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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

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.

Read more: Final stage of legal struggle to end "scientific" whaling

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.

Read more: Monorail in Sydney going to cease operating

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.

Read more: Visiting Glow Worms

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.

Read more: Population reaches 23 million

10Apr

Koala genome sequenced

Koala smallAustralian 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.

Read more: Koala genome sequenced

07Apr

Australia ends daylight saving time

ClockThose states in Australia which use daylight saving time have just switched back to standard time. As a result the time difference between Europe and those Australian states has been reduced by one hour.

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

28Mar

Sailing in Sydney Harbour

Harbour BridgeToday I went sailing in Sydney Harbour with a group of 5 other people. We set out from Tarban Creek and sailed down Parramatta River past Spectacle Island, Cockatoo Island and Goat Island. When we approached the Harbour Bridge I was lucky to get some nice photos from a perspective that is only available from the water.

Read more: Sailing in Sydney Harbour

06Apr

Waltzing Matilda anniversary

Today is the 118th anniversary of the first performance of Australia's most famous song - Waltzing Matilda.

Banjo Paterson wrote the song in January 1895 but the exact date is unknown. However, it is believed that it was first publically performed on April 6, 1895 at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton.

Find out more about the song, the historic context and the lyrics HERE.

22Mar

Ned Kelly - criminal and national hero

Ned Kelly trialNed Kelly. Convicted criminal, murderer and yet a national hero and to many Australians he is the local equivalent of Robin Hood. His use of a bullet deflecting armour in the last stand against the police have made him famous and he is considered one of the most important figures in Australian history.

Read more: Ned Kelly - criminal and national hero

04Apr

Events Calendar released

The past few days have been rainy and unpleasant, so I decided to add some more functionality to Amazing Australia. In addition to the forum addon released last time, I have now added an events calendar.

When you come across an event in Australia you think might be of interests to others, please add it to the calendar. You need to be registered and logged in to add events. Unfortunately this extra step is necessary to avoid spam and abuse.

20Mar

Lonely Planet sold

Today's news contained one item that caught my attention. The Lonley Planet is being sold. No, not the actual book but the whole business. And since BBC Worldwide had bought it in 2007, the price has dropped 60%:

So, why do I mention this here? Well, Lonely Planet is closely connected to Australia. Even though you might not be aware of it because today there are Lonely Planet books available covering many countries and travel destinations, it all started in Melbourne in the 1970's as a travel guide to Australia.

But as about everyone I know who travelled Australia had a Lonely Planet, I thought it would be a good idea to give you my thoughts on the book.

Read more: Lonely Planet sold

01Apr

Amazing Australia goes interactive

ForumI have added another big update to the site. Amazing Australia now features a forum for all sorts of discussions around travelling in Australia. There is a board where you can introduce yourself to other readers, talk about positive or negative experiences you had with accomodation or recommend places you think are a "must see".

If you find anything is not working to perfection on this website or want to suggest other improvements, I have added boards for these topics as well.

Make sure you are registered and logged in, otherwise you have no write access to the forum.

14Mar

Forgotten Songs

Bird CagesSydney is an amazing city and there are always new things to discover. Even if you have worked just a few blocks away for close to two years, you stumble upon new things as happened to me today.

I went to the city and by chance came into a small alley named Angel Place which connects Pitt Street and George Street and is right next to Martin Place. And although this is probably the least likely place for art, you will be surprised.

Read more: Forgotten Songs

31Mar

Europe switches to daylight saving time

ClockThe countries of the European Union have changed to daylight saving time today. That means the time difference is now one hour less than what is was yesterday. Between the UK and Sydney or Melbourne for example, the difference is now 10 hours and between Germany and Sydney or Melbourne it is now 9 hours.

To find out the time difference for other places in Australia, take a look at the article about time zones and daylight saving in Australia.

 

12Mar

Major updates released

Over the past few days I have completed some major updated to the site which I am now releasing to the public. Apart from updates in the backend which make handling content easier, the follwing updates are affecting the look and feel of the website for my readers:

Read more: Major updates released

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

Loney Planet: Country Guide Australia

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