- 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
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
Vivid Sydney Reloaded
- Wednesday, 04 June 2014
And 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.
Vivid Sydney - Take 2
- Tuesday, 03 June 2014
Vivid 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.
Vivid Sydney - A festival of lights
- Thursday, 29 May 2014
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.
I am Australian
- Thursday, 20 February 2014
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.
Happy New Year
- Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Was it better or worse than last year? I don't know - and do we actually care?
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race started
- Thursday, 26 December 2013
Every 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.
Final stage of legal struggle to end "scientific" whaling
- Wednesday, 26 June 2013
For 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.
Anniversary of Ned Kelly's execution
- Monday, 11 November 2013
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.
Monorail in Sydney going to cease operating
- Monday, 17 June 2013
Build 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.
Opera House: 40th Anniversary Concert
- Sunday, 27 October 2013
It 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.
Visiting Glow Worms
- Monday, 20 May 2013
Yesterday 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.
Tony Abbott is the new Prime Minister
- Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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.
Population reaches 23 million
- Tuesday, 23 April 2013
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.
Kevin Rudd is Prime Minister again
- Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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.
Koala genome sequenced
- Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Australian scientists sequence the Koala genome, hoping to better understand the biology of these beautiful animals which are so highly adapted to their native environment. Scientists hope the work will expand our understanding of how devastating diseases such as chlamydia and koala retrovirus affect some koalas and others not.
So far 12,000 genes have been identified and work is going on to identify the full set which scientists believe will contain about 20,000 genes - a number similar to what we have in our human genome.
- Australia ends daylight saving time
- Waltzing Matilda anniversary
- Events Calendar released
- Amazing Australia goes interactive
- Europe switches to daylight saving time
- Sailing in Sydney Harbour
- Ned Kelly - criminal and national hero
- Lonely Planet sold
- Forgotten Songs
- Major updates released
- A day trip to Wentworth Falls
About meLiving Australia, living my dream
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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