- 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
Freya Newman sentence deferred
- Thursday, 23 October 2014
Today the sentence for Freya Newman, the girl who revealed the $60,000 undeclared scholarship given to Tony Abbott's daughter Frances has been deferred to 25th November.
You are probably wondering why I write about this here. Well, I believe Australia should not only be a country of amazing natural beauty but also the best place in the world to live. So let me tell you about the facts:
- Wednesday, 22 October 2014
With summer approaching and days getting warmer, snake activity is increasing again. While every year a 3-digit number of people get bitten and most Australian snakes are venomous, the number of fatalities is very low and most of these cases could have been avoided if the victims had acted more carefully.
In Western Australia for example, this week a 41-year-old man has died from the bite of what is believed to be a large Western Brown Snake.
Daylight Saving Time
- Sunday, 05 October 2014
Same 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Abbott is 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.
Happy New Year
- Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Was it better or worse than last year? I don't know - and do we actually care?
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.
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.
- Visiting Glow Worms
- Population reaches 23 million
- Koala genome sequenced
- 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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