Stan Turek reflects on his time as part of The Amazing Race Australia

Stowaways Stan and Wayne during The Amazing Race. Pictures: Network 10

Stowaways Stan and Wayne during The Amazing Race. Pictures: Network 10

The biggest thing The Amazing Race Australia stowaway Stan Turek felt when watching his journey back on TV was relief.

The Cobbitty resident and his teammate - and good friend - Wayne Marino were eliminated on Tuesday night's episode of the hit Aussie series, after joining the competition midway through the race.

Mr Turek was happy to see that other teams also found navigating the unfamiliar territory Australia had to offer just as difficult as he and Mr Marino did.

"It was a huge relief, I could see a lot of the other guys got lost and couldn't get past challenges as well or were stuck for ages," he said.

"It really is the luck of the draw. It brought me a lot of relief to see that.

"One of the things that we didn't have on our side was experience. A lot of the other racers knew about asking for maps, searching around for them, and we didn't know any of that.

"Coming in later to a competitive game, they didn't really fill us in.

"If we had started out at the beginning, I think we would have conquered a lot more challenges.

"I get really frustrated getting lost in general, but I think it's something I've overcome since the show, so I'm pretty proud of that."

Mr Turek said his calves were thankful for the rest once his Amazing Race journey was over, as he wasn't used to do quite so much cardio.

Stan and Wayne at bootcamp.

Stan and Wayne at bootcamp.

He said his biggest challenge on the show was not navigation related, but rather a tussle with a wetsuit on Hopkins Island.

"We're in Port Lincoln and heading over to Hopkins Island," Mr Turek explained.

"I'm feeling a little crook because I'm not used to being in a boat in uncharted waters.

"I'm getting my wetsuit on, which is a struggle, and finally I lift it over my arms to get ready to start swimming, and - in an iconic bodybuilding moment, I can't believe it didn't make it in the show - the wetsuit ripped in half.

"Wayne was then trying to rip his too, but it's just not happening for the little fella.

"So I had to take off the whole wetsuit, then put on this triple extra large wetsuit. Just changing wetsuits is a workout in itself.

"Once I'm in the water, the sleeves and the neck are all filling up with water and I feel like I'm choking.

"I thought I was going to die, I thought it would be the death of me. I was just about to call for help. It was so scary and I was so tired and embarrassed."

Mr Turek's favourite challenge, however, was his very last.

"The most important challenge to me was the final one, helping the homeless, and it's only available on the 10 Play," he said.

"It was of the biggest significance to me because me parents entered this country as refugees, so to be able to give some charitable help and help out those in need, means a lot.

"We got to help clean some clothes, wash and iron them.

"Hats off to the guys at Orange Sky (the mobile laundry). They're a bunch of young people and they're not at home playing video games, they're out there making a difference."

Stan and Wayne at Brisbane's Story Bridge, their final pitstop, where they were eliminated from the race.

Stan and Wayne at Brisbane's Story Bridge, their final pitstop, where they were eliminated from the race.

Mr Turek said he had a great time getting to know the other teams.

"We were teamed up with Chris and Aleisha, the 'Geek and Princess' team, for the Hopkins Island challenge and we got along like a house on fire," he said.

"They were the brains and we were the brawn, but that Chris is quite a strong kid himself, even though he cops some stick for being a vegan.

"We had that great 'Stowaway' rapport with MJ and Chelsea, and the other thing that helped there was our day at Adelaide Oval. They were so kind and so nice to us, helping us out.

"That was a hard day - you can see by my quads that these are not long distance running legs, and we must have covered 10 kilometres that day."

Mr Turek came into the competition hoping to change or at least challenge the stigma of bodybuilders being 'vain' and 'dumb', and he thinks he and Mr Marino might have succeeded.

"As Wayne kept mentioning, we're not all dumbasses, we don't just go to the gym, there's more to us," he said.

"We're not all narcissistic and we do value other people. I'm all about everyone being on an equal plane and always trying to do my best."

Mr Turek said he was incredibly grateful to Network 10 for inviting them on the show and taking care of them throughout the race.

"They looked after us really well and managed to present a positive, funny show that's really wholesome," he said.

"Good on 10 and Eureka Productions."

The Amazing Race Australia airs Sundays-Tuesday at 7.30pm on 10.