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Great outdoors opens up again
Rachael Finch and Tom Williams. Picture: Supplied.

It's a glorious spring day in Sydney and former Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch is enjoying the great outdoors.

As it turns out, she has finished filming for the popular travel show that returns to Seven on Sunday after a few years off air, and is squeezing some fitness in to her busy day.

"I am exercising at the moment in Bondi; it's 27C in Sydney and it's amazing and sunny so I am walking along the beach," she says.

"The focus of the series is outback Australia; it is all beautiful rural and regional parts of Australia, places you wouldn't necessarily think to visit on a holiday."

Joining Finch as presenters are Tom Williams, who was with the original Great Outdoors for many years, singer Adam Brand and adventurer Peter Wells.

Wells visited WA for the season premiere, getting a taste of outback life on Bullara Station. In later episodes he swims with the whale sharks in Exmouth and visits Cervantes and Coral Bay.

Across the season the team will retrace the epic Burke and Wills expedition from Victoria to the Gulf of Carpentaria, with Brand starting out at Royal Park in Melbourne.

Williams visits Newlyn, the home town of Hawthorn star Brad Sewell, to give the town's social heart, the Newlyn Football Club, a much- needed makeover.

Finch heads to Hydeaway Bay, the most northern point on the Whitsundays coastline, where she discovers an eco jetski safari.

"All my trips were on the east side of Australia, almost all of them were places I had never visited except Queensland," Finch says.

"We went around the Whitsundays which I did as a child, we took trips out to the reef all the time.

"Sailing around the Whitsundays was pretty unreal; even though I had done it before it was a really surreal special feeling, doing that in the sun, looking out at endless ocean and the way we did it was a little bit different than the normal way to sail around islands."

Finch says the series offers a mix of experiences for all types of travellers.

"I went to completely different locations all the time, in the middle of the desert, to on the water, to rolling green hills, so there's definitely variety there and in the activities we are doing as well.

"I did some action-filled and adrenaline-filled activities and then I did some more cultural activities with a bit of history behind them."

Finch will be reporting with Hamish McLachlan and Pia Miller from the Brownlow Medal red carpet for Seven and 7Mate on Monday night and will also be part of Seven's spring racing carnival team.

She continues to dish out love advice each week with Nova's Fitzy and Wippa on their Listen to Your Heart segment and is also trying to plan her wedding to dance instructor Michael Miziner, who was her partner on Dancing with the Stars in 2010.

"That is very exciting, we are just getting all the plans in place, it takes a long time to plan a wedding, that's for sure," she enthuses, adding she doesn't yet have a dress for next year's big day.

The Great Outdoors airs on Sunday at 5.30pm on Seven/GWN7.

The West Australian

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