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.
A 63-year-old woman died in a shark attack as she swam off a popular beach on the east coast of Australia.
A seven-tonne giant mango that forms part of Australia's iconic "big" landmarks has been picked off and stolen by thieves.
The 10m-high fibreglass Big Mango, which has attracted tourists to the north-eastern town of Bowen for more than a decade, was unbolted and prised from its concrete platform overnight.
Police said CCTV filmed an unmarked mobile crane being driven towards the site around 2:00am local time and officers later found large tyre marks near the scene.
The Big Mango was erected in 2002 to mark the north Queensland town as the capital of Australia's mango production.
Former Australia's Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson has been found dead in her Sydney home in an apparent suicide, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 47-year-old television personality is reported to have battled depression. Speaking in September 2012 on SunriseOn7, about an alleged bullying campaign against her, she said: "They got to me. They got the better of me. And they won. Even big old tough Charlotte can be punched down too".
Actor Russell Crowe, a neighbour, was spotted weeping after learning of Dawson's death.
In a statement on the Australia's Next Top Model Facebook page, TV network Foxtel said: "This is tragic news and deeply sad. Everyone at Foxtel is devastated. Our sympathies are with Charlotte's family and friends."
Born in New Zealand, Dawson became a model in Europe and New York at the age of 16. She settled in Australia in her late 20s, continuing to work as a model and then becoming a popular TV personality in Australia and New Zealand.
A British tourist has been charged with the theft of a rare pink diamond worth 250,000 Australian dollars.
The Cairns Post said Matthew Osborne appeared at Cairns Magistrates' Court accused of snatching the Argyle stone from a shop in the northern Australian city last Saturday.
Australian police have charged a man with indecently assaulting a star of the hit US TV comedy Modern Family, Sarah Hyland, in Sydney.
The 23-year-old was at an event for cast members at a Sydney hotel on Thursday night when she was allegedly groped on the chest by a man who had asked her to pose for a photograph, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
New South Wales state police said in a statement on Friday that a 29-year-old man had been charged with assault with an act of indecency, following the alleged incident.
The unnamed man was freed on bail to appear in a Sydney court on March 14.
Hyland, who plays teenager Haley Dunphy, left the Qantas Airways-sponsored event early, tweeting: "Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn't get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan."
Parts of southern Australia were under threat of a severe wildfire, with Victoria State facing its worst conditions in nearly five years, according to the Associated Press.
Emergency warnings were declared for nine blazes that were burning out of control in Victoria State, where homes were lost near Gisbourne.
Weather temperatures were tipped to reach 40 C (104 F) on Sunday.
Ian Thorpe believed he was sitting in his friend's car when he was picked up by police, according to his manager .
"The owner of the car basically called the police and the police came," he said. "They realised it was Ian Thorpe. They realised he was disoriented."
Mr Erskine said Thorpe, 31, had been taking antidepressants and medication for his shoulder but denied that he had been drinking alcohol."He hadn't had a drink," he said. "He had zero alcohol in him."
Police said no official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated.Thorpe, who lives in Switzerland, has been staying with his parents over Christmas.
Mr Erskine's admission that Thorpe is in rehab comes only days after his management company denied reports that he checked into a rehab facility while fighting depression and alcohol abuse.
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab after being found disoriented in the street by police in the early hours of today.
Thorpe was affected by a combination of antidepressants and the painkillers he was taking for a shoulder injury, according to his manager James Erskine.
Police spoke to Thorpe after residents near his parents' home in Panania in Sydney's south west reported a man allegedly breaking into a van. He was taken to Sydney's Bankstown Hospital for assessment and was later transferred to a rehab facility.
Mr Erskine said: "He is in rehab for depression."