The Amazing Race 18 Leg 1

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Leg 1
Starting Line San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm
Palm Springs
United States Flag of the United States.svg
Pit Stop Shelly Beach
Australia Flag of Australia.svg
Winners Gary & Mallory
Last Place Jet & Cord
No Penalty
Distance 7607.85 miles
Contains Roadblock.png

Leg One of The Amazing Race 18 saw teams race from the United States to Australia. It was filmed between November 20-22, 2010 and first aired in the USA on February 20, 2011 and in Canada on February 27.


San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

The race began with Phil welcoming the eleven teams with unfinished business, preparing them for their second journey, and shouting "Go!" Teams then had to search through a field containing hundreds of paper airplanes with various words written on them for one matching the clue "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services", and had to figure out that this was a reference to Qantas. Once teams presented a correct airplane to Phil, he would give them their first clue and tickets for one of two flights. The last team to complete the task would be faced with an Automatic U-Turn in the very first Detour they'll encounter along the race course.

Los Angeles International Airport

  • Los Angeles
  • Distance: 105 miles

Teams were given tickets to one of two Qantas flights. The first eight teams to complete the Starting Line task would depart 90 minutes ahead of the last three teams.

Sydney Airport

International Railway Station

  • Marathon
  • Distance: 1.42 miles

Teams had to travel by metro train to reach Sydney proper.

Circular Quay Railway Station

  • Sydney
  • Distance: 5.67 miles

Circular Quay Wharf

  • Sydney
  • Distance: 0.52 miles

Teams would then travel by Sydney Ferries across the harbour to their ultimate destination for this leg of the race.

Manly Wharf

  • Manly
  • Distance: 5.93 miles

Oceanworld Manly

  • Manly
  • Distance: 0.19 miles

Roadblock.png Roadblock: When teams finally arrived at this popular aquarium, they encountered a Roadblock. Who's ready to get tanked? The chosen team member would have to put on scuba gear and go diving into the shark tank. They would retrieve an antique compass that was decorated with a decoder key. Once back at the surface, they had to use the compass to decode a secret message written in nautical flags. If they proceeded to their next destination and told the commodore the correct password, "I am Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", they would receive their next clue.

Amanda, Flight Time, Mallory, Cara, Jet, Vyxsin, Kisha, Margie, Mel, Christina, Justin

Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club

  • Manly
  • Distance: 0.35 miles

Teams would then join a sailing crew and had to sail a skiff boat across the bay, guiding it through a series of buoys, to receive their next clue.

Shelly Beach

  • Manly
  • Distance: 0.77 miles

PitStop.png Pit Stop: The first team to arrive would win the Express Pass. This was a No-Rest Pit Stop, and teams were immediately handed their next clue and told to continue racing. The last team did not receive any penalty.


Team SGW SWF LAI Plane.png IRS Train.png CQW Ferry.png OWM Roadblock.png SSC SB PitStop.png Roadblocks
Gary & Mallory 1st Decrease2.png 10th A A A Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Gary 0, Mallory 1
Amanda & Kris 1st Decrease2.png 11th Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd Increase2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd Amanda 1, Kris 0
Kisha & Jen 1st Decrease2.png 9th Decrease2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd Kisha 1, Jen 0
Zev & Justin 1st Decrease2.png 2nd B B B Decrease2.png 6th Increase2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Zev 0, Justin 1
Flight Time & Big Easy 1st Decrease2.png 6th Decrease2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th Flight Time 1, Big Easy 0
Jaime & Cara 1st Decrease2.png 8th Decrease2.png 7th Decrease2.png 8th Increase2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Jaime 0, Cara 1
Margie & Luke 1st Decrease2.png 7th Steady2.png 4th Decrease2.png 9th Increase2.png 8th Increase2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th Margie 1, Luke 0
Ron & Christina 1st Decrease2.png 5th C C Decrease2.png 9th Increase2.png 6th Decrease2.png 7th Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th Ron 0, Christina 1
Mel & Mike 1st Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 10th Increase2.png 7th Decrease2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th Mel 1, Mike 0
Kent & Vyxsin 1st Decrease2.png 4th B B Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Kent 0, Vyxsin 1
Jet & Cord 1st Decrease2.png 3rd C D Decrease2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Jet 1, Cord 0
  • A bold team member in the Roadblock count indicates the team member who completed this leg's Roadblock.
  • An orange ∪ indicates that the team was penalized for finishing last in the Starting Line task and would have to perform the Automatic U-Turn.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a no-rest leg.
The Amazing Race 18
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesAustraliaJapanChinaIndiaAustriaLiechtensteinSwitzerlandBrazil
Teams Amanda & KrisFlight Time & Big EasyGary & MalloryJaime & CaraJet & CordKent & VyxsinKisha & JenMargie & LukeMel & MikeRon & ChristinaZev & Justin
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