L to R: Craig Abbott, Naomi Russell, Lincoln Howes, Deborah Peart, Sciona Browne & Lance Brooks.
In 2002 the very first Australian Survivor, filmed at Whalers Method, close to Port Lincoln, aired on 9 and final weekend a bunch of unique solid members and the host Lincoln Howes returned to the positioning for the primary time because the filming of the present.
Howes was joined by runner-up Sciona Browne, Lance Brooks, Craig Abbott, Naomi Russell & Deborah Peart as a part of a reunion weekend hosted by Australian Survivor historical past podcast Australian Survivor Archives.
The group ventured out to the unique filming location the place they visited the unique tribe camps of Kadina, Tipara and merge tribe Aurora. Additionally they visited the positioning of tribal council in addition to the well-known windmill that was used closely in promotion for the collection, and was additionally the positioning of their water reserves. Different websites visited included problem areas, the rocks the place the tribes would enterprise for meals and the cave the place each tribes famously tracked down a hive of bees to various success.
Miraculously there have been nonetheless remnants of the present 21 years later, with fireplace pits on the tribe camps nonetheless there, items of the tribal council set, tree mail at Kadina, shells used for consuming and even a ship that the Aurora camp used for shelter.
Browne, who misplaced 2-5 to the late Rob Dickson on the ultimate tribal council, described the expertise as an emotional one.
“It’s surreal (being right here) and extremely emotional,” she informed Australian Survivor Archives host Ben Waterworth. “We had been out right here in pretty powerful circumstances. On the time it was the coldest summer season for 30 years. I feel we did it powerful in comparison with the opposite Survivors around the globe. To return again now in spite of everything this time…all of these items has come dashing again for me. I felt very emotional this morning after we obtained to the gate earlier than we drove in considering of Rob particularly as he and I had been very shut by means of the entire journey of Australian Survivor. It’s exhausting to place it into phrases. For me it has been such a privilege and past my wildest expectations. I anticipated to come back out right here and it will simply be a go searching at issues we did in our previous. But it surely’s been far more heartfelt for me.”
Host Howes additionally agreed it was a tremendous journey down reminiscence lane.
“Once you stand within the place you had been standing in 20 odd years in the past and all of it floods again to you, it sort of will get to you. It actually does.”
An official reunion operate was held the night time earlier than, the place tributes had been proven to each Dickson and solid member Tim Duggan, who’ve handed away because the present aired, in addition to a collection of video messages from different solid members who weren’t capable of attend the weekend.
The 9 model of Australian Survivor aired in 2002. One other model aired on Channel Seven in 2006, Superstar Survivor, earlier than the franchise switched to Channel 10 in 2016 the place it has remained since.
A brand new season begins in January.
Interviews with unique solid members will air this Friday at Australian Survivor Archives Podcast