|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|
Alicia Calaway,Amber Brkich
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|
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
|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|
|"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|
- 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|
|Eliminated:||Debb7/8 votes||Kel7/8 votes||Maralyn5/7 votes||Mitchell|
|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|
|Preceded byThe Practice2000||Survivor: The Australian Outback|
Super Bowl lead-out program2001
|Succeeded byMalcolm in the Middle2002|