‘There was contraband’: Australian Survivor winner Shane Gould on what went on behind the scenes

She became the oldest person to win Australian Survivor on Tuesday night’s finale.

And former Olympic swimmer Shane Gould, 61, revealed on Thursday just how demanding the conditions were for her and the other contestants in Fiji.

Shane told Studio 10 the toilet facilities were primitive at best, saying: ‘There was one private place where only one person could be at a time and it was about 50 metres from the shelter and it was a long drop toilet.’

Should Shane Gould have been kicked off? The Australian Survivor winner, 61, revealed on Thursday she 'brought contraband into the camp'. However, longtime fans will remember that contestants have been sent home in previous seasons for similar rule-breaking

Should Shane Gould have been kicked off? The Australian Survivor winner, 61, revealed on Thursday she 'brought contraband into the camp'. However, longtime fans will remember that contestants have been sent home in previous seasons for similar rule-breaking

Should Shane Gould have been kicked off? The Australian Survivor winner, 61, revealed on Thursday she ‘brought contraband into the camp’. However, longtime fans will remember that contestants have been sent home in previous seasons for similar rule-breaking

The contestants were also supplied with a very bland diet of rice and beans, with no condiments available for extra flavour.

Shane revealed she used salt from the sea to spruce up her meals, before stumbling across some forbidden fruit which she then smuggled into the camp.

‘During one of the challenges I saw some chillies, so I stole chillies and, um… there was contraband I brought into the camp,’ she confessed.

This admission may raise eyebrows among Australian Survivor fans as previous contestants have been sent home for bringing in similar ‘contraband’.

For example, Kel Gleason was kicked off season two when it was discovered he had smuggled in beef jerky. His tribe turned on him and sent him packing the next day.

Back to basics: Shane also told Studio 10 that the toilet facilities were primitive at best, saying: 'There was one private place where only one person could be at a time and it was about 50 metres from the shelter and it was a long drop toilet'. Pictured on Australian Survivor

Back to basics: Shane also told Studio 10 that the toilet facilities were primitive at best, saying: 'There was one private place where only one person could be at a time and it was about 50 metres from the shelter and it was a long drop toilet'. Pictured on Australian Survivor

Back to basics: Shane also told Studio 10 that the toilet facilities were primitive at best, saying: ‘There was one private place where only one person could be at a time and it was about 50 metres from the shelter and it was a long drop toilet’. Pictured on Australian Survivor

Indeed, contestants on Australian Survivor were provided with only the bare essentials for the duration of their stay.

‘There was sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitiser, toilet paper and then there was a box with your own private things, if you needed sanitary pads or your medications,’ Shane explained.

The show’s winner revealed that contestants were not allowed any creature comforts when it came to their sleeping arrangements and had to make do with a dirt floor.

‘We slept on the ground,’ said Shane. ‘An area has been cleared for us. It was probably tribal land, it belonged to one of the villages close by, but it was only about 30 or 40 metres from the wharf at high tide mark.’ 

Bending the rules! 'During one of the challenges I saw some chillies, so I stole chillies and, um, there was contraband I brought into the camp...' Shane confessed on Studio 10

Bending the rules! 'During one of the challenges I saw some chillies, so I stole chillies and, um, there was contraband I brought into the camp...' Shane confessed on Studio 10

Bending the rules! ‘During one of the challenges I saw some chillies, so I stole chillies and, um, there was contraband I brought into the camp…’ Shane confessed on Studio 10

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