Today, May 30th, marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of what I think is the gold standard of not just non-American, international versions of The Amazing Race, but of the entire franchise itself. Season 2 of The Amazing Race Australia is about as close to perfect as you can get with a TAR season.
The Final Leg begins as teams are told to make their way to Australia’s capital, Canberra. The first clue contains the Road Block: Who’s the best judge of heights? Upon arrival in Canberra, teams must make their way to Lake Burley Griffin. Here, they must ride a fly board in the water for ten uninterrupted seconds while dressed as judges.
The Final Four set off on the 22nd Leg of the Race by flying to Broken Hill. Upon arrival, teams must head to the Palace Hotel, spiritual home of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Teams find their next clue next to the Big Heel.
The 21st(!) Leg begins as teams must fly to Dubbo, New South Wales via Sydney. Upon arrival, they must drive to the Old Dubbo Gaol where a guard will throw them into a dark cell. Teams must escape that cell and scale the wall without being caught by patrolling guards.
The 19th(!) Leg of the Race has teams flying to Sydney and then taking a train to Newcastle. While on the train to Newcastle, the teams reflect on their Race so far, including how the “Awesome Foursome” alliance hope to get rid of the weak Chris & Aleisha who are not in their clique.
The 18th Leg begins back in Hobart as teams must drive themselves to the historic town of Ross. Brendon & Jackson’s Salvage is that they are required to only complete half of each task. Chris & Aleisha’s Sabotage, meanwhile, is to have to balloons tied to themselves all day.