Celebrity Survivor Australia, also referred to as Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu, is the first and only season of the Seven Network incarnation, and the second season overall, of the Australian reality show Australian Survivor. It was filmed in Éfaté Island, Vanuatu. The premiere aired on Thursday, August 17, 2006.

This season featured 12 Australian celebrities vying for a prize of AUD$100,000. 41 year-old Guy Leech, a surf lifesaving champion from Sydney, Australia emerged victorious. He defeated Justin Melvey by a 3-2 vote, becoming Australia's second Sole Survivor.

This season shares many similarities with the ninth season of the American version of Survivor.


After the failure of the first season of Australian Survivor in 2002, the Seven Network found a loophole in the Channel Nine contract and obtained the rights to produce Celebrity Survivor. The show was filmed on Éfaté Island in Vanuatu. The series was filmed over twenty-five days, from late May to early June 2006. Guy Leech won the game after returning to the game through on of the season's twists, winning AUD$100,000.


  • Tribe Composition: The castaways are divided into tribes of six based on gender: The Kakula tribe was originally composed of all men and the Moso tribe was originally composed of all women. Later on Day 1, Gabrielle Richens and Justin Melvey entered the game on the Kakula and Moso tribes, respectively, making them the sole representatives of their genders on their tribes.
  • Extra Tribe Member: For the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge in the first episode, it was revealed that not only would the winning tribe receive Immunity, but also the reward of an extra tribe member in the form of Ben Wynn, an ex-S.A.S. soldier and survival expert. As a result, Ben became the only castaway this season to not be a celebrity nor be competing for charity.
  • Self Vote: After three days of competing, Kym Johnson couldn't stand the harsh conditions, and asked to be voted out. She then voted against herself at Tribal Council, becoming only the second person in Survivor history to do so.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 6, a tribe switch occurred, mixing the Final 10 into two tribes of five.
  • Re-entering The Game: During the tenth episode of the series, the three remaining contestants watched on as the four players voted out after the merge then competed for two places back in the game, with those who did not return taking two of the five seats on the jury. The two players who won their places back in the game, Guy and Justin, would go on to be the eventual finalists.
  • Celebrity Special: This season featured 12 Australian celebrities, vying for the title of Sole Survivor.
  • Jury Tiebreaker: In episode eleven a tiebreaker occurred between Justin Melvey and Nicolle Dickson. When the re-vote ended in a tie past votes came into account. Both castaways had the same amount of past votes so the jury had to decide who would be eliminated. The Jury unanimously eliminated Nicolle.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
Kym180 Kym Johnson
29, Sydney, NSW
Merry Makers Australia
Moso 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Ben180 Ben Wynn
32, Perth, WA
Kakula 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
Fiona180 Fiona Horne
39, Sydney, NSW
Project Aware
Moso Moso 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
Amber180 Amber Petty
35, Melbourne, VIC
Australian Red Cross
Moso Moso 4th Voted Out
Day 9
Wayne180 Wayne Gardner
46, Wollongong, NSW
Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
Kakula Kakula 5th Voted Out
Day 11
Elton180 Elton Flatley
28, Tamworth, NSW
Royal Children's Hospital Foundation
Kakula Moso Tanna 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 15
Gabrielle180 Gabrielle Richens
31, Kent, ENG
The Wayside Chapel Foundation
Kakula Kakula 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 19
David180 David Oldfield
47, Manly, NSW
Legacy Foundation
Kakula Moso 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 21
Nicolle180 Nicolle Dickson
37, Sydney, NSW
Starlight Children's Foundation
Moso Kakula 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 23
Imogen180 Imogen Bailey
28, Canberra, ACT
Cambodia Foundation
Moso Kakula 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 24
Picture9 Justin Melvey
37, Sydney, NSW
Diabetes Australia
Moso Moso 8th Voted Out
Day 17
Guy180 Guy Leech
42, Sydney, NSW
Ride Aide Inc
Kakula Kakula 6th Voted Out
Day 13
Sole Survivor

Season Summary

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Episode Guide

Episode Air Date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 August 17, 2006 Kakula Kym 6-0 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 August 24, 2006 Kakula Moso Ben 5-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
3 August 31, 2006 Moso Kakula Fiona 3-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
4 September 7, 2006 Kakula Kakula Amber 3-1 4th Voted Out
Day 9
5 September 14, 2006 Moso Moso Wayne 3-2 5th Voted Out
Day 11
6 September 21, 2006 Guy
David Guy 5-2 6th Voted Out
Day 13
7 September 28, 2006 David,
David Elton 4-1-1 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 15
8 October 5, 2006 Nicolle
Justin 4-1 8th Voted Out
Day 17
9 October 12, 2006 Nicolle David Gabrielle 3-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 19
10 October 19, 2006 Guy3 Imogen David 4-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 21
11 October 26, 2006 Guy
Guy Nicolle 2-2;
11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 23
12 November 2, 2006 None Justin Imogen 1-0 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 24
Jury Vote Justin 3-2 Runner-Up
Guy Sole Survivor


^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Imogen gave up her individual immunity to Nicolle.
^3 Instead of a Reward Challenge, the first four castaways voted out of the Tanna tribe (Guy, Elton, Justin, and Gabrielle) competed in a challenge to re-enter the game. Guy and Justin won the challenge, while Elton and Gabrielle became the first and second members of the jury.
^4 As Justin and Nicole both had 4 previous votes against them, the jury (Elton, Gabrielle, and David) voted in order to break the deadlock. </div>

Voting History

Celebrity Survivor Australia Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Eliminated: Kym180
Tie Nicolle180
Vote: 6-0 5-1 3-2 3-1 3-2 5-2 4-1-1 4-1 3-1 4-1 2-21 3-02 1-03 3-2
Guy Ben Imogen Nicolle David Nicolle None None Jury Vote
Justin Kym David Amber Guy Elton Imogen David Nicolle None Imogen
Imogen Kym Wayne Guy Elton Justin Gabrielle David Justin None None Justin
Nicolle Kym Wayne Guy Elton Justin Gabrielle David Justin None Justin
David Ben Fiona Amber Guy Gabrielle Justin Gabrielle Guy Nicolle Guy
Gabrielle Ben Wayne Guy Elton Justin Nicolle Eliminated Nicolle Guy
Elton Ben Fiona Amber Nicolle Nicolle Eliminated Nicolle Guy
Wayne Ben Imogen
Amber Kym Fiona David
Fiona Kym David
Ben Wayne
Kym Kym


^1 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.
^2 As Justin and Nicole both had 4 previous votes against them, the Jury (Elton, Gabrielle and David) voted in order to break the deadlock.
^3 Guy and Imogen did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Justin voted. </div>


  • This is the only season in the entire Survivor franchise in which every castaway was voted out at least once.[citation needed]
  • This is the first Australian Survivor season not to include a reunion.
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