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The Amazing Race Australia
(series 2)
Season run 30 May – 15 August 2012
Filming dates 18 November – 13 December 2011
Presenter Grant Bowler
Winning team Shane Haw & Andrew Thoday
Season statistics
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 17
No. of legs 12
Distance traveled 65,000 km (40,000 mi)
Season chronology
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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]

The 2nd season of The Amazing Race Australia started at the eastern approach of the Royal Botanical Gardens alongside Farm Cove overlooking Sydney Harbour skyline.

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 the Americas, 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.[2] 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).[3] 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.[4] 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;[5] 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
performed
1 2 34 4 5 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 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 9th5 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.
  1. ^ Lucy & Emilia arrived at the Pit Stop in last place. However, Ross & Tarryn used their Salvage Pass to save Lucy & Emilia from elimination.
  2. ^ Adam & Dane initially arrived 7th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for selling off their possessions. The last four teams trailing them checked in during their penalty time, dropping Adam & Dane to last place and resulted in their elimination.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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; their teams were all issued 15-minute penalties at the pot drop off point at the other end of the market.
  5. ^ 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 of their elimination.
  6. ^ 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 James & Sarah to 7th. Less than 30 minutes later, Ross & Tarryn also checked-in during the penalty time, but they were also issued the same penalty; Grant informed them that they were in last place but it was a non-elimination leg; both of the teams' penalty would be assessed at the start of the next Leg.
  7. ^ Ross & Tarryn had been "marked for elimination", however, since they checked in last, they were eliminated without the 30-minute penalty.
  8. ^ Joseph & Grace initially arrived 6th, but were issued a 2-hour penalty for pulling another team's belongings out of the taxi. Sticky & Sam checked in during their penalty time, dropping Joseph & Grace to last place; however, they were notified the Leg was a no-rest leg and Grant gave their next clue.
  9. ^ 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 they made it to the Roadblock site (Mutianyu) after all other teams had checked in, Grant came out to their location to inform them of their elimination. Joseph elected to perform the Roadblock (this is included in the Roadblock count); however, they were eliminated immediately before Joseph begin the Roadblock.

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$250,000.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

  1. "Don't Need More Friends, Always Need More Money" – Donna
  2. "We Only Picked Good Looking Ones" – Lucy
  3. "I Don't Really Like to Use My Brain" – Grace
  4. "No More Showing Off" – Grace
  5. "I Know What a Lime is Daddy!" – Tarryn
  6. "Take a Seat... My Stunning Specimen of a Man!" – Lucy
  7. "How Do You Fold Liquid?" – Grace
  8. "It's a Pit Pause" – Sarah
  9. "Why Am I Trying to Ride a Log on Icy Water?" – Lucy
  10. "I Do My Riding Better in the Bedroom" – Steve
  11. "You Have a Smiley Face on Front" – Jo
  12. "I'm Sorry My Looks, My Facial Expressions Annoy You!" – Paul

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 Ruins in Albay province overlooking Mayon Volcano had to look up for a snake charmer.

Airdate: 30 May 2012

The first Detour of the race was a 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.

Additional tasks
  • At the Starting Line, teams traveled 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 at a time. 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. When they were done, teams will be given their first clue, and they could use their car to drive themselves to the airport for the first destination.
  • At Plaza Miranda, teams must find a marked stall where teams had to eat 8 baluts from an egg-seller's store before receiving their next clue from the egg seller.
  • At Bicol Isarog TSI Bus Terminal, teams signed 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.
  • At the Luyang Beach, teams had to build a wooden raft with the provided materials and paddle themselves to the Pit Stop at Mosboron Beach.

Leg 2 (Philippines → India)[edit]

In Delhi, teams visited the historical step well of Agrasen ki Baoli to look for a turban.

Airdate: 6 June 2012

The Detour was a choice 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-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 the Agrasen ki Baoli, teams have to find from a group of men wearing turbans for one of six that had their word "correct" hidden within their turban, to receive their next clue. If teams do not find one, teams have to rewrap the man’s turban before they could continue searching.
  • At the Old Fort and they had to learn and perform a Bollywood dance with an addition of reciting a script in Hindi. If they performance was 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 June 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 in Jaipur to begin this leg. There was a Detour on the leg, as Sarah was shown holding a Detour clue outside the temple in promotional material; however, the task was not shown on air, and the objectives were unknown.

In the race's first Roadblock, 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.

In the leg's second Roadblock, one team member (alternate team racer who did not complete the first Roadblock was not required) had to figure out how to get from the top of the stairwell to a guru sitting in the middle. If they reached the guru, providing the correct combination of 41 steps down and ten steps up, 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 before they were given their next clue.

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

Teams ended this leg in Dubai on the Four Points hotel in Sheikh Zayed Road.

Airdate: 20 June 2012

The Detour was a 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 (6.2 mi) around a flagged desert track in order to receive their next clue. Teams found the U-Turn reveal board at the end of the Detour task.

There was an unaired Roadblock during the Leg, as Shane was clearly seen holding a Roadblock clue and it was seen unaired. However, this Roadblock was unaired, and further details are unknown.

Additional tasks
  • Before leaving Jaipur, teams voted for who they wished to U-Turn; afterwards, they must head an overnight train back to Delhi and catch a flight for Dubai.
  • Upon arriving Dubai, teams picked up a marked Honda vehicle at the airport carpark along with their next clue.
  • At Wild Wadi Water Park, teams must use boogie boards to surf their way to the bottom of the Surf Machine where they would grab their next clue.
  • At the Meydan Racecourse, teams picked a winning horse before the race. If their horse won the race, they would receive their next clue; otherwise they must wait for the next race to try again. If teams did not bet on the winning horse in any of the races, or came out to the course after the race, one team member had to carry their teammate 200 metres (220 yd) across the finish line to receive the next clue.

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

Upon arriving in Istanbul, teams visited the famous Blue Mosque.

Airdate: 25 June 2012

The Detour was a choice 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 seven pieces of jewellery from the cheapest to the most expensive in order to receive their next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member must 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 should the team member unable to recall the symbols. Once the order of symbols were lined correctly, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina, 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.
  • After completing the Detour, teams must make their way to Deira Old Souq Station where teams would encounter the Anonymous U-Turn Board.
  • Upon arrival at Blue Mosque, teams had to find Sultan at the mosque's grounds, who would receive their next clue.

Leg 6 (Turkey)[edit]

This leg's Roadblock had teams participate in traditional Turkish tradition of Whirling Dervishes.

Airdate: 2 July 2012

The Detour was a 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 Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png 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.

In this Roadblock, 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, one team member from each team have to wash the other team member using the soap provided, until the word 'Detour' was revealed in the bar of soap.
  • At 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, to receive the next clue. Afterwards, they were no longer Intersected.

Leg 7 (Turkey → France → Cuba)[edit]

While at Paris, teams visited the Passerelle Debilly overlooking the famous Eiffel Tower.

Airdate: 9 July 2012

In this culinary-themed 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 that school, he would hand them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Rungis Wholesale Market, teams have 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 without damaging the cheese, 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 located outside of the airport and drive themselves to the Tropicana Nightclub where they had to find the lead showgirl to find their next clue.

Leg 8 (Cuba)[edit]

One of the Detour choices in Havana where teams delivered a glass of daiquiris to the infamous Hotel Ambos Mundos.

Airdate: 16 July 2012

For this 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. If they find the boat correctly, he would receive their next clue. They were also given a time limit to complete the Roadblock; if they failed to complete either goal within the time limit, they would incur a 4-hour penalty.

The Detour in the leg was 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 at least one daiquiri was spilt and damaged, they would must go back to the bar and make the daiquiris again.

Additional tasks
  • At the Marina Hemingway, teams signed 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.
  • After the Detour, 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. Afterwards, 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)[edit]

Upon arriving in Vancouver, 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 moved to El Capitolio in Havana to begin this leg of the race. In this 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 art teacher would hand them the Fast Forward award.

Teams who did not choose the Fast Forward had to complete the lumber-inspired Detour, a choice of 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 and try again.

In this Roadblock, one team member had to stand on top of a cable car riding up towards the top of the mountain, while grabbing three 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 three ascents, teams would incur a 4-hour time penalty.

Additional tasks
  • At 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.

Leg 10 (Canada)[edit]

Teams ended this leg of the race in Alberta at the Banff Springs Hotel inside the Banff National Park.

Airdate: 13 August 2012

In this Roadblock, 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.

The Detour was a choice of 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. They have to pass through all the flags to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Westin Bayshore Hotel, teams had to sign up for one of two buses to their next destination: Banff, Alberta, departing an hour apart.
  • Upon arriving in Banff, teams traveled to Wild Bill's Saloon where they had to ride a mechanical bull for a combined total of sixty seconds. Teams had an option to hang on the bull for an even longer time; the team with the longest time would have a 30-minute advantage in the next task, the Roadblock.
  • After the Detour, teams have to travel though the 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
  • 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 in order to receive their next clue.

Leg 11 (Canada → China)[edit]

Teams visited the famous Great Wall of China and the Mutianyu section for the Roadblock.

Airdate: 14 August 2012

The Detour was a 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 teams must finish the dish the wheel stopped on. After each team member ate two dishes, they would receive their next clue.

In this Roadblock, 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.

Additional tasks
  • At the Ghost Street, teams must find a marked stall for their next clue.
  • At Wuzhisheng Foot Reflection Health Center, where each team member endure a continuous ten-minute foot massage, five minutes for each foot, to receive the next clue. In the event teams were unable to bear the painful part of the massage, they would tap one side of their chair and say "uncle" to signal the masseuse to stop; however, the consequence of doing so would result in restarting the massage from the beginning.
  • At Marco Polo Bridge, teams had to count the number of lion head statues. Once teams provided the correct number, they would receive 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 from Beijing to Guilin and they had to begin at Guihu Lake for the final Leg of the race. The final Detour of the race, requires teams to travel to a Kindergarten School in Yangshuo, to complete either 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 five 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 five questions right, they would receive the final clue.

Additional tasks
  • 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.
  • At the Bai Sha Market, teams 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.
  • 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 were a perfect match, they would receive their next clue.
  • At Archerfield Airport, teams must 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.
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams must dig up a treasure chest containing A$250,000 within a marked area and carry it to the nearby Finish Line.

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) [7]
2 6 June 2012 268,000 285,000 133,000 107,000 90,000 883,000 (11) [8]
3 13 & 14 June 2012 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 715,000 (N/A) [9][10]
4 20 June 2012 190,000 215,000 103,000 84,000 103,000 695,000 (15) [11]
5 25 June 2012 245,000 318,000 142,000 125,000 142,000 971,000 (11) [12]
6 2 July 2012 310,000 356,000 155,000 116,000 164,000 1,101,000 (7) [13]
7 9 July 2012 317,000 308,000 159,000 117,000 122,000 1,023,000 (9) [14]
8 16 July 2012 252,000 302,000 138,000 106,000 115,000 913,000 (10) [15]
9 23 July 2012 306,000 328,000 140,000 114,000 126,000 1,014,000 (7) [16]
10 13 August 2012 212,000 218,000 130,000 109,000 119,000 787,000 (15) [17]
11 14 August 2012 267,000 252,000 149,000 107,000 121,000 896,000 (12) [18]
12 15 August 2012 296,000 277,000 171,000 117,000 115,000 976,000 (8) [19]
  • 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]

  1. ^ Knox, David (19 June 2012). "Airdate: Mrs. Brown's Boys. Bumped: The Amazing Race Australia". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Obama Administration Pushes for Deal to Start Flights to Cuba by Year's End". The Wall Street Journal. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (20 April 2012). "The Amazing Race Australia 2: Teams". throng.com.au. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  4. ^ The Amazing Race Australia 2 Cast Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  5. ^ "Troy twins add sexy new reality to The Amazing Race Australia". The Daily Telegraph. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  6. ^ "The Learning Lodge is seen in the show on the outskirts of the Detour location (in the woods)". Wikimapia. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  7. ^ Knox, David (31 May 2012). "Wednesday 30 May 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  8. ^ Knox, David (7 June 2012). "Wednesday 6 June 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  9. ^ Knox, David (14 June 2012). "2.47m as Blues and Origin rule Wednesday". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  10. ^ Knox, David (15 June 2012). "1.41m for Hamish & Andy, but Seven takes Thursday". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  11. ^ Knox, David (21 June 2012). "Wednesday 20 June 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  12. ^ Knox, David (25 June 2012). "Monday 25 June 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  13. ^ Knox, David (2 July 2012). "Monday 2 July 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  14. ^ Knox, David (10 July 2012). "Monday 9 July 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  15. ^ Knox, David (17 July 2012). "Monday 16 July 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  16. ^ Knox, David (24 July 2012). "Monday 23 July 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  17. ^ Knox, David (14 August 2012). "Monday 13 August 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  18. ^ Knox, David (15 August 2012). "Tuesday 14 August 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  19. ^ Knox, David (16 August 2012). "Wednesday 15 August 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2012.

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