Australia kicks off Lunar New Year Festival

The Sydney harbour bridge turns red and fireworks blast over the Opera House as hundreds of people brave the rain to kick off Lunar New Year celebrations. Sydney’s annual Lunar Festival is expected to draw more than 1.3 million people with festivities running until February 10.

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.

Elvis Express: fans rock n’ roll their way to outback festival

Elvis Presley may have “left the building” four decades ago, but his spirit is alive and well at Sydney’s main station, as hundreds of flamboyant fans board trains to an outback festival celebrating their idol.

Sydney cars pummelled by hail the size of tennis balls

A series of lightning and hailstorms in Sydney pummelled cars with ice blocks the size of tennis balls. The authorities issued a severe storm warning, but that was not enough to prevent damage that is already running into the tens of millions of dollars.

Refugees ditch Australia’s overcrowded cities to live in outback

A growing number of refugees and migrants to Australia opt to live in the outback rather than among the bright lights, hustle-bustle and astronomical prices of Sydney or Melbourne.

Prince Harry and Meghan pay respects at ANZAC war memorial

British Royals Harry and Meghan attend the opening of an upgraded war memorial in Sydney for the latest stop of their Australian tour.

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Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands Friday as they hit Sydney’s famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their Australian tour.

Harry and Meghan visit the outback Australian town of Dubbo

British royals Harry and Meghan visit the outback Australian town of Dubbo. They began a 16-day Pacific tour on Monday, landing in Sydney and almost immediately announcing the duchess’ pregnancy. IMAGES