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  • Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania
  • Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia
  • Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney
  • Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania
  • Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia
  • Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia
  • Sunset in outback Western Australia
  • Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

05Oct

Daylight Saving Time

ClockSame procedure as every year, and the confusion just started. Those Australian states that observe daylight saving time have switched last night, moving the clock one hour forward.

To find out which states and territories observe daylight saving time and what time zone a region is in, please take a look at the Time Zones article.

04Jun

Vivid Sydney Reloaded

Harbour Bridge with Vivid Lights illuminationAnd again Vivid Sydney. This time I went to North Sydney to take photos of the illuminated Harbour Bridge. Under the arch of the bridge on the right hand side, you can see the Opera House with illuminated sails.

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03Jun

Vivid Sydney - Take 2

Vivid Lights projections on sails of the Opera HouseVivid Sydney Festival again. This time I went to Circular Quay to take photos of the Opera House. Have a look at the images, especially the first one looks like the sails had not just been painted but structurally altered.

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29May

Vivid Sydney - A festival of lights

Vivid Light

Vivid Sydney is back, the festival that illuminates the city.

Between 23 May and 9 June light shows and art installations can be seen in various locations in the city.Today I went to Darling Harbour, to see the Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre. Every full hour between 6pm and 11pm the show is on with a display of illuminated water features and laser projections.

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20Feb

I am Australian

Flag of AustraliaI have just returned from my Citizenship Ceremony and now I am a proud citizen of Australia.

Although I had received confirmation that my citizenship application was approved more than 5 months ago, until now I was still waiting to attend the ceremony, because only after publically taking the citizenship pledge the citizenship document is handed over.

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01Jan

Happy New Year

Fireworks over Sydney HarbourWelcome in 2014 and a Happy New Year! Sydney welcomes new year with a spectacular display of fireworks.

Was it better or worse than last year? I don't know - and do we actually care?

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26Jun

Kevin Rudd is Prime Minister again

Kevin Rudd is back in charge. Minutes ago it was anounced that the Australian Labor Party has elected him party leader which automatically makes him Prime Minister - pending of course the formal appointment through the Governor-General.

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26Dec

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race started

Regatta 2Every year on Boxing day (26th December) the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts in Sydney. After the day started with light rain, the sky soon cleared up and it became a very warm and sunny day and the race was started on time at 1pm.

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26Jun

Final stage of legal struggle to end "scientific" whaling

Humpback WhaleFor years the Australian government has tried to stop the so-called "scientific" whaling, a loophole in the international agreement to protect whales in the southern ocean and which is exploited by Japan. While whaling for commercial reasons is banned since 1986, the ban does not extend to the killing of whales for scientific purposes. And since 1986 the Japanese whaling fleet has hunted and killed more than 14,000 of these beautiful animals - supported by the Japanese government under the claim that it is all for scientific purposes.

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11Nov

Anniversary of Ned Kelly's execution

On this day, 133 years ago once of the most important figures in Australian history was put to death. Ned Kelly is a sort of national hero and inspite of having been a convicted criminal and killer, many see him as the local version of Robin Hood.

He was hanged in Melbourne Goal on 11 November 1880.

17Jun

Monorail in Sydney going to cease operating

MonorailBuild almost exactly a quarter of a century ago, Sydney's monorail will have its last day of operation on 30 June 2013. At the time of construction it was part of the redevelopment of Darling Harbour and back then considered a big step towards solving traffic congestion in CBD. The idea was that by not taking up any space at street level it would help to reduce traffic congestions. Unfortunately the monorail never met expectations and only ever reached about half the expected passenger numbers. From the beginning until today it has mainly been a tourist attraction.

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27Oct

Opera House: 40th Anniversary Concert

Opera House BirthdayIt is the 40th anniversary of the iconic Opera House and Sydney celebrates!

Just minutes ago, the climax of the celebrations has ended, a performance of nothing else but the very first piece of music that was played 40 years ago at the opening ceremony of the Opera House was now played again: Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

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20May

Visiting Glow Worms

Glowworm TunnelYesterday I went to visit the Blue Mountains again, taking along two friends. This time I wanted to get away from Katoomba and the crowds of tourists that tend to cluster around this place whenever the weather is good. So we decided to explore the Glow Worm Tunnel near Lithgow.

Unfortunately there were quite a few other visitors and it was therefore a bit difficult to really see the glow worms in action. Maybe the cool weather also contributed to the low numbers.

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18Sep

Tony Abbott is the new Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd had only a short revival. After a few weeks as reinstated Prime Minister, the election put an end to the Labor government and today the Coalition Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been sworn in by the Governor-General.

23Apr

Population reaches 23 million

23 m AustraliaAccording to calculations of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the population will pass 23 millions a few minutes before 10am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) today.

Australia has an annual population growth of 1.7 per cent, the largest of all OECD countries. That's the equivalent of 1,048 people per day. The majority of this growth - 60 percent -  is from net overseas migration and only 40 per cent from births.

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About meLiving Australia, living my dream

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My name is Gernot. You most like have never come across this name before, because it is rare even in Germany where I am originally from.

I have been to Australia for the first time in 2000 and immediately fell in love with this this country. The pleasant climate in Sydney, the unique combination of urban life and nature this city offers but especially the beautiful, warm colours of the land.

In 2010 I finally made this long standing dream come true. I left Germany and migrated as permanent resident to Sydney.

Between this first visit and relocating to Australia permanently has passed almost a decade and of course I have been back in between a number of times, travelling this country I now call home.

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Lonely Planet AustraliaThe classic backpacker travel guide

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