The Amazing Race Australia 2
|The Amazing Race Australia
|Season Run||30 May – 15 August 2012|
|Filming dates||18 November – 13 December 2011|
|Winning team||Shane Haw & Andrew Thoday|
|No. of legs||12|
|Distance traveled||65,000 km (40,000 mi)|
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.
The series concluded with police officers Shane Haw and Andrew Thoday winning the race.
- 1 Production
- 2 Results
- 3 Prizes
- 4 Episode title quotes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (Australia → Philippines)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (Philippines → India)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (India)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (India → United Arab Emirates)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (United Arab Emirates → Turkey)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (Turkey)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Turkey → France → Cuba)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (Cuba)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Cuba → Canada)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Canada)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (Canada → China)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (China → Australia)
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Filming and Development
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 (40,000 mi) 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 but Obama's Administration is pushing for flights to Cuba. 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). 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.
Applications for the race ended on 19 August 2011. On 20 April 2012, the teams were announced by the Seven Network. 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; 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.
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.
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks
|Shane & Andrew||Cops||8th||7th||6th||5th⊃||5th⊃||6th–||3rd||2nd||2nd||1st||3rd||1st||Shane 5, Andrew 5|
|Paul & Steve||Workmates||10th||6th3||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^||7th8||6th||4th||2nd||4th9||Joseph 59, Grace 4|
|Lucy & Emilia||Sisters||11th1||10th||9th||8th||6th||5th–||5th||5th||5th||5th||Lucy 3, Emilia 5|
|James & Sarah||Dating||3rd||9th||8th||1st||7th6||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⊃||8th6||8th~7||Ross 3, Tarryn 1|
|Kym & Donna||Engaged||2nd||5th3||4th||9th⊃5||Kym 1, Donna 1|
|Sue & Teresa||Hairdressers||4th||3rd||10th||Sue 2, Teresa 0|
|Adam & Dane||Cousins||9th||11th2||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. An underlined team placement indicates that the team came in last on a "continue racing" leg was not eliminated.
- ^ Lucy & Emilia arrived at the Pit Stop in last place. However, Ross & Tarryn used their Salvage Pass to save Lucy & Emilia from elimination.
- ^ 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 resulted in their elimination.
- ^ For unknown reasons, the starting placements of Kym & Donna and Paul & Steve were switched after the second leg. Kym & Donna and Paul & Steve arrived in 6th and 5th place respectively, but left in 5th and 6th, respectively.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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 to inform them on their elimination.
- ^ 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. Both of the team's penalty would be assessed through the start in the next leg.
- ^ Ross & Tarryn had been "marked for elimination", however, since they checked in last, they were eliminated without the 30-minute penalty.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Joseph & Grace failed to make it to the required area of the Great Wall of China for the Roadblock, after travelling to the Inner Mongolia section of the Great Wall instead. After all teams had checked in and they finally made it to the Roadblock site, Grant came out to their location (Mutianyu) and informed them on their elimination. Joseph elected to perform the Roadblock (this is included in the Roadblock count), but they were eliminated immediately before being allowed to perform the Roadblock task.
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.
|U-Turned:||Paul & Steve
|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|
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$250,000.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "Don't Need More Friends, Always Need More Money" – Donna
- "We Only Picked Good Looking Ones" – Lucy
- "I Don't Really Like to Use My Brain" – Grace
- "No More Showing Off" – Grace
- "I Know What a Lime is Daddy!" – Tarryn
- "Take a Seat... My Stunning Specimen of a Man!" – Lucy
- "How Do You Fold Liquid?" – Grace
- "It's a Pit Pause" – Sarah
- "Why Am I Trying to Ride a Log on Icy Water?" – Lucy
- "I Do My Riding Better in the Bedroom" – Steve
- "You Have a Smiley Face on Front" – Jo
- "I'm Sorry My Looks, My Facial Expressions Annoy You!" – Paul
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward Yield Intersection U-Turn Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (Australia → Philippines)
Airdate: 30 May 2012
- Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Royal Botanic Gardens) (Starting Line)
- Barangaroo (Barangaroo Wharf)
- Sydney (Sydney Airport) to Manila, Philippines (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)
- Manila (Plaza Miranda)
- Quezon City (Araneta Center Bus Terminal – Bicol Isarog TSI Bus Terminal) to Daraga, Albay (Cagsawa Ruins)
- Bacacay (Misibis Bay Resort and Casino – Luyang Beach)
- Bacacay (Misibis Bay Resort and Casino – Mosboron Beach)
The starting line of the second series of The Amazing Race Australia began in Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Teams had to begin their first task: make their way by 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-served. 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 opened their clues for their first destination: Manila, Philippines and could drive themselves to Sydney Airport in the car they removed. At the airport, teams had to take a provided direct flight to Manila scheduled to arrive at 6:00 pm.
Upon arriving in Manila, teams had to head to Plaza Miranda and find a marked stall where each team member had both to eat eight a local duck embryo egg delicacy known as balut in order to receive their next clue. The clue instructed to travel to Bicol Isarog TSI Bus Terminal where they 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. Once in Daraga, teams went to the famous Cagsawa Ruins and search a snake charmer who would give their next clue.
The clue was for the Detour, given the teams choice 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. The post-Detour clues instructed teams to head to Luyang Beach in Bacacay. At the beach, teams had to build a wooden 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)
Airdate: 6 June 2012
- Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to Delhi, India (Indira Gandhi International Airport)
- Delhi (Agrasen ki Baoli)
- Bhalswa (Jabbar and Laallu's Dairy)
- Delhi (Old Fort)
- Delhi (Qutub Minar)
The leg began where teams must heading back to Manila and travel by plane to Delhi, India. Upon arriving in Delhi, teams had to go to the historical step well of Agrasen ki Baoli where they 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.
The clue was for the Detour, given the choice 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.
The post-Detour clues instructed teams to head to 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, directing them to the Pit Stop at the famous Qutub Minar.
Leg 3 (India)
Airdate: 13 June 2012 (Rest of Australia); 14 June 2012 (ACT,QLD,NSW)
- Delhi to Jaipur, Rajasthan (Shiv Vilas)
- Jaipur (Red Elephant Temple) (Unaired)
- Jaipur (Bharat Driving and Maintenance School)
- Jaipur (Jaipur Market)
- Jaipur (Panna Meena ka Kund)
- Jaipur (Nahargarh Fort – Madhavendra Palace)
During the Pit Stop, all teams were transported by bus to Shiv Vilas in Jaipur for the start of this Leg. Teams opened their clues and instructed them to Red Elephant Temple. At the Temple, teams were given a blessing from the priest along with their next clue. There was a Detour on the leg, as Sarah was shown holding a Detour clue outside the temple in promotional material, the objectives of both sides of the Detour are unknown. But it was completely unaired.
The clue was discovered for the Roadblock and asking "Who is a fast learner?". 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 driving from right-to-left. If they passed their driving test, they would receive their next clue.
The post-Roadblock clue teams headed to Jaipur Market where they 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. The clue was for the second Roadblock, asking "Who is the Stairmaster?". Some teams had an option where the team member did not perform the first Roadblock or both team members perform two Roadblocks. 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. The clue sending teams to the Pit Stop at Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort.
Leg 4 (India → United Arab Emirates)
Airdate: 20 June 2012
- Jaipur (Jaipur Railway Station) to Delhi (New Delhi railway station)
- Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Dubai International Airport)
- Al Faqa (Al Faqa Desert)
- Jumeirah, Dubai (Wild Wadi Water Park)
- Dubai (Meydan Racecourse)
- Dubai (Four Points Helipad)
The leg began where teams informed to travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Upon departing, they 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. First, they must head an overnight train back to Delhi and catch a flight for Dubai.
Once in Dubai, teams searched the airport car park for a marked Honda vehicle containing with their first clue. The clue was for the Detour, given the teams choice 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.
The post-Detour clues instructed teams headed to Wild Wadi Water Park and teams made their way to Wild Wadi Surf Machine where they had to use boogie boards to surf their way to the bottom where they would grab their next clue. There was an unaired Roadblock during the Leg, as Shane was clearly seen holding a Roadblock clue and it was seen unaired. The objective is unknown.
The clue instructed teams went to Meydan Racecourse whey 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, sending them to the helipad of Four Points Hotel for the Pit Stop.
Leg 5 (United Arab Emirates → Turkey)
Airdate: 25 June 2012
- Jumeirah, Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina – Dubai Pearl)
- Deira, Dubai (Al-Arsa Souq or Gold Souq)
- Deira, Dubai (Deira Old Souq Station)
- Dubai (Dubai International Airport) to Istanbul, Turkey (Atatürk International Airport)
- Istanbul (Blue Mosque)
- Istanbul (Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern)
- Istanbul (Archaeological Museum)
The leg started in Dubai and teams headed next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina where teams had to wait the Dubai Pearl, a boat was standing on an offshore. Once it arrived they could enter the boat and find the skipper, who would give them their next clue. The clue was for the Detour, given the teams 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.
The post-Detour clues instructed teams went to Deira Old Souq Station for Anonymous U-Turn Board and their next clue. Shane & Andrew decided to choose Paul & Steve. The clue teams informed heading next to Istanbul, Turkey. Upon arriving in Istanbul, teams made their way to Blue Mosque and search the mosque with their next clue.
The clue was for the Roadblock, asking "Whose memory won't go to water?". Teams travelled to the famous Hagia Sophia where they had to memorise eight 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. Once he/she done with the memorisation, they would receive their next clue. The clue directed them to the Archaeological Museum for the Pit Stop.
Leg 6 (Turkey)
Airdate: 2 July 2012
- Istanbul (Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamami)
- Istanbul (Yeni Camii or Egyptian Bazaar)
- Istanbul (Rumelihisarı)
- Istanbul (Darüzziyafe Restaurant)
- Istanbul (Beyazit Square)
The leg started teams headed to Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamami, a traditional Turkish bath where they had to wash and scrub each other until the word 'Detour' was revealed in the bar of soap. There was an upcoming Yield on this leg, Paul & Steve had to choose Yield Michelle & Jo.
The Detour described where teams had to choice 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 each until receiving their next clue. In Design, teams must find a marked carpet stall in the Spice Bazaar (known as "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.
The clues instructed to the famous Rumelihisarı fortress (known as "Rumeli Castle" in the show) and encounter with the Intersection board. The 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.
The clue was eventually discovered with the Roadblock, teams asked "Who wants to give it a whirl?". 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. The clue sending teams headed to the next Pit Stop at Beyazit Square.
Leg 7 (Turkey → France → Cuba)
Airdate: 9 July 2012
- Istanbul (Atatürk International Airport) to Paris, France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport)
- Paris (Le Cordon Bleu)
- Paris (Rungis Wholesale Market)
- Paris (Alléosse Cheese Shop (in French))
- Paris (Debilly Footbridge)
- Paris (Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport) to Havana, Cuba (José Martí International Airport)
- Havana (Tropicana Nightclub)
- Havana (Hotel Nacional)
The leg started where teams informed to travel next to Paris, France. Upon arrival in Paris, they had to head to Le Cordon Bleu, a cooking school and where they picked up their next clue: the culinary-themed Roadblock and asking "Who's a rising star?". 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 that school, he would hand them their next clue.
The post-Roadblock clue teams instructed to go to Rungis Wholesale Market for their next clue, told them 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. The clue where sending teams to head to the Debilly Footbridge and had to find a painter who would hand them their next clue, instructing them to head to Havana, Cuba.
Upon arriving in Havana, teams had to find a marked classic car at José Martí International Airport and drive themselves to the Tropicana Nightclub where they had to find the lead showgirl to find their next clue, sending them to head to the Pit Stop at the infamous Hotel Nacional. However, teams were told to keep racing and Grant gave them their next clue.
Leg 8 (Cuba)
Airdate: 16 July 2012
- Havana (Marina Hemingway)
- Old Havana (Plaza de la Catedral or El Floridita Bar and Hotel Ambos Mundos)
- Australia, Jagüey Grande (Old Sugar Cane Mill – Crocodile Farm)
- Australia (Hotel Villa Guamá next to Laguna del Tesoro)
At the Pit Stop in Havana, teams received their clue and instructed to head to Marina Hemingway where they had to sign up for one of four boats departing 30 minutes apart starting from 8:00am the following day and searched the ground complex for their next clue, and it was discovered the Roadblock where they asking "Who's feeling a little nautical?". 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. If they find the boat correctly, he would receive their next clue.
The clue was soon turned out with the Detour, given the teams a choice of 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 six 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. If these daiquiris had spilt and damaged, they would start again.
The post-Detour clues instructed teams have to drive to the village of Australia and made their way to an old sugar cane mill where they had to feed crocodiles in a marked enclosure and catch a crocodile to receive their next clue. The clue instructed after that task, teams then had to travel on foot and by a marked boat across the Laguna del Tesoro nearby Hotel Villa Guamá to the next Pit Stop.
Leg 9 (Cuba → Canada)
Airdate: 23 July 2012
- Havana (El Capitolio)
- Havana (José Martí International Airport) to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Vancouver International Airport)
- Vancouver (Stanley Park)
- Vancouver (Vancouver Rowing Club)
- Vancouver (Nicole Sleeth Art Studio)
- Vancouver (Harbour Green Park Dock)
- North Vancouver (The Learning Lodge near Rice Lake)
- North Vancouver (Grouse Mountain)
- Vancouver (CRAB Park)
During the Pit Stop, all teams were transported to El Capitolio in Havana for the start of this Leg. They opened their clues and informing them to travel to Vancouver, Canada. Upon arriving in Vancouver, teams went to Stanley Park where they had to find the totem poles and participated in a traditional Squamish First Nations dance before receiving a blessing by the chief, along with their next clue. The clue instructed 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 to decode the phrase ("Three sheets to the wind, splice to the mainbrace, weigh anchor and set sail"). If they decoded the phrase, they would receive their next clue. The clue contained the Fast Forward, one team travelled to the art studio and 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, skip all of the tasks and direct to the Pit Stop.
Teams otherwise had to do with the lumber-inspired Detour: Toss and Tumble. Both Detours must travel to The Learning Lodge near Rice Lake and 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 in order to receive their next clue. If a team member fell off the log, they were required to swap with their partner.
The clue was eventually discovered for the Roadblock and asking "Who can reach for the sky?". Teams made their way to Grouse Mountain where one team member had to stand on top of a cable car riding up towards the top of the mountain, grabbing 3 flags as they passed in order to receive their next clue. 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. The clue directed teams to the Pit Stop at CRAB Park.
Leg 10 (Canada)
Airdate: 13 August 2012
- Vancouver (Westin Bayshore Hotel) to Banff, Alberta
- Banff (Wild Bill's Saloon)
- Canmore (Rundle Mountain)
- Lake Louise (The Lodge of The Ten Peaks)
- Banff National Park (Great Divide Trail)
- Lake Louise (Chateau Lake Louise)
- Banff (Banff Springs Hotel)
The leg began where teams headed to Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver where they had to sign up for one of two buses to their next destination: Banff, in the Canadian province of Alberta, departing an hour apart. Upon arriving in Banff, teams searched a marked Honda car and drive themselves to Wild Bill's Saloon where they 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.
The clue instructed teams headed to Rundle Mountain in Canmore where they picked up the Roadblock clue and asking, "Who's climbing the walls?". One team member had to do climbing the ice 25 metres (82 ft) at the top of a frozen waterfall using an axe on the scale cliff to grab their next clue.
Upon returning down to their teammate, the clue was eventually discovered with the Detour, given the teams choice between Search or Ski. Both Detour options required teams to drive themselves to The Lodge of The Ten Peaks in Lake Louise 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.
The post-Detour clues instructed teams to travel to Great Divide Trail in Banff National Park where they had to lead a team of dog sledges around a 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) course to find their next clue, sending them to Chateau Lake Louise where they 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 in order to receive their next clue, sending them to the Pit Stop at the base of Banff Springs Hotel.
Leg 11 (Canada → China)
Airdate: 14 August 2012
- Banff to Calgary (Calgary International Airport)
- Calgary (Calgary International Airport) to Beijing, China (Beijing Capital International Airport)
- Beijing (Ghost Street [Chinese: 鬼街; pinyin: Guǐjiē])
- Beijing (Wuzhisheng Foot Reflection Health Center)
- Beijing (Marco Polo Bridge)
- Great Wall of China (Mutianyu)
- Beijing (Forbidden City — Tàimiào Temple)
The leg began teams instructed to fly to Beijing, China. Upon departing, they must depart by bus to Calgary. Once in Beijing, teams went to the Ghost Street and find a marked stall for their next clue. The clue was the Detour, given their choice 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.
The post-Detour clues instructing teams to head to Wuzhisheng Foot Reflection Health Center, where each team member received a continuous ten-minute foot massage, five minutes for each foot, to receive the next clue. If they asked to stop the massage, they would have to start the minutes again. The clue sending them to Marco Polo Bridge where teams had to count the number of lion head statues. If they were correct they received their next clue.
The clue was eventually found out for the Roadblock where teams asking "Who can crack the warrior code?". Teams had to travel to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China where one team member had to figure out how to pass through nine 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 three times, they would have to go back to the first row and start again. Once they passed through all nine rows, they would receive their next clue, directing them to Tàimiào Temple in Forbidden City for the Pit Stop.
Leg 12 (China → Australia)
Airdate: 15 August 2012
- Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport) to Guilin (Guilin Liangjiang International Airport)
- Guilin (Lijiang River)
- Yangshuo (Kindergarten School)
- Yangshuo (Bai Ha Market)
- Guilin (Guilin Liangjiang International Airport) to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Brisbane Airport)
- Kangaroo Point (Captain Burke Park)
- Dutton Park (Boggo Road Gaol)
- Brisbane (Archerfield Airport) to Fraser Island (75 Mile Beach)
- Fraser Island (Lake McKenzie)
During the Pit Stop, all teams flew from Beijing to Guilin for the start of the final Leg. They opened their clues and instructed them to Lijiang River where they 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.
The clue turned out to be the Detour, a choice between Teach or Learn. Both Detours must travel to a Kindergarten School in Yangshuo. 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.
The clue following the Detour instructed teams to head to Bai Sha Market where they had to locate a marked stall and convince 10 locals to buy a vegetable slicer for no less than ¥5 each, to receive their next clue. The clue told teams to travel for their next destination city: Brisbane. Upon arriving in Brisbane, teams had to search the airport car park for a marked vehicle containing their next clue, sending them to Kangaroo Point and find Captain Burke Park to search their next clue, directing them to Boggo Road Gaol.
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, instructing them to drive to Archerfield Airport and board a charter flight to their final destination: Fraser Island. Once in Fraser Island, teams made their way to 75 Mile Beach for their next clue, directing them to Lake McKenzie where they had to pick up the clue.
That clue was for the Roadblock and asking "Who has total recall?". 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 for the final task: teams had to dig through a marked area of sand to find a buried treasure chest containing the A$250,000 cash prize for the Finish Line.
|1||30 May 2012||289,000||310,000||107,000||90,000||89,000||886,000 (10)|||
|2||6 June 2012||268,000||285,000||133,000||107,000||90,000||883,000 (11)|||
|3||13 & 14 June 2012||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||715,000 (N/A)|||
|4||20 June 2012||190,000||215,000||103,000||84,000||103,000||695,000 (15)|||
|5||25 June 2012||245,000||318,000||142,000||125,000||142,000||971,000 (11)|||
|6||2 July 2012||310,000||356,000||155,000||116,000||164,000||1,101,000 (7)|||
|7||9 July 2012||317,000||308,000||159,000||117,000||122,000||1,023,000 (9)|||
|8||16 July 2012||252,000||302,000||138,000||106,000||115,000||913,000 (10)|||
|9||23 July 2012||306,000||328,000||140,000||114,000||126,000||1,014,000 (7)|||
|10||13 August 2012||212,000||218,000||130,000||109,000||119,000||787,000 (15)|||
|11||14 August 2012||267,000||252,000||149,000||107,000||121,000||896,000 (12)|||
|12||15 August 2012||296,000||277,000||171,000||117,000||115,000||976,000 (8)|||
- 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.
- 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.
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