Monday, May 20, 2024

Summer Bay Beloved Couples: Compilation of Home and Away’s 30 most Talked About couple of all time Summer of love!


Let’s be honest, is there something more quintessentially Aussie than shooting up the barbie, breaking into a Tim Tams packet, and whacking in the background on Home and Away?

When you grow up in Australia, you will certainly be privy to the delicious sounds of the famous Aussie soap theme song, beginning with the five fateful lines, “You know we belong together…”

Ah yeah, yes, we know that.

So much so that we wanted to take a look back at our Home and Away favourite couples, counting down from 30…


And who’s going to be number one? In order to find out, keep reading!

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30. Scott & Dani’s

She was immediately smitten when Dani Sutherland (Tammin Sursok) first saw Scott Hunter (Kip Gamblin) riding his horse on the beach in 2003, and so were we. The arrival of Scott’s alcoholic girlfriend, Kit, triggered an early hiccup in their relationship. After he assumed she was having an affair with a book publisher, Dani and Scott got engaged, then split.

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29. Pippa & Tom

Pippa (Vanessa Downing) and Tom Fletcher (Roger Oakley) arrived in the Bay thirty years ago with their five foster children. After purchasing the caravan park, they left the city to make a new life for their families. They quickly became one of the most famous parental couples on Telev. Fans were saddened when Tom died in 1990 after a heart attack.

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28. Carly & Ben

As handsome soldier Ben Lucini (Julian McMahon) arrived in the Bay while on leave from the army, this fiery pair first met at the Diner. They started dating and Carly Morris (Sharyn Hodgson) loved what she saw. In 1990, the couple married and shortly afterwards moved to Perth.

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27. Marilyn & Donald

No-one in Summer Bay wanted Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) to fall for bubbly beautician Marilyn [Emily Symons], the straight-laced Summer Bay High principal. Donald was old enough to be the father of Marilyn, but the unusual pair shocked us by getting engaged. Marilyn and Donald adopted a baby child, who they called Byron, after getting married in 1996.

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26. Irene & Ken

Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) and Ken Smith (Anthony Phelan) had a relationship, but their love did not survive. Irene had a premonition that her fiancé will die, and when a car dropped on a mechanic at work in 2000, her greatest nightmare was confirmed.

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25. Meg & Blake

For a couple of months, Meg Bowman (Cathy Godbold) was just in Summer Bay, but it was long enough for Blake Dean (Les Hill) to fall in love head over heels. To find out that Meg was dead from leukaemia, the schoolboy was shocked. The boy passed away in his arms finally.

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24. Leah & Dan

Fans were delighted when Leah fell for schoolteacher Dan Baker (Tim Campbell). They married in 2005, amid his ex-wife Amanda Vale’s (Holly Brisley) effort to sabotage their wedding. Tragically, in the abseiling crash, Dan was killed.

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23. Steven & Selina

As a student and a coach, their passion, to say the least, was scandalous! Due to his immoral liaison with teenager Selina Roberts, Steven Matheson (Adam Willits) lost his teaching job (Tempany Deckert). Selina travelled abroad, but they reunited later and tied the knot together.

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22. Robbie & Tasha

H&A crowd favourites have been Tasha Andrews (Isabel Lucas) and Robbie Hunter (Jason Smith). The pair left the Bay in 2006 for a safer life in Boston after an HIV scare, an entanglement with a dangerous cult, a murder charge and a pregnancy.

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21. Bobby & Greg

Bobby had a second chance to make love to Greg Marshall (Ross Newton), her foster son’s boyfriend, Sam. But their happiness was cut short when she died in a speedboat crash in 1993 after being injured.

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20. John & Marilyn

When the couple began dating in 2013, Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons) actually had her happily ever after with John Palmer (Shane Withington). When John was ousted as the Summer Bay arsonist and taken to prison, they encountered difficult times. Although the sailing following his release was smoothing, things were unfortunately coming to an end for the pair, but we still think they’re iconic.

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19. April & Dexter

Young love flourished between April Scott (Rhiannon Fish) and Dexter Walkerer Students (Charles Cottier). Still they had their share of ups and downs, including Dex kissing someone else and falling for Heath Braxton in April! In 2013, before heading to Paris, the couple finally reunited and tied the knot.

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18. Scott & Hayley

She wasn’t sure if the father was Scott Hunter (Kip Gamblin) or Kim Hyde when Hayley (Bec Hewitt) became pregnant in 2005. A triangle of love grew, but ultimately Hayley decided to be with Scott, who turned out to be the baby daddy as well.

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17. Aden & Belle

From Aden’s (Todd Lasance) mental meltdown to Belle’s (Jessica Tovey) painkiller addiction, this pair suffered a massive amount of trauma in their relationship. But just four weeks after their 2009 wedding, Belle’s shock diagnosis of cancer and tragic death left the group crying for days.

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16. Michael & Pippa

It is almost hard to imagine that poor Pippa Fletcher (Debra Lawrance) will grieve for not one, but two husbands, but that’s what she had to suffer when her second husband, Michael Ross (Dennis Coard), died in 1996 while attempting to save Sam (Ryan Clark) from a raging storm.

Debra and Dennis have been happily married in real life since 1992.

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15. Will & Gypsy

Who didn’t love feisty Gyspy Nash (Kimberley Cooper) along with Will Smith (Zac Drayson)? Throughout the fallout of her abduction experience, Will was there for Gypsy and even delivered their baby Lily on the roadside when Gypsy went to work in 2001. If their passion had only lasted…

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14. Travis & Rebecca

When Travis Nash (Nic Testoni) and Rebecca Fisher (Belinda Emmett) said ‘I do’ on the beach in 1997, it was a wild and windy day, but their surprise wedding was stunning. Before sailing abroad on a tall ship to begin a new life in Canada, the happy couple became foster parents for a while.

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13. Kane & Kirsty

When they learned Kirsty (Christie Hayes) was dating Kane Phillips (Sam Atwell), the bad boy who had sexually assaulted her older sister Dani, the Sutherland family was ripped apart (Tammin Sursok). The smitten schoolgirl couldn’t stay away, despite her family’s objections. In 2004, the couple eloped, but later reaffirmed their marital vows in front of their friends and families.

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12. Ailsa & Alf

The hearts and minds of Summer Bay is one of Australian TV’s most popular couples, Alf (Ray Meagher) and Ailsa Stewart (Judy Nunn). No-nonsense Ailsa could deal with Alf’s temper, and from Ailsa’s struggle with postnatal depression to her emotional meltdown in the wake of a traumatic hold-up at the Diner, their rock-solid friendship withstood everything. Sadly, when she died in 2000 of a heart attack, Alf lost his soulmate Ailsa.

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11. Kim & Rachel

Particularly after Kim Hyde (Chris Hemsworth) fathered baby Archie with Kit (Amy Mizzi), their marriage collapsed, but we still liked confused doctor Rachel Armstrong (Amy Mathews) and hunky Kim as a couple. A highlight was their wedding.

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10. Romeo & Indi

Indi Walker (Samara Weaving) and the sweet love story of Romeo Smith (Luke Mitchell) have captured many hearts. Yet disaster struck, like so many couples before them. Romeo quietly fled the Bay to save his young wife the agony of his death after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013. We still cry…

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9. Jack & Martha

This couple got married twice and battled with the struggle against breast cancer and alcoholism of Martha MacKenzie (Jodi Gordon), but it seemed like nothing could break them apart. Fans were shocked when, after Angelo Rosetta (Luke Jacobz) accidentally shot him, Jack Holden (Paul O’Brien) died in 2008.

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8. Bianca & Heath

Who should blame teacher Bianca Scott (Lisa Gormley) for losing Heath Braxton (Dan Ewing) as a bad boy? Since their son Rocco passed away from SIDS, their romantic relationship scaled the heights and they got married in 2013 and plumbed the depths. Yet there was still a seemingly unbreakable bond for one of our all-time favourite couples.

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7. Hayley & Noah

The two fall in love after Noah Lawson (Beau Brady) saved Hayley Smith (Bec Cartwright) from some thugs outside a nightclub. On her 21st birthday, Noah proposed to Hayley and the couple married. Tragedy struck in 2004, however, when the psychopath Sarah Lewis shot Noah dead (Luisa Hastings-Edge).

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6. Vinnie & Leah

Vinnie Patterson (Ryan Kwanten), Larrikin’s lifeguard and part-time stripper, looked unable to settle down until he met Leah Poulos (Ada Nicodemou). Leah fell pregnant soon after the couple’s big Greek wedding and adopted a baby child, VJ, in 2001. However, just hours after the birth of his son, Vinnie was arrested on charges of theft. He was sentenced to two years probation, but unfortunately died as a witness.

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5. Charlie & Brax

Brax [Stephen Peacocke] was dangerous, thrilling, and no stranger to the police. Then when he fell for lovely local cop Charlie Buckton, it seemed like the gang boss of the River Boy would eventually be tamed. They became the perfect soap couple, meaning their love was doomed as well. When she was shot by crazed crim Jake Pirovic, Brax and Charlie decided to move to the town together (Fletcher Humphrys). In 2012, Brax was forced to turn off Charlie’s life support, breaking one of the best love stories in the Bay.

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4. Frank & Bobby

Bobby Simpson (Nicolle Dickson) and Frank Morgan (Alex Papps) had incredible chemistry from the moment they appeared on screen together in 1988. Being teens, of course, meant that their love was riddled with drama, due in particular to evil Roo (Justine Clarke), who desired Frank for herself. Yet the two became inseparable, and they married eventually.

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3. Sally & Flynn

When it came to marriages, a series of unsuccessful romances made Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie) wary. But the lovely Doctor Flynn Saunders (Joel McIlroy) easily won her over, and in 2003, the couple tied the knot. When Leah (Ada Nicodemou) volunteered to be a surrogate, the newlyweds were delighted and they welcomed a baby girl named Pippa.

However, after Flynn was diagnosed with melanoma and given only three months to live, their life crumbled. Sally and Flynn danced to their wedding song in their final hours.

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2. Ricky & Brax

Darryl “Brax” Braxton (Stephen Peacocke) had all but lost hope of finding love following the painful loss of Charlie (Esther Anderson). Yet Ricky Sharpe (Bonnie Sveenarrival )’s changed his world right-side up. Theirs was never, of course, an easy love. Brax was taken to death for a crime that he had not done. He survived, but to protect those he loved, he decided to fake his own death. Believing that Brax was dead, Ricky married Dr. Nate Cooper (Kyle Pryor). Brax made a shock comeback in Summer Bay after her engagement to Nate broke down.

He was cleared of all felony accusations and won the heart of Ricky again. The lovers left Summer Bay in 2016 together with their baby boy Casey and became a real family at last.

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1. Angel and Shane

It has been more than 25 years since they fell in love, but fans of H&A will never forget the turbulent love story of Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer) and Angel Brooks (Melissa George). When runaway teen Angel arrived in the Bay and sold Shane fake concert tickets, the pair got off to a shaky start, but finally fell madly in love. They almost broke up, however, when Shane found out that Angel had a son she’d never told him before! Angel was struck by a driver in the lead-up to their 2005 wedding and left paralysed.

However, she miraculously got up from her wheelchair on their big day and walked down the aisle. It was a sight that people are never going to forget. Shane unexpectedly collapsed and died of septicaemia one year later, leaving Angel and viewers heartbroken. Sob!-Sob!

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