Australian Survivor (2002) is the first season of the Nine Network incarnation of the Australian reality show, Australian Survivor. Filming took place in Eyre Peninsula, Australia. The premiere aired on Wednesday, February 13, 2002.

37 year-old Rob Dickson, a film director from Victoria, Australia ended up winning. He defeated Sciona Browne by a 5-2 vote, winning a AUD$500,000 prize.

Production

After the filming of Survivor: The Australian Outback, Australian television network Channel Nine decided to make their own version of Survivor. The producers chose 16 contestants to participate between May 3–10, 2001. The season took place in Port Lincoln, South Australia. After 39 days of competing Rob Dickson was crowned the Sole Survivor by a 5-2 vote.

Twists

  • Self-Vote: Unlike the American version of the show, castaways are able to vote against themselves.


Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
AUS1 lucinda t.png Lucinda Allen-Rhodes
43, Byron Bay, NSW
Mother/Designer
Kadina 1st Voted Out
Day 3
8
AUS1 tim t.png Tim Dugan
51, Green Point, NSW
Contract Painter
Kadina 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
4
AUS1 david t.png David Haas
34, Sydney, NSW
IT Consultant
Kadina 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
6
AUS1 jeff t.png Jeff Brown
52, Canberra, ACT
Federal Police Superintendent
Tipara 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5
AUS1 deborah t.png Deborah Peart
26, Sydney, NSW
Media Professional
Kadina 5th Voted Out
Day 15
4
AUS1 sylvan t.png Sylvan Dorney
25, Sydney, NSW
Author
Kadina 6th Voted Out
Day 18
3
AUS1 caren t.png Caren Shaw
28, Darwin, NT
Radio Show Co-host
Kadina Aurora 7th Voted Out
Day 21
10
AUS1 naomi t.png Naomi Knight
22, Melbourne, VIC
School Teacher
Kadina 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
8
AUS1 craig t.png Craig Abbot
27, Point Lonsdale, VIC
Electrician
Kadina 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
8
AUS1 lance t.png Lance Brooks
39, Sydney, NSW
Marketing Consultant
Tipara 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
8
AUS1 jane t.png Jane Dalton
18, Newcastle, NSW
Student
Tipara 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
9
AUS1 sophie t.png Sophie Woods
30, Sydney, NSW
Mother
Tipara 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 35
3
AUS1 katie t.png Katie Gold
24, Melbourne, VIC
Professional Athlete
Tipara 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
3
AUS1 joel t.png Joel Betts
22, Sydney, NSW
Personal Trainer
Tipara 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
7
AUS1 sciona t.png Sciona Browne
49, Perth, WA
Test Pilot
Tipara Runner-Up 1
AUS1 rob t.png Rob Dickson
37, Melbourne, VIC
Film/Video Producer
Tipara Sole Survivor 5

Season Sumary

Episode Air Date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "Journey to Whaler's Way" February 13, 2002 Kadina Tipara Lucinda 8-0 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 "Violent Weather and Violent People" February 20, 2002 Kadina Tipara Tim 4-1-1-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "The Losing Streak" February 27, 2002 Kadina Tipara David 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4 "The Struggle of Both Tribes" March 6, 2002 Tipara Kadina Jeff 5-3 4th Voted Out
Day 12
[Sylvan]1
5 "It's Just Too Hard!" March 13, 2002 Kadina Tipara Deborah 3-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6 "This Game is Way Different Than It Looks" March 20, 2002 Tipara Tipara Sylvan 3-1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
7 "It's Time to Merge" April 3, 2002 None Craig Caren 7-2-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
8 "Pick Off" April 10, 2002 Naomi
[Craig]
Craig Naomi 7-1-1 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
9 "I Just Feel So Bad" April 17, 2002 Lance
[Everyone]
Sophie Craig 7-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
10 "He's a Threat, She's a Threat, We're all Threats!" April 24, 2002 Jane Joel Lance 5-1-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
11 "Cockiness Comes to an End" May 1, 2002 Joel Sciona Jane 3-3;
2-2;
Tiebreaker2
11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
12 "Who's the Odd Man Out?" May 8, 2002 Katie
[Everyone]
Katie Sophie 3-2 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 35
13 "Finale/Reunion" May 15, 2002 Katie
[Everyone]
Rob Katie 3-1 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
None Rob Joel 1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Sciona 5-2 Runner-Up
Rob Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 One member of the winning tribe on the Day 12 immunity challenge won the car driven in the challenge. Sylvan won the car via random draw.
^2 With a deadlock tie between Jane and Joel, Jane's past votes were taken into account, eliminating her.

Voting History

Australian Survivor (2002) Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: AUS1 lucinda t.png
Lucinda
AUS1 tim t.png
Tim
AUS1 david t.png
David
AUS1 jeff t.png
Jeff
AUS1 deborah t.png
Deborah
AUS1 sylvan t.png
Sylvan
AUS1 caren t.png
Caren
AUS1 naomi t.png
Naomi
AUS1 craig t.png
Craig
AUS1 lance t.png
Lance
Tie Deadlock AUS1 jane t.png
Jane
AUS1 sophie t.png
Sophie
AUS1 katie t.png
Katie
AUS1 joel t.png
Joel
AUS1 sciona t.png
Sciona
AUS1 rob t.png
Rob
Vote: 8-0 4-1-1-1 5-1 5-3 3-2 3-1 7-2-1 7-1-1 7-1 5-1-1 3-31 2-22 Past votes3 3-2 3-1 1-04 5-2
Rob Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Lance Jane Jane Sophie Katie Joel Jury Vote
Sciona Jane Caren Naomi Craig Lance Jane Jane Sophie Katie None
Joel Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Jane Jane None Sophie Katie None Rob
Katie Jane Caren Naomi Craig Lance Joel Joel Rob Joel Sciona
Sophie Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Lance Joel Joel Rob Rob
Jane Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Lance Joel None Eliminated Rob
Lance Jeff Caren Naomi Craig Sciona Rob
Craig Lucinda David David Deborah Sylvan Rob Rob Rob Sciona
Naomi Lucinda Tim David Deborah Sylvan Lance Lance Rob
Caren Lucinda Tim David Deborah Sylvan Lance
Sylvan Lucinda Tim David Caren Naomi
Deborah Lucinda Tim David Caren
Jeff Jane
David Lucinda Caren Craig
Tim Lucinda Deborah
Lucinda Lucinda

Notes:

^1 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^2 Per the rules at the time, in case of a deadlock tie, past votes were taken into account. The player with more past votes got eliminated.
^3 Jane had more past votes than Joel, eliminating her from the game.
^4 Joel and Sciona did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Rob voted.

Trivia

  • This season features the first time in the Survivor franchise that a castaway has voted against themselves.
  • This season aired on the Nine Network in place of Survivor: Marquesas, which was never shown on Australian television.
  • The winner of this season, Rob Dickson, died on April 11, 2009. Rob and his two sons perished in a car accident while on a holiday in South Africa. Rob is the first Sole Survivor to pass away.
  • Australian Survivor had no slogan because other foreign networks owned the phrases 'Outwit, Outplay, Outlast' (U.S.) and 'Trust No One' (UK).
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