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19 Random Facts About Australia's Iconic TV Show "Home And Away"

The name Refuge really just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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2. The show was originally going to be called Refuge.

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Show creator Alan Bateman came up with the show's concept during a holiday to Kangaroo Point. He noticed locals complaining about the construction of a foster home where city kids were being moved to, and thus, the idea behind Summer Bay was born!


5. While the cast shoots out at Palm Beach in Sydney, the actual sets are based in Channel Seven's studios in Redfern.

7. Ada Nicodemou (Leah) admitted in an interview that the cast sometimes uses what they call a “tear blower” to help them fake cry.

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"It’s basically a bit of a mentholated spirit-type of thing that they blow in your eye. That kind of brings it on and, if you’ve got the emotion behind it, you can cry," she said.


9. Lynne McGranger wasn’t the original Irene. She took over the role in 1993 when Irene came back to the Bay.

Jacqui Philips originally played Irene from 1991-1992, then the character left the bay to "get herself together".


14. There have been three different diners since the show commenced.

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The original diner was called Bayside Diner and run by Bobby and Ailsa. In 2000, Colleen accidentally set fire to the kitchen of Bayside. Alf and Ailsa relocated the diner to an existing building in front of the beach, and renamed it the Beachside Diner. In 2008 the Beachside Diner became unsafe due to aftershocks from the 1996 earthquake. The diner was then relocated to its current location on the pier, and is currently owned by Leah and Irene.


18. There have been seven different versions of the Home and Away theme song used throughout the years.

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While the lyrics have remained the same, the number of verses included were gradually cut back over time.