Australian Survivor was one of many TV productions affected by the coronavirus pandemic last year when filming of the sixth season was postponed indefinitely. However, the popular reality-show is preparing to start filming again soon on home soil.
The upcoming season of Australian Survivor will film in Cloncurry, Queensland, as confirmed by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Known as the Friendly Heart of the Great North West, Cloncurry is a town in Outback Queensland, situated 1,700 km north-west of Brisbane.
“Queensland is the place to film right now,” Palaszczuk told MediaWeek. “The positive impacts flowing from our production boom are vast and varied, and my Government is doing everything in its power to maximise these benefits for all Queenslanders.”
She continued: “From big-budget feature films to hit TV series, and now one of Australia’s best-loved reality shows, there really is no limit to the scope, scale and volume of what’s coming through our door.”
Set upon a series of hills with a river flowing nearby, Cloncurry and its surrounding areas boast vast landscapes and natural beauty, including a mysterious “ghost town,” named Mary Kathleen, which was deserted after the closing of its lone mine. It’s safe to say all of this makes for an appealing location to host a season of Survivor.
“We are thrilled that our new Australian Survivor castaways will have the chance to outwit, outplay and outlast each in other, right here in Queensland, Australia,” said Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand. “Outback Queensland’s harsh climate and challenging weather conditions will turn the game on its head.”
“Moving from the beaches of Fiji to the outback of North Queensland will shift the game in a way we haven’t seen before,” McGarvey added. “If the castaways think they know how to play the game, they will need to think again.”
Endemol Shine Australia will be working alongside Screen Queensland to produce the new season, with the aim to showcase Cloncurry’s unique beauty while also respecting the history and culture of the land.
“Importantly, the production acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land, the Mitakoodi People, and are consulting with the local Aboriginal community to gain a deeper understanding of the country on which the series will be filmed,” said Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Peter Newman.
It’s not yet known when exactly filming will begin, though the season is expected to air in late 2021. Network 10 confirmed the return of the series at last year’s Upfronts, promising “brand new tribe-mates, brutal new challenges, and even bigger twists.”
“We saw the best of the best compete in [last year’s] All Stars season,” said host Jonathan LaPaglia. “In 2021, it’s time for some new blood to step into the ring and take the series’ mantra – Outwit, Outplay and Outlast – to a new level. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.”
Stay tuned to Inside Survivor for more information in the coming weeks.