Mystery Road: episode guide

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Episode 1.01
Sun, June 03, 2018 (ABC)
786,000 viewers (5th)
Written by Michaeley O'Brien
Directed by Rachel Perkins

When there is a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station, Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate. Working with local cop Emma James, Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.

When Indigenous detective Jay Swan arrives in the remote town of Patterson to investigate a mysterious disappearance from an outback cattle station, he thinks it will be an easy three day job. But it soon becomes clear that this is not a simple case. Not only does the missing local Indigenous teenager Marley know the country, but he would have stayed with his vehicle. It also appears there may have been force. But by who? And why?

Jay now has to work with smart, tough local cop Emma James. Born to a wealthy pastoral family and proud of her pioneering history, Emma’s life is embedded in the town. But Emma has her own secrets — bound up in the history of the town. Jay is also saddled by the arrival of his daughter Crystal, who’s run away from her own trouble at home.

When it becomes apparent that Marley was not alone, and that another farm hand is also missing, Jay’s focus turns to the cattle station owner Tony Ballantyne. When it is revealed that Tony is Emma’s brother and that the land where the boys went missing belongs to the family, Jay wonders why she didn't tell him that up front. Did the boys stumble on something? Is Emma covering for her brother? When everyone knows everyone, anyone could be a suspect… including Emma.



  • Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan
  • Judy Davis as Emma James
  • Deborah Mailman as Kerry Thompson
  • Wayne Blair as Larry Dime
  • Colin Friels as Tony Ballantyne
  • Anthony Hayes as Ryan Muller
  • John Waters as Travis James
  • Tasia Zalar as Shevorne Shields
  • Madeleine Madden as Crystal Swan
  • Ernie Dingo as Keith Groves
  • Aaron McGrath as Marley Thompson
  • Arthur Angel as Chris Kollias
  • Eddie Baroo as Tyson Zein
  • Peter Docker as Luke Roberts
  • Jessica Falkholt as Genevieve Leclaire
  • Benjamin Hoetjes as Eric Hoffman
  • Alex Jones as Linda Ballantyne
  • Rohan Mirchandaney as David Sharma
  • Ben Oxenbould as Vince Pearce
  • Erroll Shand as Erroll Campbell
  • Connor Van Vuuren as Reese Dale
  • Meyne Wyatt as Cedric Thompson
  • Gordon Churchill as Tipper
  • Jeremy Fernandez as Newsreader
  • Memphis James as Kid #1
  • Kaya Jarrett as Lana
  • Teresa Moore as Jaz
  • Georgia Powers as Angel
  • Dwayne Rosewood as Kid #2
  • David Selvendra as Petrol Station Attendant
  • Mikey Cox as Jay Horse Riding Double
  • Angelina Skerman as Emma Horse Riding Double
  • Leon Stripp as Jay Driving Double
  • Ali MacGregor as Emma Picture Double