Now it’s alright, it’s okay, but you don’t want to look the other way because Australian Survivor has just dropped their first peek at Season 6, and she’s a beaut, mate!
From the sweeping cinematography to the epic pop song remix, it’s everything we’ve come to expect from a SurvivorAU teaser, but it buzzes with a fresh energy. Season 6 was originally supposed to be filmed and aired in late 2020 (marking the first year SurvivorAU would drop two seasons), but as with Survivor globally, it was shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, much like the just-premiered Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island, the decision was made to bring the production back to home turf to get back into the game.
Filmed in Cloncurry, Queensland, the arid Australian Outback makes for a stunning backdrop that is a welcome breath of fresh – if dusty – air in a time where the beaches of Fiji have become a little stale for those who miss the wanderlust of Survivor’s more adventurous roots. Through the eyes of SurvivorAU’s cinematic stylings, it’s sure to be a vivid and unique inland setting for the next battle of wits and strength.
And it will literally be a battle of wits and strength, for this season’s theme relegates the bush setting to be the Beauty, while the contestants square off as “Brains v Brawn.” With the franchise’s love of physicality, it felt like it was only a matter of time before we arrived here, but the show has also become increasingly willing to embrace the strategic side of the game, so this theme feels like a perfect fit.
As for our first glimpses of our castaways, SurvivorAU loves its sporting heroes and AFL legend Gavin Wanganeen is big news. The first Indigenous player to win the esteemed Brownlow Medal, Gavin is eager to make his mark on a new game. He’s accompanied by Felicity “Flick” Palmateer, a professional big wave surfer who reached World Number 2 in her sport and is eager to embrace her strengths to make it to Number 1 here.
Success doesn’t stop at sports, with the Brains tribe gaining award-winning children’s and young adult novelist Wai Chim, who promises to bring the strategy to the fore with all the power she can muster. As the author of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, here’s hoping that we’ll see her appetite for success satiated.
Joining the big leaguers, we also are introduced to our first of the “everyday Aussies.” Personal trainer Daini warns of his opinionated and loud approach but is ready to play aggressively. Maximum security prison guard Dani is tough, and she gauges that her work dealing with dangerous and conniving men has honed her for navigating the manipulations of Survivor. Meanwhile, Labor political operative George seems willing to be the manipulator, working in the shadows as a faceless man to snag the title of Sole Survivor.
So feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’ and check out the teaser, and stay tuned for the premiere date announcement to see which castaway will outwit, outplay and outlast the others to be the last in the outback to (ah, ah, ah, ah) stay alive.