It was very exciting when Seven announced that the Emmy-winning The Amazing Race Australia would be returning for a 3rd season after a one year break. But there were going to be a few changes to the Aussie franchise.
First, Seven would be producing the series in-house instead of working with activeTV who produced the first two seasons as well as worked on The Amazing Race Asia, The Amazing Race Philippines and Israel’s HaMerotz LaMillion. A little later, it was then revealed that season 3 would pit nation versus nation in a battle between Australia and New Zealand teams.
Those were definitely interesting changes to think about, but after two excellent seasons, the expectation was that TAR Australia would maintain that streak.
And now that the season is over, I will say that it certainly did. Continue reading
The Final Leg is here and teams are flying to Los Angeles, California, USA. Once at LAX, they must search the carpark for marked Ford Mustangs which have their next clue pointing them to Hollywood.
Along the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, teams must use a provided Polaroid camera to take pictures with three movie characters played by Australian-born actors. Continue reading
It is time for the penultimate Leg and teams will be flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At the airport, Sally & Tyson work with Daniel & Ryan researching flights in the business lounge. They specifically make a point to not share information with Ashleigh & Jarrod who think Daniel & Ryan merely leech off of whoever’s got the access and info.
All teams are on the same flight via Frankfurt. Continue reading
The final five teams are on the same flight from Lisbon to Dubovnik, Croatia via Frankfurt. Arriving in Croatia at 10:05pm, teams must make their way to the Pila Gate of the Old City.
Teams find the next clue telling them to take part in an ancient welcoming tradition that involves each team member collecting a large stone and navigating the walls to deliver the stones to the city guard at the Watchman’s Keep.
Teams must correctly answer the guard’s question to receive the next clue. What the teams don’t know is the guard will ask them how many steps it took to reach him: 139. Continue reading
Teams are taken to Moscow where they will begin the 7th Leg of the Race. Daniel & Ryan, with their one-hour head start from not using the Salvage Pass, open the first clue telling teams to fly to Lisbon, Portugal.
Ashleigh & Jarrod hope to not butt heads while Sally & Tyson are excited to go to South America. Cat & Jesse want to stay consistent and Carla & Hereni hope to stick to Team NZ.
At the airport, Sally & Tyson find out Portugal is actually in South America. And the teams get on a flight to Lisbon through Frankfurt. Continue reading
John & Murray open the next clue telling teams to take an overnight train on the Trans-Siberian Railway to the city of Kostroma. Once there, they must make their way to the Museum of Wooden Architecture.
As a reward for arriving first at the Pit Stop, John & Murray have received first class train tickets to Kostroma for themselves and for another team of their choice.
The rest of the teams check-in and Cat & Jesse are the most relieved to be spared even after arriving in last. Continue reading
The 5th Leg begins immediately (TV time) as teams learn they will be flying to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Teams are given plane tickets, but are under no obligation to use them. Carla & Hereni find a better flight through Johannesburg and Zurich and tell John & Murray about it to repay them for the Express Pass and in the hopes they can work together. Continue reading
Teams are off on the 4th Leg of the Race as they must now fly to Windhoek, Namibia. At the Windhoek Airport, they’ll find a marked four-wheel drive with their next clue.
At the Krabi Airport, Emily & Jon and Sally & Tyson express their mutual dislike of John & Murray. Carla & Hereni, meanwhile, are thankful to them for the Express Pass. Continue reading
The third Leg of the Race begins. Since Daniel & Ryan won the step counter task from last Leg, they will depart the Pit Stop first instead of third with a 30-minute advantage.
They open the first clue telling them to travel by taxi to the Thai border where they will cross on foot before hopping on a bus to Bangkok. Once in the capital, they will head to the Now Travel agency for their next clue. Teams will receive $195 for this Leg. Continue reading
It’s time to set off on the 2nd Leg of the Race, but Grant says first place team John & Murray have not yet left their hotel room. So 2nd place team Carla & Hereni will be the first team to depart the Pit Stop.
Teams must now fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The first four teams already depart before John & Murray wake up and leave 60 minutes after their scheduled start time. They’re not worried and are actually glad they’ve gotten some extra sleep.
The four teams at the airport are definitely not feeling John & Muzza’s overconfidence.
The teams are on two separate flights via Melbourne and Sydney, but all arrive in Siem Reap at the same time, 6:53pm Continue reading