BAY BOYS GO BUSH

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HOME and Away’s new­est River Boy, George Ma­son, had barely set­tled into life at Sum­mer Bay be­fore he was whisked off to shoot in the Out­back.

In episodes air­ing this week on the soap, Ma­son’s Ash heads to the ru­ral town of White Cliffs in search of his sis­ter, with Steve Pea­cocke’s Brax join­ing him for the ride.

White Cliffs is a small opal min­ing town in far north-western NSW about 255km north-east of Bro­ken Hill.

For New Zealand-born Ma­son, the red dust and sweep­ing land and skies were a taste of “real Aus­tralia”.

“You join Home and Away and you think ‘beach’,” says Ma­son, a surfer since he was a child.

“Next thing we’re at White Cliffs. We flew to Bro­ken Hill, but other cast and crew drove the whole way – some­thing like 13 hours – then drove in a 4WD on a dirt track. There were kan­ga­roos ev­ery­where and road­kill … ev­ery car had bull bars on it. It was awe­some.

“White Cliffs has a pop­u­la­tion of 103 – we got to know ev­ery­one on a per­sonal ba­sis in a week there … There’s some re­ally great char­ac­ters down at the pub – most nights they’d be chew­ing our ear off. They were awe­some and loved hav­ing us there.”

It’s Ma­son’s first ma­jor sto­ry­line since join­ing the show, and he said it was a valu­able ex­er­cise in set­tling into his character and his dy­namic with Pea­cocke’s Brax, and well as form­ing a mate­ship with Pea­cocke off screen.

“It was great to go away and spend time with Steve in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment and set­tle in with the whole cast and crew,” he says. “It felt we were away shoot­ing a fea­ture film.”

HOME AND AWAY’S WHITE CLIFFS EPISODE

THURS­DAY, 7PM, SEVEN

By Deb­bie Schipp

Ash (George Ma­son) and Brax (Steve Pea­cocke) in White Cliffs.

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