EXCLUSIVE | First contestants revealed for AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR 2022 Blood VS Water

Fresh from the confirmation yesterday that the next season of Australian Survivor is moving to Charter Towers, TV Blackbox can now reveal the identities of several cast members.

The 2022 season of Australian Survivor looks set to feature a mix of previous contestants and Australian celebrities competing under the Blood vs Water format.

The Blood vs Water theme has previously been used successfully in the US version of the series and involves competitors competing with, and ultimately against their own blood relatives.

TV Blackbox exclusively revealed back in July that the next season of Australian Survivor would move to Charters Towers in rural Queensland, a decision that was yesterday confirmed by Channel 10 and producers Endemol Shine Australia.


Filming on the new series is officially locked in to commence today at the new location. Contestants have already completed the necessary COVID quarantine requirements and had their mobile phones removed from them over the weekend.

If you are not into spoilers, please stop reading now:

Samantha Gash and Mark Wales (image - Channel 10)
Samantha Gash and Mark Wales (image – Channel 10)

TV Blackbox can reveal the upcoming Blood vs Water season will feature the return of popular couple Samantha Gash and Mark Wales. The pair first met when they originally competed on Australian Survivor in 2017. Wales is a former Special Services operative, while Gash is a social entrepreneur and ultra-marathon competitor.

After falling in love during filming, the couple went on to get married in 2019 and have one child. With the season adopting the Blood vs Water theme, this Survivor couple was always going to be at the top of the list for producers.

Mark Wales and Samantha Gash (image - New Idea)
Mark Wales and Samantha Gash (image – New Idea)
Jay Bruno (image - Instagram)
Jay Bruno (image – Instagram)

In addition to past contestants, the 2022 season of Australian Survivor looks set to feature several Australian personalities from other sectors. This website can reveal popular influencer Jay Bruno is joining the cast. Bruno is a previous contestant on the short-lived Channel 7 series Instant Hotel.

The former radio host, model and personal trainer has recently been rumoured to be dating Home and Away star Sam Frost and in the past few days has moved to switch his Instagram account to private mode.

Khanh Ong in Masterchef Australia (image – Channel 10)

Another contestant previously rumoured by Pedestrian and now confirmed by TV Blackbox is Melbourne based cook Khanh Ong. The popular personality has plenty of previous experience with reality television, having appeared in season 10 and the All-Star season of MasterChef Australia.

Ong is understood to be receiving a payment of $40,000 to appear in Australian Survivor, so it will be interesting to observe just how long he lasts in the outback conditions.

Sophie Cachia
Sophie Cachia (image – Instagram)

Another notable figure joining the 2022 cast is lifestyle blogger and influencer Sophie Cachia. The Melbourne based mother of two has built a strong following on social media by offering advice on raising a young family.


She also attracted plenty of attention after she decided to separate from her AFL husband, Jaryd Cachia before commencing a new relationship with Matilda’s footballer Alanna Kennedy. Its understood Cachia originally auditioned for the 2021 season of Australian Survivor but is now set to compete against her sister in the new format.

The next season of Australian Survivor is expected to premiere in February on Channel 10 in a move which see the classic franchise compete against the reality juggernaut Married At First Sight on Nine.

Note: Due to an ongoing dispute regarding editorial independence, the 10 Network and its parent company ViacomCBS declined to provide assistance in the preparation of this content.

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. Media enquiries please Call or Text 0428-275-111


  1. This reporting on Cachia is pretty lackluster. She’s been a media personality for a long time and had plenty of attention before she separated from her husband. She’s also no longer in a relationship with Alanna Kennedy. Even a cursory glimpse at her media would have given you the information you needed to write a more informative article.


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