They say good things come to those who wait, and this week Australia's epic Pitch Drop experiment saw its first movement in 13 years.
The Duke of Cambridge has praised Australia for being a "beacon of confidence" as thousands of Australians turned out to greet his family.
A month after David Cameron was ridiculed for tweeting a picture of himself on the phone, Australian PM Tony Abbott has now followed suit.
Prince George, who has been accompanying his parents on their tour across Australia and New Zealand, has received a special gift from the Governor-General.
The young Prince appears delighted with his new cuddly toy, which is said to be a wombat.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby George made a royal visit to the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney, during the second leg of their tour down under.
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe is at a Sydney hospital fighting a "serious" infection and may not swim again competitively, his manager told the Australian Associated Press.
"It's serious but it's not life-threatening," the Australian swimmer's agent James Erskine told the news agency.
"From a competitive point of view - he will not be swimming competitively again I don't think."
Australia's Network Seven earlier reported that Thorpe was in intensive care and could lose the use of his arm.
The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in remote seas off Australia is heading underwater for the first time, with a US Navy high tech "black box" locator deployed as the battery life of the cockpit data recorder dwindles.
Australian authorities said the so-called Towed Pinger Locator will be pulled behind navy ship HMAS Ocean Shield, searching a converging course on a 240 km (150 miles) track with British hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told his Malaysian counterpart that Australia "will continue to get to the bottom" of the missing Flight MH370 "mystery".
Malaysia's Najib Razak met Mr Abbott in Perth to discuss the search effort and thank those crews who have been involved in the hunt for the Malaysian Airlines jet.
"I know that until we find the plane, many families cannot start to grieve. I cannot imagine what they must be going through, but I can promise them that we will not give up," Mr Razak said.
Malaysia's prime minister and his Australian counterpart visited an RAAF base in Perth to thank the crews involved in the search for the missing Flight MH370.
Malaysia's Najib Razak and Tony Abbott said all nations were "fully committed" the search: