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Bushwhacked!

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Australian adventure show highlights cultures, cool animals.

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Educational Value

It teaches about the Australian bush and Aboriginal culture, including how different animals live, survive, and are protected. Lessons about different tribes and their culture are also offered. The relationship between the hosts also teach about the ability to get along and be friends, despite cultural differences. 

Positive Messages

The Australian bush and its people are an important and culturally rich part of Australia. The animals are unique and wonderful, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts, despite differences in ages and cultures, trek together, are always positive and respectful. Both celebrate the different things they learn and do during their travels. 

Violence & Scariness

Some adventures include potentially dangerous activities, like swimming with a great white shark, skydiving, and searching for predatory or venomous animals and insects, but the hosts are surrounded by experts and wear safety gear. No one gets hurt. A lot of this is offered in an educational context. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bushwhacked! is an Australian educational kids' adventure series that teaches viewers about the Australian bush and aboriginal culture. The young hosts often participate in adrenaline-pumping activities like skydiving, gliding, and swimming with sharks. They handle unique and sometimes dangerous animals, too -- but it's all done with experts using safety gear, and no one gets hurt. 

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What's the story?

BUSHWHACKED! is a series featuring two young men seeking adventure and information about aboriginal culture. Brandon Walters, a Nyangumatra aboriginal from Western Australia, and Kayne Tremills, a city slicker from Melbourne, trek to the far corners of the continent so that Kayne can learn more about the Australian bush. Throughout their travels, they meet wildlife experts that introduce them to a range of unique animals and insects, and talk to members of different indigenous communities who share some of their traditions and rituals with them. Things also get exciting when Brandon sets a challenge that Kayne has to complete, such as successfully learning how to bull ride, or fly in a glider. There's never a dull moment, but the fun, and the learning, never stops. 

Is it any good?

This lively series offers viewers of all ages the chance to see parts of the Australian bush, and to learn more about who, and what, lives in it. The high-energy hosts are extremely likable, and their enthusiasm is contagious as they embark on one exciting trip after another. But Brandon Walters, and later, Kamil Ellis, the Wiradjuri teen who replaced Walters after the first season, also serve as the bridge between Kayne Tremills and the different aboriginal people they meet along the way, especially since Tremills had never entered the bush before appearing in the series. Episode after episode, the commitment to teaching about their home and about their unique contributions to the country to a younger generation is evident. The endless array of interesting things to see and learn, combined with lots of adrenaline-filled moments, make Bushwhacked! a great series to tune into. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Australia. What's the history of the relationship between Europeans who settled there and the aboriginal tribes? Have things changed over the years? 

  • What challenges do aboriginal communities continue to face on the continent? Do you think the show addresses them?

  • What specific lessons does Bushwhacked! offer about the role that aboriginal cultures and community play in Australia? Why are these lessons just as important for people who live outside of Australia? 

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