The Australian Outback Survivor
Filming location Herbert River at Goshen Station (South-west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia)
Winner Tina Wesson (4-3)
Original run January 28, 2001– May 3, 2001
Filming dates October 23, 2000– December 3, 2000
No. of episodes 15
No. of days 42
No. of survivors 16
Tribes Kucha
All-Stars Tina Wesson,
Colby Donaldson,
Jerri Manthey,
Alicia Calaway,Amber Brkich
Season chronology
Previous Survivor: Borneo
Next Survivor: Africa

Survivor: The Australian Outback was the second season of the United States reality show Survivor. Filming took place at Goshen Station in northern Queensland during 2000 and aired from January 28, 2001 to May 3, 2001 on CBS. The location used was within a three hour drive of the coastal city of Cairns and located in a wet, sub-tropical area. It was the top-rated show of 2001, according to Nielsen Ratings.

Fourteen weekly episodes aired, the first one airing immediately after Super Bowl XXXV, which also aired on CBS. The winner, Tina Wesson, was announced on May 3, 2001 where she defeated Colby Donaldson by a vote of 4-3.

The entire season was released in DVD format on April 26, 2005.


Although the series premiered right after Super Bowl XXXV, the late hour prompted CBS to re-air the premiere episode later that week.

The elimination of contestant Michael Skupin during the sixth episode is noteworthy for being the first case where a Survivor contestant has had to be evacuated due to injuries. While attempting to start a fire, Skupin breathed in smoke and momentarily fainted, falling into the fire and suffering severe burns to his hands. After being cared for by medical personnel, a helicopter was brought in and Skupin was evacuated. Due to his evacuation, the Immunity Challenge was cancelled, and no Tribal Council was held. As a result, the Ogakor and Kucha tribes merged with an equal number of tribe members, instead of the possible six to four (had Ogakor lost the Immunity Challenge and gone to Tribal Council). At the first merged Tribal Council, Jeff Varner was eliminated after a tie vote along former tribal lines.

During a reward trip, contestant and eventual runner-up Colby Donaldson broke an Australian law by breaking off coral from the Great Barrier Reef which could have resulted in a fine of AU$110,000. The helicopter pilot involved in the reward trip also broke an Australian law as he flew over sea bird rookeries. Survivor's producer Mark Burnett apologized on behalf of Colby and the production team after the season had aired.

Gameplay changes between the first two seasons included the game being the first and only season to last 42 days instead of 39, meaning that the rapid-fire elimination of a "Final Four" turned into a "Final Three." This series also began the Survivor tradition of revealing the results live, so that none of the castaways would know who won until the finale.

During a reward on Day 34 where the remaining five contestants were permitted to communicate with their family members, Ogakor/Barramundi member Keith Famie asked his girlfriend to marry him and she said yes.


After the show, fourth-place finisher Elisabeth Filarski went on to co-host The View. She, Tina Wesson, Colby Donaldson, Jerri Manthey, Alicia Calaway and Amber Brkich were invited to participate in Survivor: All-Stars. Filarski was the only one to turn the opportunity down in order to focus on The View, while Wesson, Donaldson, Manthey, Calaway, and Brkich placed 18th, 12th, 10th, 7th, and 1st respectively. Brkich defeated fellow competitor and future husband Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano who had previously competed in the series' fourth season, Survivor: Marquesas in a 4-3 vote.


Contestant Original Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total votes
Debb Eaton Kucha 1st Voted OutDay 3 7
Kel Gleason Ogakor 2nd Voted OutDay 6 7
Maralyn Hershey Ogakor 3rd Voted OutDay 9 5
Mitchell Olson Ogakor 4th Voted OutDay 12 4
Kimmi Kappenberg Kucha 5th Voted OutDay 15 6
Michael Skupin Kucha Removed
Due to InjuryDay 17
Jeff Varner Kucha Barramundi 6th Voted OutDay 21 7
Alicia Calaway Kucha 7th Voted Out
1st Jury MemberDay 24
Jerri Manthey Ogakor 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury MemberDay 27
Nick Brown Kucha 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury MemberDay 30
Amber Brkich Ogakor 10th Voted Out
4th Jury MemberDay 33
Rodger Bingham Kucha 11th Voted Out
5th Jury MemberDay 36
Elisabeth Filarski Kucha 12th Voted Out
6th Jury MemberDay 39
Keith Famie Ogakor 13th Voted Out
7th Jury MemberDay 41
Colby Donaldson Ogakor Runner-up 5
Tina Wesson Ogakor Sole Survivor 0
The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.


Episode title Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Stranded" January 28, 2001 Ogakor1 Debb 7-1 1st Voted OutDay 3
"Suspicion" February 1, 2001 Ogakor Kucha Kel 7-1 2nd Voted OutDay 6
"Trust No One" February 8, 2001 Ogakor Kucha Maralyn 5-1-1 3rd Voted OutDay 9
"The Killing Fields" February 15, 2001 Kucha Kucha Mitchell 3-3 4th Voted OutDay 12
"The Gloves Come Off" February 22, 2001 Kucha Ogakor Kimmi 6-1 5th Voted OutDay 15
"Trial By Fire" March 1, 2001 Kucha None2 Michael No Vote Removed
Due to InjuryDay 17
"The Merge" March 8, 2001 None3 Keith Jeff 5-5 6th Voted OutDay 21
"Friends?" March 15, 2001 Jerri[Amber] Keith Alicia 5-4 7th Voted OutDay 24
"The First 24 Days" March 22, 2001 Recap Episode
"Honeymoon Or Not?" March 29, 2001 Colby, Jerri Nick Jerri 6-2 8th Voted OutDay 27
"Let's Make A Deal" April 5, 2001 Survivor Auction Colby Nick 4-2-1 9th Voted OutDay 30
"No Longer Just A Game" April 12, 2001 Colby Colby Amber 4-2 10th Voted OutDay 33
"Enough Is Enough" April 19, 2001 Tina Colby Rodger 3-2 11th Voted OutDay 36
"The Final Four" April 26, 2001 Colby Colby Elisabeth 3-1 12th Voted OutDay 39
"The Most Deserving" May 3, 2001 None Colby Keith 1-0 13th Voted OutDay 41
"The Reunion" May 3, 2001 Jury Vote Colby 4-3 Runner-Up
Tina Sole Survivor
In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.


Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
Eliminated: Debb7/8 votes Kel7/8 votes Maralyn5/7 votes Mitchell
3/6 votes2
Kimmi6/7 votes Michael
No vote3
5/10 votes4
Alicia5/9 votes Jerri6/8 votes Nick4/7 votes Amber4/6 votes Rodger3/5 votes Elisabeth3/4 votes Keith1 vote Colby3/7 votes Tina4/7 votes
Voter Vote
Tina Kel Maralyn Mitchell Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth Jury Vote
Colby Kel Maralyn Mitchell Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Rodger Rodger Elisabeth Keith
Keith Kel Mitchell Mitchell Jeff Alicia Jerri Nick Amber Rodger Elisabeth Tina
Elisabeth Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Keith Tina
Rodger Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Jerri Amber Amber Keith Colby
Amber Kel Maralyn Keith Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Nick Rodger Colby
Nick Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Jerri Keith Colby
Jerri Kel Maralyn Keith Jeff Alicia Elisabeth Tina
Alicia Debb Kimmi Colby Jerri Tina
Jeff Debb Kimmi Colby
Michael Debb Kimmi
Kimmi Debb Jeff
Mitchell Kel Maralyn Keith
Maralyn Kel Jerri
Kel Jerri
Debb Jeff



Preceded byThe Practice2000 Survivor: The Australian Outback
Super Bowl lead-out program2001
Succeeded byMalcolm in the Middle2002

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