn, in which the team who elected to use it will remain anonymous (This twist was also used in the 14th, 16th, 21st and 22nd series of the US Version, known as the Blind U-Turn).[2] In Leg 6 a Yield was present and this is the first time it had been seen in the Australian version.

During Leg 4, Lucy and Emilia were detained for driving into the grounds of a royal palace in Dubai, however, they were eventually released with a warning.

Cast[edit]

Applications for the race ended on 19 August 2011. On 20 April 2012, the teams were announced by the Seven Network.[3] The cast includes a pair of identical twins, Indigenous Australian cousins, cops and a pair of hairdressers. It also features the race's first disabled contestant, Sticky, who was born without a left forearm; Michelle and Jo Troy are both cheerleaders of St. George Illawarra Dragons;[4] former Australian rules footballer Ross Thornton along with his daughter Tarryn. Lucy and Emilia were originally picked for the first series but dropped out at the last minute due to their mother falling sick.

Broadcasting[edit]

The show was on hiatus from 30 July to 6 August 2012 to avoid clashing with the 2012 Summer Olympics. The final three episodes aired from 13 August 2012 on consecutive nights.

Marketing[edit]

Honda, Bing Lee and PUMP water continued their sponsorship, the new sponsors for this series were Zuji Australia, a sister company of Travelocity (an official sponsor of the American version of the series), and Swisse Vitamins.

Results[edit]

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
performed1
1 2 34,5 4 57 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Shane & Andrew Cops 8th 7th 6th 5th 5th 6th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st Shane 5, Andrew 5
Paul & Steve Workmates 10th 5th 5th 6th 1st 1st>+ 1st 1st 1stƒ 4th 2nd 2nd Paul 6, Steve 3
Michelle & Jo Cheerleader Twins 7th 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd<+ 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd Michelle 5, Jo 5
Joseph & Grace Brother & Sister 6th 8th 7th 3rd 4th 3rd^ 7th10 6th 4th 2nd 4th11 Joseph 411, Grace 4
Lucy & Emilia Sisters 11th2 10th 9th 8th 6th 5th 5th 5th 5th 5th Lucy 3, Emilia 5
James & Sarah Dating 3rd 9th 8th 1st 7th8 7th~ 4th 4th 6th Sarah 4, James 3
Sticky & Sam Flatmates 5th 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th^ 6th 7th Sticky 3, Sam 3
Ross & Tarryn Father & Daughter 1st 4th 2nd 7th 8th8 8th~9 Ross 3, Tarryn 1
Kym & Donna Engaged 2nd 6th 4th 9th6 Kym 1, Donna 1
Sue & Teresa Hairdressers 4th 3rd 10th Sue 2, Teresa 0
Adam & Dane Cousins 9th 11th3 Adam 0, Dane 0
  • A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • A blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last but was not eliminated.
    • An italicised blue placement indicates that the team came in last on an elimination leg but were saved by the team with the Salvage Pass.
    • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg of the race and was "Marked for Elimination"; if the team did not finish 1st on the next leg, they would receive a 30-minute penalty.
  • A yellow > means that team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
  • A indicates the team who received a U-Turn. brown ⊃ indicates the team who voted for the U-Turned team or they received it.
  • Matching coloured symbols (orange +, teal ^, magenta –, and olive ~) indicate teams who worked together during part of the Leg as a result of an Intersection.
  • An underlined leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing.
  1. ^ The Roadblock count does not include the results of any unaired Roadblocks.
  2. ^ Lucy & Emilia arrived at the Pit Stop in last place. However, Ross & Tarryn used their Salvage Pass to save Lucy & Emilia from elimination.
  3. ^ Adam & Dane initially arrived 7th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for selling off their possessions. As Adam & Dane were waiting out their penalty, the remaining four teams checked in, dropping Adam & Dane to last place and eliminating them.
  4. ^ Leg 3 had two Roadblocks and an unaired Detour.
  5. ^ Sticky & Sam, Michelle & Jo, Kym & Donna, Paul & Steve, Shane & Andrew, Lucy & Emilia and Teresa & Sue broke more than 15 pots during the pot delivery task and received a 15-minute penalty at the pot drop off point at the other end of the market.
  6. ^ Kym & Donna could not find their way to the Meydan Racecourse. Hours after all the teams had checked into the Pit Stop, Kym & Donna still had not completed the final challenge. Grant came over to the area where they had spent the night and eliminated them.
  7. ^ The U-Turn in Leg 5 was an Anonymous U-Turn; Shane and Andrew did not have to reveal themselves to the other teams as having used the U-Turn.
  8. ^ James & Sarah initially arrived 6th, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Lucy & Emilia checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 7th. Less than 30 minutes later, Ross & Tarryn made their way to the Pit Stop, choosing also to take the same penalty. Grant informed them that they were in last place but it was a non-elimination leg. The penalty was added to the time of the start in the next leg.
  9. ^ Ross & Tarryn had been "marked for elimination", however, since they checked in last, they were eliminated without the 30-minute penalty.
  10. ^ Joseph & Grace initially arrived in 6th place, but were issued a 2-hour penalty for pulling another team's belongings out of the taxi. During that time Sticky & Sam checked in, dropping Joseph & Grace to last place, however, Grant gave them a clue and ordered to start the new leg.
  11. ^ Joseph & Grace failed to make it to the required area of the Great Wall of China for the Roadblock, instead travelling to the Inner Mongolia section of the Great Wall. After all teams had checked in, Grant came out to their location and eliminated them. Joseph elected to perform the Roadblock, but he never got a chance to begin it.

Voting History[edit]

Similar to the second series of the Israeli version, teams on the fourth leg voted for who should receive the U-Turn. The team who has the most votes must complete the other option of the Detour they did not select.

Leg #: 4
U-Turned: Paul & Steve
6-1-1-1
Voter Team's Vote
Shane & Andrew Paul & Steve
Paul & Steve Sticky & Sam
Michelle & Jo Paul & Steve
Joseph & Grace Paul & Steve
Lucy & Emilia Shane & Andrew
James & Sarah Lucy & Emilia
Sticky & Sam Paul & Steve
Ross & Tarryn Paul & Steve
Kym & Donna Paul & Steve

Prizes[edit]

The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg.

  • Leg 1 – A$10,000 from Swisse Vitamins and the Salvage Pass, which can be used in one of two ways: the team can either give themselves a 1-hour time credit at the start of the next leg or save the last arriving team from elimination.
  • Leg 2 – A trip for two to the Japan MotoGP, with VIP Backstage Passes from Honda, worth A$10,000.
  • Leg 3 – A state of the art home entertainment package from Bing Lee, worth A$5,000.
  • Leg 4 – A trip for two to Queenstown, New Zealand, from PUMP Water, worth A$10,000.
  • Leg 5 – A trip for two to the Australian Rally Championship from Honda, worth A$10,000.
  • Leg 6 – A state of the art computer package from Bing Lee, worth A$5,000.
  • Leg 7 – N/A[a]
  • Leg 8 – A trip for two to Queenstown, New Zealand, from PUMP Water, worth A$10,000.
  • Leg 9 – A$10,000 from Southern Cross Travel Insurance.
  • Leg 10 – A$10,000 from Swisse Vitamins
  • Leg 11 – A$10,000 from Southern Cross Travel Insurance.
  • Final leg – A$25,00.

Race summary[edit]

The complete route map for the second series of The Amazing Race Australia.
Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   Yield icon.svg Yield   Intersection icon.svg Intersection   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (Australia → Philippines)[edit]

In the Philippines, teams visited the remains of Cagsawa Church in Albay province and look up for a snake charmer.

Airdate: 30 May 2012

In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Jig or Pig. In Jig, teams had to don traditional costumes then learn and perform a traditional Ibalong Festival dance to the satisfaction of four judges in order to receive their next clue. In Pig, teams would compete in a fiesta game called "Catch the Oily Pig". Teams would have to cover each other in oil and enter a muddy pen to catch four pigs. Once each team member caught two pigs and put them in another pen, a farmer would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Starting Line, teams had to make their way on foot to the Man O'War Steps at the Sydney Opera House, where they took a boat to Barangaroo Wharf. Only one team was allowed on each boat, so it was first come, first serve. There, they had to choose and remove a marked Honda CR-Z from a large maze by moving the 24 surrounding black cars in either a forward or reverse direction only. Both team members had to be in a car to move it. Once finished, they could drive themselves to Sydney Airport in the car they removed.
  • At the market stall in Plaza Miranda, teams had to eat 8 balut eggs each in order to receive their next clue.
  • Upon arriving at the Bicol Isarog TSI Bus Terminal, teams had to sign up for one of three charter buses to Daraga. The first three teams would be on the first bus, the next four teams on the second bus, and the remaining teams on the last bus. Each bus left half an hour apart starting from 12:30am.
  • Upon arriving in Cagsawa Ruins, teams had to find a snake charmer who would give them their next clue.
  • Upon arriving at Luyang Beach in Misibis Bay Resort and Casino, teams had to build a raft with the provided materials and paddle themselves to Mosboron Beach, the Pit Stop for the first leg of the race.

Leg 2 (Philippines → India)[edit]

In Delhi, teams visited the historical step well of Agrasen ki Baoli.

Airdate: 6 June 2012

In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Pull and Poo. Both Detour options required teams to travel to Jabbar and Laallu's Dairy in Bhalswa. In Pull, teams had to take turns milking a cow in order to collect half a litre of milk, which they could exchange for their next clue. In Poo, teams had to make 50 fuel bricks out of cow manure and hay then stick them to a wall in order to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Agrasen ki Baoli, teams had to unwrap and search the turbans worn by a large group of men to find one with the word "correct" written inside it to receive their next clue. If the turban was blank, teams had to re-wrap it before trying again.
  • After the Detour, teams visited Delhi's Old Fort and they had to learn and perform a Bollywood dance with an addition of reciting a Hindi script. If they completed the dance and script to the director's satisfaction, they would receive their next clue.

Leg 3 (India)[edit]

The Madhavendra Palace in Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort was the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: 13 June 2012 (Rest of Australia); 14 August 2012 (ACT,QLD,NSW)

  • Bus: Delhi to Jaipur, Rajasthan (Shiv Vilas)
  • Jaipur (Red Elephant Temple) Detour: Unaired (Unaired)
  • Roadblock: "Who is a fast learner?" Jaipur (Bharat Driving and Maintenance School)
  • Jaipur (Jaipur Market)
  • Roadblock: "Who is the Stairmaster?" Jaipur (Panna Meena ka Kund)
  • Jaipur (Nahargarh Fort – Madhavendra Palace) Pit Stop: Leg 3

During the Pit Stop, all teams were transported by bus to Shiv Vilas for the start of this Leg. There was an unaired Detour at the Red Elephant Temple, as Sarah was shown holding a Detour clue outside the temple in promotional material. The objectives of both sides of the Detour are unknown. In the first Roadblock of the race, teams had to make their way to Bharat Driving and Maintenance School where one team member had to sit through a driver's education class, before navigating themselves through the chaotic streets of Jaipur to a market. If they passed their driving test, they would receive their next clue. In the Leg's second Roadblock, teams had to make their way to Panna Meena ka Kund near Amber Fort where one team member had to figure out how to get from the top of the stairwell to a guru sitting in the middle using a combination of 41 steps down and 10 steps up. If they reached the guru using the correct combination, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Red Elephant Temple, teams were given a blessing from the priest along with their next clue.
  • At the Jaipur Market, teams had to stack an ox cart with 75 pots and deliver them to the other end of the market to receive their next clue. If teams broke more than 15 pots along the way, they would receive a 15 minute penalty.

Leg 4 (India → United Arab Emirates)[edit]

In Dubai, teams visited Wild Wadi Water Park where they had to use boogie boards to surf and grab their next clue.

Airdate: 20 June 2012

In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Camel Dash or Dune Bash. Both Detour options required teams to drive themselves to the Al Faqa Desert. In Camel Dash, teams had to ride a camel through a course and retrieve four coloured flags in order to receive their next clue. In Dune Bash, teams had to drive a dune buggy 10 kilometres around a flagged desert track in order to receive their next clue. There was an unaired Roadblock during the Leg, as Shane was clearly seen holding a Roadblock clue at the Wild Wadi Water Park. The objective is unknown.

Additional tasks
  • At the Pit Start, teams had to participate in the Must Vote U-Turn, the team with the most votes would complete both sides of the upcoming Detour later that Leg.
  • Upon arriving in Dubai, teams had to search the airport car park for a marked vehicle containing their next clue.
  • At the Wild Wadi Water Park, teams had to make their way to Wild Wadi Surf Machine, where teams had to use boogie boards to surf their way to the bottom where they would grab their next clue.
  • At the Meydan Racecourse, teams had to pick a winning horse before the race. If they didn't pick the right horse, they had to wait for the next race to pick again. If their horse won the race, they would receive their next clue. If teams did not bet on the winning horse in any of the races, or came to the course after the races, then one person had to carry their teammate 200 metres (0.12 mi) across the finish line to receive the next clue.

Leg 5 (United Arab Emirates → Turkey)[edit]

In Istanbul, teams visited the famous Hagia Sophia for a Roadblock where they had to memorise 8 Arabic symbols.

Airdate: 25 June 2012

In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Count 'Em Up or Price 'Em Up. In Count 'Em Up, teams had to make their way to Al-Arsa Souq and count the number of dried limes in a sack to receive their next clue. In Price 'Em Up, teams had to make their way to a marked jewellery store in the Gold Souq and arrange 7 pieces of jewellery from the cheapest to the most expensive in order to receive their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to make their way to Hagia Sophia where they had to memorise 8 Arabic symbols and then line them up on a vertical column at the Basilica Cistern. They could only go back to Hagia Sophia once to refresh their memory.

Additional task
  • At the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina, teams had to wait for the arrival of the Dubai Pearl. Once it arrived they could enter the boat and find the skipper, who would give them their next clue.

Leg 6 (Turkey)[edit]

This Leg's Roadblock had racers spinning with the famous Whirling Dervishes.

Airdate: 2 July 2012

In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Shine or Design. In Shine, teams had to locate a marked shoe shine stall at Yeni Camii and convince 10 locals to have their shoes shined for no less than 4 Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png each. In Design, teams must find a marked carpet stall in the Egyptian Bazaar and choose a piece of fabric from an exotic Turkish pattern, then find a perfect match among the carpets to get their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, teams had to make their way to Darüzziyafe Restaurant in the Old City where one team member had to spin with Whirling Dervishes for five minutes continuously to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamami, a Turkish bathhouse, teams had to wash and scrub each other until the word 'Detour' was revealed in the bar of soap.
  • At the Rumeli Castle, Intersected teams had to break through a line of four Turkish oil wrestlers to grab a Turkish lamp off a table, in order to receive the next clue. Afterwards, they were no longer Intersected.

Leg 7 (Turkey → France → Cuba)[edit]

While in Paris, teams headed to the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu for a culinary Roadblock.

Airdate: 9 July 2012

In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to sign up for a cooking class and bake a batch of soufflés. Once their batch passed the satisfaction of the director of the cooking school, he would hand them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Rungis Market, teams had to search among 230 hectares (570 acres) of stalls to find Jean-Marie and collect a 30 kilograms (66 lb) wheel of cheese from his cheese cellar, then deliver it to the Alléosse Cheese Shop 25 kilometres (16 mi) away. If they deliver it undamaged, they would receive their next clue.
  • At the Debilly Footbridge, teams had to find a painter who would hand them their next clue.
  • Upon arriving in Havana, teams had to find a marked classic car and drive themselves to the Tropicana Nightclub.
  • At the Tropicana Nightclub, teams had to find the lead showgirl to find their next clue.

Leg 8 (Cuba)[edit]

The Detours in Havana had teams paid homage to two iconic figures of Cuban history: Argentine revolutionary leader Che Guevara...
...and American novelist Ernest Hemingway.

Airdate: 16 July 2012

In the Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to use a compass and a map to locate a fishing boat with the old man of the sea on board. If they couldn't find the boat, they had the option to catch a fish instead. They were given a time limit, which if they failed to complete either goal within the time limit, they would receive a 4-hour penalty. In the Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Che Puzzle or Daiquiri Guzzle. In Che Puzzle, teams had to complete a 90 piece puzzle of Che Guevara at the Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana to receive their next clue. In Daiquiri Guzzle, teams had to make 6 daiquiris at the Floridita bar and then deliver them through a festival with only one hand to Ernest Hemingway's old room at the Hotel Ambos Mundos. If none of the daiquiris had spilt past a red line or had been dropped along the way, teams would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Marina Hemingway, teams had to sign up for one of four boats departing 30 minutes apart starting from 8:00am.
  • At the Criadero de Cocodrilos near the township of Australia, teams had to feed crocodiles in a marked enclosure and catch a crocodile to receive their next clue.
  • Following the task at the Crocodile Farm, teams then had to travel on foot and by a marked boat across the Laguna del Tesoro to the next Pit Stop.


Leg 9 (Cuba → Canada)[edit]

Upon arriving in Vancouver, Canada, teams went to Stanley Park to participate in a First Nations ritual near the park's totem poles.

Airdate: 23 July 2012

During the Pit Stop, all teams were transported to El Capitolio in Havana for the start of this Leg. In the only Fast Forward of the race, one team had to strip nude and model in a life drawing class in front of six artists. Once they had posed for a predetermined amount of time, the teacher would hand them the Fast Forward reward. On this leg, the Detour was a choice between Toss and Tumble. Both detours required teams to dress up in lumberjack clothing. In Toss, teams had to throw an axe at a target from 6 feet (1.8 m) away. They needed to get 10 shots out of 40 before they could receive their next clue. In Tumble, teams had to take part in logrolling and roll a marked log so that it rotated 10 times in a pool of water. If a team member fell off the log, they were required to swap with their partner. In the Roadblock, one team member had to stand on top of a cable car riding up towards the top of Grouse Mountain, grabbing 3 flags as they passed. If a team failed to capture all three flags in one ascent of the cable car, they had to try again. If they were unsuccessful after 3 attempts, they would receive a four-hour time penalty.

Additional tasks
  • At Stanley Park, teams were told to find the totem poles, where they participated in a traditional Squamish First Nations dance before receiving a blessing by the chief, along with their next clue.
  • After visiting Stanley Park, teams had to collect two paddles and take them to the Vancouver Rowing Club.
  • At the Vancouver Rowing Club, teams had to pick a kayak and travel to Harbour Green Park Dock to decipher a word puzzle using the maritime flags which each represent a letter. If they decoded the phrase, they would receive their next clue.

Leg 10 (Canada)[edit]

The Pit Stop in Banff National Park, Alberta was at the Banff Springs Hotel.

Airdate: 13 August 2012

In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to climb to the top of a frozen waterfall to grab their next clue. In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Search or Ski. Both Detour options required teams to drive themselves to The Lodge of The Ten Peaks and pick up skiing equipment before taking the ski lift up the mountain. In Search, teams had to use an avalanche rescue beacon to search a marked area for a transmitter buried beneath the snow. Once teams dig up this transmitter, they could exchange it for their next clue. In Ski, both team members had to go through a slalom skiing course, passing through all the flags, in order to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Westin Bayshore Hotel, teams had to sign up for one of two buses departing an hour apart.
  • At Wild Bill's Saloon, teams had to ride a mechanical bull for a combined total of sixty seconds. Teams could decide to hang on the bull for even longer and the team with the highest time would receive an additional bonus prize, which unknown to the teams was a thirty minute head start in the next challenge. Shane & Andrew won this prize.
  • At the Great Divide Trail, teams had to lead a team of dog sledges around a 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) course to find their next clue.
  • At the Chateau Lake Louise, teams had to extract a clue from an ice sculpture with only the tools provided. The tools were essentially random items, such as a shoe, that they were required to use.

Leg 11 (Canada → China)[edit]

In Beijing, teams visited the Marco Polo Bridge where they had to count the guardian lion statues.

Airdate: 14 August 2012

In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Waiter or Wheel. In Waiter, teams had to take food orders from customers in a restaurant in Mandarin Chinese and recite each order to the chef. If they pronounced the orders correctly, the chef would give them the meals to serve to the customers. Once every customer on the table received their meal, they would receive their next clue. In Wheel, teams had to spin a wheel with different Chinese delicacies on it, and then eat the dish the wheel stopped on. After each team member had eaten two dishes, they would receive their next clue. In this Leg's Roadblock, teams travelled to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China where one team member had to figure out how to pass through 9 rows of warriors who were guarding their next clue. In each row of warriors, only one warrior would let them through and the others would block them. If the team member was blocked by a warrior 3 times, they would have to go back to the first row and start again. Once they passed through all 9 rows, they would receive their next clue.

Additional Tasks
  • At the Wuzhisheng Foot Reflection Health Center, each team member received a continuous 10 minute foot massage, 5 minutes for each foot, to receive the next clue. If they asked to stop the massage, they would have to start the minutes again.
  • At the Marco Polo Bridge, teams had to count the number of lion head statues. If they were correct they received their next clue.

Leg 12 (China → Australia)[edit]

Lake McKenzie located in Fraser Island, was the location of the final Roadblock and the finish line of the race.

Airdate: 15 August 2012

During the Pit Stop, all teams flew to Guilin for the start of the final Leg. In this Leg's Detour, teams had to travel to a Kindergarten School in Yangshuo where they had to choose between Teach or Learn. In Teach, teams had to choose one of the Kindergarten students and teach them 10 Australian slang words. Once their student correctly recited all 10 words to the teacher, they would receive their next clue. In Learn, teams had to choose one of the Kindergarten students who would teach them how to say the same 10 Australian slang words in Mandarin Chinese. If teams recited all 10 words correctly to the teacher, they would receive their next clue. In the final Roadblock of the race, one team member had to wade out to the 5 clue boxes in the lake which each contained a multiple choice question based on previous experiences on the race. Then they had to place coloured rings around the clue boxes which corresponded to the correct answer. If they got all 5 questions right, they would receive the final clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arriving at the Lijiang River, teams had to don traditional fishermen costumes before paddling out to the river and asking each fisherman in Mandarin Chinese if they had their next clue. If a team asked the wrong fisherman for the clue, they would be given a fish instead.
  • Upon arriving at the Bai Sha Market, teams were to locate a marked stall and convince 10 locals to buy a vegetable slicer for no less than 5 Chinese yuan each, to receive their next clue.
  • Upon arriving in Brisbane, teams had to search the airport car park for a marked vehicle containing their next clue.
  • At the Boggo Road Gaol, one team member was locked in a cell while the other team member had to answer five questions about the teams of the race. Then that team member was locked in a cell while their teammate had to answer the same five questions. If both team members answers matched up, they would receive their next clue.
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams had to dig through a marked area of sand to find a buried treasure chest containing the A$250,000 cash prize.

Ratings[edit]

# Airdate Viewers Total viewers
(Day rank)
Ref
Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 30 May 2012 289,000 310,000 107,000 90,000 89,000 886,000 (10) [5]
2 6 June 2012 268,000 285,000 133,000 107,000 90,000 883,000 (11) [6]
3 13 & 14 June 2012 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 715,000 (N/A) [7][8]
4 20 June 2012 190,000 215,000 103,000 84,000 103,000 695,000 (15) [9]
5 25 June 2012 245,000 318,000 142,000 125,000 142,000 971,000 (11) [10]
6 2 July 2012 310,000 356,000 155,000 116,000 164,000 1,101,000 (7) [11]
7 9 July 2012 317,000 308,000 159,000 117,000 122,000 1,023,000 (9) [12]
8 16 July 2012 252,000 302,000 138,000 106,000 115,000 913,000 (10) [13]
9 23 July 2012 306,000 328,000 140,000 114,000 126,000 1,014,000 (7) [14]
10 13 August 2012 212,000 218,000 130,000 109,000 119,000 787,000 (15) [15]
11 14 August 2012 267,000 252,000 149,000 107,000 121,000 896,000 (12) [16]
12 15 August 2012 296,000 277,000 171,000 117,000 115,000 976,000 (8) [17]
  • Episode 3, aired on 13 June in most areas and 14 June in New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory and because of that, it is unknown how many people watched the show in each area as this episode was not in the top 20 on either night.
  • No episodes aired between 30 July and 6 August, to avoid clashing with the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No prize was mentioned as awarded to the first place team on this leg. Instead, teams were told that they were to immediately continue racing.

References[edit]

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