Australian Survivor

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For the second season of the American edition set in Australia, see Survivor: The Australian Outback.
Australian Survivor
Australian Survivor season 3 logo.jpg
Promotional logo for season 3
Genre Reality competition
Created by Charlie Parsons
Presented by
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 25
Executive producer(s)
  • Stephen Peters (Season 1)[1]
  • David Mason (Celebrity)[2]
  • Peter Newman & Amilia Fisk (Season 3)[3]
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Original network
Original release 13 February 2002 (2002-02-13) – present
Related shows International versions

Australian Survivor (known as Celebrity Survivor and Australian Celebrity Survivor during season two) is an Australian reality game show based on the popular international Survivor format. The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, which also holds the broadcast rights to the American series. In 2006, a celebrity version aired on the Seven Network. Both incarnations only lasted one season due to low ratings.[4]

In November 2015, the Ten Network, at its network upfronts, announced that it would be reviving the series in 2016.[5]


Further information: Survivor (TV series) § Format

The show follows the same general format as the other editions of the show. The players are split between two "tribes", are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for an extended period of time. Frequent physical and mental challenges are used to pit the teams against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for "immunity", forcing the other tribe to attend "Tribal Council", where they must vote off one of their players.

Once about half the players are remaining, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions are on an individual basis; winning immunity prevents that player from being voted out. Most players that are voted out at this stage form the "Tribal Council Jury". Once down to two people, a final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jury then votes for which player should be considered the "Sole Survivor" and be awarded the grand prize.


The first Australian version of the Survivor format was filmed in 2001, and aired in 2002 on the Nine Network. The program was a contractual obligation if the network were to be allowed to continue to broadcast American Survivor. [6] The program was criticised by fans and critics for poor casting and lower production value to the popular American edition and it was not renewed due to low ratings. The Nine Network continued to broadcast the American edition of the program.[4] Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine's secondary channel; GO! within hours of the original American airing .[7][8]

In 2006, the Seven Network found a loophole in the contract between the Nine Network and Castaway Television, which allowed them to produce a celebrity version of the series, due to a celebrity format being viewed as different from the original format. The Seven Network did not renew the series.[9]

In November 2015, Network Ten revealed at its upfronts event that it would air a new season featuring regular contestants to air in the last quarter of 2016.[10] This new season gives Australian Survivor the distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three commercial networks in Australia.


Season Season
Network Location Days Initial Tribes Winner Runner
13 February,
15 May,
Nine Network Eyre Peninsula, South Australia 39 Two tribes of eight Rob Dickson Sciona Browne 5-2
17 August,
2 November,
Seven Network Efate, Vanuatu 25 Two tribes of six, made up of five members of one gender and one of the other Guy Leech Justin Melvey 3-2
Late 2016 (Late 2016) TBA Network Ten Pulau Tiga, Malaysia[11] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

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Australian Survivor logos
Season 1 logo
Season 1 logo 
Season 2 logo
Season 2 logo 
Season 3 logo
Season 3 promotional logo 

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