Shocking Australian Survivor secrets revealed

Shocking Australian Survivor secrets revealed amid rumours contestants still have access to creature comforts

Behind-the-scenes secrets have emerged from the set of Australian Survivor as it’s revealed the show’s contestants aren’t entirely cut off from civilisation.

According to a report by the Herald Sun on Tuesday, several contestants from this year’s series, Blood V Water, have spoken about what viewers don’t see.

While the contestants are often seen walking to challenges, they are actually ferried to the different locations in vans.

Little luxuries: Behind-the-scenes secrets have emerged from the set of Australian Survivor as it's revealed the show's contestants aren't entirely cut off from civilisation

Little luxuries: Behind-the-scenes secrets have emerged from the set of Australian Survivor as it’s revealed the show’s contestants aren’t entirely cut off from civilisation

‘I was surprised how long we sat around in the bus. We weren’t allowed to talk at all, just sit and wait,’ revealed one contestant.

Apparently this is a regular occurrence on the show, with contestants driven between locations on all seasons.

According to a show insider, vans are used for ‘logistic reasons’ to safely transport the contestants to remote locations.

Behind-the-scenes: According to a report by the Herald Sun on Tuesday, several contestants from this year's series, Blood V Water, have spoken about what viewers don't see

Behind-the-scenes: According to a report by the Herald Sun on Tuesday, several contestants from this year’s series, Blood V Water, have spoken about what viewers don’t see

But they also try to ensure they spend as little time in the vans as possible, with the insider adding: ‘They were not sitting around in air-conditioning.’ 

The use of vans is not unique to Australian Survivor, with the US version of the show also using them for convenience.

Last year’s season of Australian Survivor was filmed around Queensland’s Charters Towers, with the first camp a 55-minute drive from the show’s production hub.

Driven around: While the contestants are often seen walking to challenges, they are actually ferried to the different locations in vans. Pictured, host Jonathan LaPaglia

Driven around: While the contestants are often seen walking to challenges, they are actually ferried to the different locations in vans. Pictured, host Jonathan LaPaglia

Meanwhile, the second camp was located 45 minutes away from the town centre.

According to Survivor star Samantha Gash, the vans didn’t detract from the ‘very real’ experience of being in the wilderness.   

‘What I can say is the experience of the play is very, very real,’ she told the Herald Sun.

'I was surprised how long we sat around in the bus. We weren't allowed to talk at all, just sit and wait,' revealed one contestant

‘I was surprised how long we sat around in the bus. We weren’t allowed to talk at all, just sit and wait,’ revealed one contestant

‘Yes, of course, we need to get to and from challenges, but it is all about, as a player, how you choose to use that time.

‘Any downtime I am like, “OK, I am going to rest.” In any downtime let your mind rest, let your body rest and have a little bit of a nanna nap.

‘So it is a component of the game, but it is a very real experience for the players.’

'What I can say is the experience of the play is very, very real,' Survivor star Samantha Gash told the Herald Sun

‘What I can say is the experience of the play is very, very real,’ Survivor star Samantha Gash told the Herald Sun

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