Channel Nine 'Getaway'




Getaway is Australia's longest-running and most popular holiday and travel television programme. Debuting on 14 May 1992, it is currently broadcast on the Nine Network and W. Its main competitor is The Great Outdoors on the Seven Network.

The first season initially only looked at only Australian resorts but by 1993 had expanded to look at overseas destinations.

Getaway won a People's Choice Award in 1994 and an Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in the Media in 1995.

Getaway has also been nominated for the Most Popular Lifestyle Program Logie Award at the Logie Awards of 2003, 2004 and 2005, each time being beaten by the ever popular Backyard Blitz. It was also nominated at the Logie Awards of 1999 and nominated as the Favourite Lifestyle Program at the Australian People Choice Awards of 1999. (Credit: Wikipedia).


Catriona Rowntree
After leaving school in 1989 Catriona went on to complete a Diploma in Journalism. She has been a news researcher and newsreader and in 1992 she was one of the 8,000 applicants to apply for a reporter's job on Wonderworld. She began as a researcher, went on to become a reporter and in 1994 became the host of the show. At the same time she was a presenter on Radio Triple J and host of What's Up Doc which meant each week she was working out of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In 1996 Catriona joined the Getaway team as a reporter.

Jason Dundas
Jason was born in Western Sydney and attended Jamison High School before commencing a graphic arts degree at the University of Western Sydney. In 2002 he heard about a VJ search that MTV was running and decided to put his newly learnt television editing skills to use, compiling an audition tape that would catch the attention of MTV producers. During his time at MTV Jason co-hosted the channel’s flagship daily show, Total Request Live (TRL) and more recently could be seen on Full Tank – MTV’s answer to Getaway. Jason joins the Getaway team for the 2007 season.

Ben Dark
From an early age, Ben had an affinity with the bush. Born on a dam bank in 1972, he spent the first 11 years of his life on his parents' property in Stanthorpe, south-east Queensland. In 1984 Ben was sent to a boarding school. He then spent his time roving around the Queensland outback on horses and motorbikes, through shearing sheds and stock camps, where he mustered cattle and saddled horses. In 1994, Ben started at Brisbane radio station B105 and worked for two-and-a-half years and in 1999, he joined the Getaway team.

Erik Thomson
Scottish-born, New Zealand-raised actor Erik Thomson completed a Diploma of Performing Arts at the New Zealand Drama School and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Drama at Victoria University, Wellington. Better known to Australian audiences as Dr Mitch Stevens in the television drama series All Saints, Erik’s other television credits include Wildside, 13 Gantry Road, Pacific Drive, Hercules and Xena, Warrior Princess. In 2006, Erik joined the Nine Network’s Getaway, Australia’s number one travel program, as a full-time reporter.

Natalie Gruzlewski
Natalie has become one of Queensland’s most popular faces since joining Channel Nine Queensland in 1999. Growing up on the Gold Coast, Gruzlewski first came to Channel Nine’s attention through her role as host of Prime Television’s Surf TV. Establishing herself quickly as a professional and respected presenter, she soon acquired a national identity as Lady Luck on The Footy Show. Apart from her obvious love of the beach, Natalie Gruzlewski enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, kickboxing and weekends away.

Jules Lund
Jules Lund has a big passion for life. By the the age of 24, he had already hosted his own weekly Melbourne radio show on Fox FM, travelled the globe hosting the Extreme Games for an international audience, been the subject of a six-part series on his adventures through Brazil, Malaysia, USA, Spain and has co-hosted the Channel Nine music show, So Fresh. Straight out of school in 1996, Jules studied graphic design for 18 months before becoming closely involved with the Reach Foundation through a camp for suicidal teenagers. He has since worked with more than 80,000 teenagers through the Reach Foundation, facilitating programs for teenagers ranging from school students to kids in detention centres and the intellectually disabled.


Media Man Australia clients featured on 'Getaway' include:

Australian Stunt Academy

Destiny Tours

Ric Drasin Wrestling School


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