All shook up: How Elvis keeps an Aussie outback town alive

Once a year Parkes, a sleepy mining town in rural Australia, explodes into colour and song — a veritable Graceland in the outback hosting a five-day extravaganza to celebrate ‘the King’.

Aussie zoo animals try to beat the heat

Sea lions eating frozen ‘fishcicles’, echidnas munching on frozen food treats, elephants enjoying a swim and giraffes drinking cool water. These are some of the ways animals at a Sydney zoo are trying to keep cool amid a severe heatwave in Australia.

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Rumble in the Outback: Aussie boxing troupe keeps on swinging

Fred Brophy runs a boxing troupe — the last in Australia and one of the few left worldwide — travelling to outback towns where someone’s always up for a fight. Back in the 1930s to 1950s, such tents were a fixture at country fairs and agricultural shows in the major cities but health and safety concerns led most states and territories to ban the travelling show, apart from Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

Australian school children lead thousands of demonstrators nationwide calling for a halt on plans for Indian mining firm Adani to construct a controversial coal mine in the country’s northeast.

Aussie kids skip school for mass climate protest

Thousands of Australian students skip school to join nationwide protests demanding government action on climate change.

Piglet – Games (Mako Remix)

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Australian newcomer label Subsine Records returns with Mako’s rework of ‘Games’ by Aussie producer Piglet, featured on the label’s debut release.

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Crikey, mate! Aussie cop’s beat is size of UK

Being the only policeman in an area the size of Britain might be daunting for some, but not for Senior Constable Stephan Pursell. The easy-going 53-year-old runs a modest police station in the equally modest town of Birdsville, making him the law across a vast swathe of outback Australia.

Usain Bolt takes on football as he trains with Aussie team

Usain Bolt takes the first tentative steps towards his Manchester United dream after the sprint king joins Australian side Central Coast Mariners for his first training session.