Despite the tough challenges and lack of food, the contestants of Australian Survivor in past years have had some pretty spectacular filming locations.
With crystal clear waters and bright white sands, the beachy paradise that was home for the Champions and Contenders was one idyllic setting for a TV show but where in the world was it? Here’s a clue, it was not in Australia.
From 2018 until the Champions of Champions series in 2020, the show was filmed smack bang in the middle of the South Pacific in beautiful Savusavu, on Fiji’s northern island.
Seasons three and four were shot in nearby in the equally beautiful Upolu, Samoa and season two was filmed in Efate in the Shefa Province of Vanuatu, but the first ever season was filmed on home turf in South Australia.
However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, the Survivor crew had to swap the tropical location for one at home in Australia.
“When we first got there, the temperature during the day was close to 40 degrees. An hour out in that just melts your brain – you can’t think anymore, you’re nauseous and it’s really, really tough.”
As head of business development at Castaway Productions, who created Survivor, Julia Dick visits every filming location Survivor is filmed for each franchise.
“We return everything to nature, how it was before we arrived.””There’s a lot of cleaning when we arrive. A lot of trash washes up on beaches. We actually clean the beaches when we arrive to make it look pristine. We fit in with the local community.”
The filming location may be beautiful but the contestants certainly don’t receive any luxuries until they’re voted out.
“You couldn’t take a pocket knife or a torch or a book or a pillow or any comfort items. You had your clothing items, and a little bag to carry your stuff in, and a water bottle.”