The Bachelor Australia

Everything we know about our new (and very handsome) Bachelor for 2020, Locky Gilbert

He is one tall drink of water!

By Rebecca Sullivan
So Australia, we've officially got our brand new Bachelor for 2020, Survivor star Locky Gilbert.
If you're wondering who the bloody hell this tall, dark and handsome man is, you're not alone.
While Locky, who first graced our TV screens in 2017 on Australian Survivor and has returned for the All Stars season this year, is hugely popular among die-hard Survivor fans (trust us, there are loads of 'em), he's not hugely well known to most of the Australian public.
In fact, Locky is so under-the-radar - well, if you call 27,000 Instagram followers under-the-radar - that he still has his personal email address listed in his Instagram profile. It's adorably naive. The poor bloke has no idea his Gmail is about to get absolutely flooded.
And eagle-eyed fans may have gotten a hint that Locky was Ten's pick for the coveted role, because just last month he told NW that he'd definitely be up for being 2020's Bachelor.
"I'd love to give it a crack," he admitted.
So, apart from starring on Survivor, who exactly is this guy?
Keep on scrolling to meet your new Bachie and find out.
Locky showing off his trademark smile and solid beard growth. Image: Instagram
Swoon! Image: Channel 10

He's a professional adventure guide

Locky runs a business called Four Elements Adventure, which runs guided tours all over Bali and its surrounding islands.
"Locky has spent countless amounts of days exploring the island, hidden gems and crazy adventures. He has then been able to hand-craft adventure tours that will get your heart racing, adrenaline pumping and change the way you see Indonesia," reads a description of the company on its Facebook page.
"We offer full day tours all over Bali and surrounding Islands, consisting of hidden waterfalls, snorkelling with manta rays on Nusa Penida, mountain biking through the Baliness jungle, hiking to the top of volcanos, scuba diving through WWII ship wrecks and so much MORE. "

Locky is based in Perth and regularly travels to Bali to run the tours.
His Instagram account is jam-packed with photos of himself, usually shirtless, galloping around Indonesia's stunning natural wonders.
Looks like the dream gig!

He's covered in tattoos

Locky has the phrase "Strength & Honour" tattooed across the front of his chest, as well as a map of the world on his left ribs.
On his left bicep is a picture of four playing cards and on his right bicep, a design inscribed with the phrase "You only live once".
Locky's tattoos take pride of place on his torso. Image: Channel 10
The map of the world is presumably a reference to Locky's love of travel. Image: Channel 10

He dated one of his fellow Survivor contestants

Brooke and Locky formed an instant connection on Survivor: All Stars. Image: Channel 10
Locky and his Australian Survivor: All Stars co-star Brooke had chatted a bit on Instagram before they met in person in Fiji for the first time last year, but the second they locked eyes on each other, they knew their connection was serious.
"It was instant, like, you're my person," Brooke, 27, told TV WEEK on Monday, when asked about meeting Locky for the first time on the island.
"We'd chatted a bit through Instagram beforehand – nothing crazy, just talking about travel – but I thought he was cute too. As soon as we got there, we were joined at the hip."
The Melbourne-based personal trainer admits they tried to keep their growing connection "on the downlow, but it was hard".
"I'd think, 'Does he like me? Or is just using me [in the game]?'" she said. "And he's thinking the same about me!"
She added: "But really, I trusted him from the start, and it was nice to have someone who made you feel good and not miss home so much."
Brooke and Locky tried to keep their relationship private. Image: Channel 10
But they couldn't hide their attraction for long. Image: Channel 10
But once filming wrapped, their relationship didn't translate into the real world, with the pair based on opposite sides of the country.
"He's in Perth and Bali, and I'm in Melbourne. His work means he'd want me to go to him, but I won't leave my family and my dog. I'm also really focused on my career," Brooke said.
"It's a lot more difficult in the real world than it was out there."
While both Brooke and Locky strictly identify as single, their current relationship status sounds very ... messy.
"It's still on the cards. We haven't completely written it off, it's just very complicated with the distance. It's such an obstacle," Brooke said of a possible reunion.
The pair "stilll talk fairly often", Locky told Perth Now last month, though he confirmed, "I am single".
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Locky also dated a former Love Island contestant

Well, well, someone clearly has a type!
Before he went on Survivor for the very first time in 2017, Locky dated former Love Island Australia season 2 contestant Jordan Cayless.
The last time they were pictured together on Jordan's Instagram was January 2019, and a few months later in October 2019, Jordan was revealed as an intruder on Love Island Australia. Locky's last Instagram photo with Jordan was posted in December 2018.
FYI, she's now completely moved on from Locky and is dating a personal trainer in Perth, Gerard Majda.
Jordan and Locky dated for about two years. Image: Instagram
The couple pictured during a romantic vacay. Image: Instagram
It seems distance has always been a problem for Locky in his previous relationships.
In a 2017 interview with TV WEEK, Locky admitted the pair, who had been dating for a year at the time, were in a long-distance relationship.
"Our relationship has always been away from each other," Locky said of his relationship with Jordan, revealing the pair met at an Australia Day party in their hometown of Perth.
"This year, both of us have been on seven different trips and not one has been together."
Locky revealed that while Jordan was"secure" in their relationship, she was still concerned he'd be tempted to cheat.
"She's a little worried about me," he confessed on the Kyle and Jackie O show at the time.
"We watched a few Survivors together and she was like, 'Oh no you're going to have to cuddle people,'" Locky spilled.
"We had like a cuddling rule, like no touching at the waist and stuff."
A real-life Lady and the Tramp moment. Image: Instagram
And, when asked if he would want to spent the Survivor prize money on an engagement ring, Locky told TV WEEK: "She'd [Jordan] be pretty happy if I did, but I think it would go straight on adventure and starting up a company or something."
He said locking down a partner and settling down was tricky with his work.
"I know I definitely do [want a family], but the lifestyle I live is really hard," he explained at the time.
"I know once I have kids, I'm going to have to stop that."
I want to be the dog in this picture. Image: Instagram

He says he's "terrible" at dating

Well mate, that better be about to change, because you're about to start dating 20-odd women at once!
When asked last month if he would be open to appearing on a dating show like The Bachelor, Locky certainly didn't shut down the idea, but admitted he was awful on dates.
"I'm pretty terrible at dating," he told Perth Now, but said he wouldn't turn down an offer from Ten.
"I am single at the moment, if the option did come up, it'd be pretty fun I guess".
It sure will be! We cannot wait to properly meet Locky this year and watch the Bachie drama unfold.