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Where is Australian Survivor filmed? Inside the outback location

We're not in Fiji anymore.
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Across its seven seasons, Australian Survivor has visited some pretty spectacular filming locations, with the show typically being based in the jungle.

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While former seasons were filmed with the stunning backdrops provided by Samoa and Fiji, things were forced to stay local last year when COVID-19 restrictions meant the crew and contestants couldn’t travel overseas.

Instead, Australian Survivor moved to the rural outback in Cloncurry, Queensland, and next year, they’ll be just a little way away in Charters Towers, 134km south-east of Townsville.

“We’re thrilled to bring Australian Survivor back to North Queensland for another unmissable season,” Chief Content Officer for ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand, Beverley McGarvey, told MediaWeek

“The harsh and unwavering conditions of the Australian outback turned the game on its head last season, and the Castaways faced some of the toughest conditions the game has ever seen. We’re excited to showcase the rich terrain of Charters Towers, Queensland, to our audiences in Australia and beyond.”

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Jonathan LaPaglia getting into the red dirt aesthetic. (Credit: Ten)

The host of Australian Survivor, Jonathan LaPaglia, has echoed the sentiment.

“Because we filmed the series in outback Queensland this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s hot, it’s dusty, and there were a plethora of snakes and spiders in camp and around challenges that could literally have killed our contenders,” he told WHO of season six.

“Visually it looks stunning, but the conditions were brutal,” he added.

“Some of the temperatures during the day were unfathomably hot and then it would get really cold at night.

This was by far the hardest season I’ve worked on! The Fiji shows were like a holiday in comparison.”

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Brains V Brawn was filmed in Cloncurry, QLD. (Credit: Ten)

The choice to film in outback Australia has worked wonders for small-town economies in rural Queensland.

The sixth series generated $14.6 million, and created 150 local jobs, and the state is now considering tourism options related to Survivor.

“We’re definitely planning on working out some sort of Survivor product,” Cloncurry Mayor Gregory Campbell told the ABC.

“Once people can travel more freely, there’s a whole market there with fanatical Australian Survivor fans. So, we want to get them to come to Cloncurry and have that experience.”

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