WA Bachelor boy hopeful

When Nic Westaway found out he was a top 30 finalist in CLEO magazine's bachelor of the year search, it was a term he was already familiar with.

The Margaret River-raised Home and Away hunk, right, told AAA Weekend he was used to being teased about his single status by his on-screen brothers from surf gang the River Boys.

"When I joined Home and Away the other three Braxton brothers were in serious relationships so I was dubbed 'the Bachelor Braxton'," Westaway laughed.

"I have led that kind of lifestyle for a while, especially moving from WA to Sydney and not really knowing anybody."

But rather than getting a ribbing from his friends about making the annual list, Westaway said his pals back home were embracing the honour.

"A mate sent me a message and told me what my odds were on SportsBet," the 25-year-old said.

"He said he would put some money down because I was a sure thing, so I guess that's a vote of confidence."

Though his character Kyle is an on-screen favourite, Westaway admitted his hectic work schedule made it hard to meet women in real life.

"It does make it tricky," he said.

"I do like to fall back on the friendships I have brought over with me. I just had a Skype chat with one of my best friends in WA so it's nice to stay in touch with people back home."

Two of the actors who play Braxton brothers, Dan Ewing and Lincoln Younes, wrapped up their stint in Summer Bay this year, leading viewers to question whether final River Boy Steve Peacocke or the WA star would be next. But they can rest assured Westaway, for one, is not planning his departure.

"If Steve leaves the show I might be able to have a shot at a Logie," he jested.

Westaway will be back home next week for a much-needed mini-break and also plans to come back to Perth in time for Telethon in October.

He said he would not miss the fundraiser for the world.

"It is something I grew up watching and it's such an amazing cause," he said.

The West Australian

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