Newlyweds Tim & Rod have won The Amazing Race Australia.
The NSW couple won the $250,000 in a final puzzle challenge and footrace in Katherine Gorge, NT.
They defeated Darwin-based Indigenous couple Jerome and Jasmin and Melbourne based siblings, Viv and Joey.
Series favourites Tom & Tyler were eliminated in the penultimate episode after a U-turn that left some fans seething.
Tim said, “This journey, this race, this insane crazy adventure we’ve all been a part of, it’s the most fun we’ve ever had in our lives. We’ve learnt so much about each other and at the end of the day we’re still together after something like this. I’m so in love with him.”
Rod added: “If our marriage can last The Amazing Race, it can last a lifetime.”
The Eureka-produced series visited 6 countries on 3 continents, itself racing to turnaround a production on a punishing timeframe to broadcast in 10’s final quarter. It has been largely well-received by reality fans, despite landing in the headlines for a fallout by NSW “Influencers” Sid and Ash.
Network 10’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “The Amazing Race Australia has been a brilliant first season for us and is a show that really feels like it belongs on 10, it engaged audiences across all platforms and took us all on a genuine action packed adventure.
“I’d like to thank our dedicated host Beau Ryan for his enthusiasm and commitment, all our wonderfully interesting and entertaining contestants for their impressive efforts across the season, the excellent team Eureka Productions for being great production partners and to everyone at 10 for their hard work and passion.
“Congratulations to Tim and Rod on winning The Amazing Race Australia 2019 and taking home the $250,000 prize,” she said.
10 already has a casting callout for a 2020 season with a five-week filming period between the dates of June to July 2020.