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.
Melbourne Zoo has named its new Asian elephant Man Jai, meaning 'confident' in Thai.
Now seven weeks old, the male elephant calf is the fourth baby elephant to be born at the zoo.
His keepers say he is already showing signs that he will be a leader in the herd.
Smoking in cars that are carrying children has already been banned in some states of Canada, Australia and the US and the whole of South Africa.
Canada's Cancer Advisory Coalition claims the states' bans on smoking in cars have reduced children's exposure to second-hand smoke by 33%.
A teenage boy was forced to take the controls of a light aircraft after the pilot lost consciousness just minutes after taking off in rural Australia, the Associated Press reports.
Troy Jenkins, 19, flew circles above the airstrip in Forbes, New South Wales for around 45 minutes before the pilot came round and was able to help him land the plane.
"Keeping it up wasn't a problem, it was the landing part I wasn't sure of," Jenkins is quoted as saying. "I thought I had to save myself and him. It was quite an experience."
The pilot and Jenkins' family friend, Derek Neville, was taken to hospital on Saturday where doctors have not yet diagnosed what caused him to faint.
England's much-maligned cricketers finally have reason for small cheer after the one day international (ODI) team recorded a rare victory to avoid another embarrassing whitewash on their tour of Australia.
Alastair Cook's side went into the game in Perth 3-0 down to Australia in the already surrendered five-game ODI series, which followed the 5-0 Ashes humbling of the Test team.
But the tourists finally outplayed their hosts, hitting 316-8 before bowling Australia out for 259 to claim a 57-run win.
A blistering heatwave in Australia has made some people take out their cameras to show how hot it is getting.
Motion graphic designer Evan Stainsby decided to film a piece of chocolate melting outside south Melbourne. It took just under three minutes for the sweet treat to turn into a puddle of chocolatey goo in 42 C heat.
Play had to be suspended at the Australian Open on Thursday due to the heatwave.
Following an earlier suspension of play due to extreme heat, the tennis was further interrupted later in the day by heavy rainfall.
Reuters photographer Brandon Malone captured a lightning bolt appearing in the Melbourne skyline while Michal Przysiezny played Stephane Robert played on an outdoor court.
Play has currently resumed on the covered showcourts for the evening session. Andy Murray's second round match has been delayed.
Temperatures in Melbourne are so hot that an egg has been pictured frying on court at the Australian Open tennis tournament.
Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise tweeted this photograph:
Forecasters suggested temperatures could hit 44C on Thursday and Friday.
The suspension of the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne following two days of soaring will cause severe disruption to in ad schedule of 32 singles matches as well as doubles.
– Tournament statement
The Australian Open extreme heat policy has been implemented," said a statement.
The roof on Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena will be closed at the end of the set. Play will be suspended at the end of the set on all outside courts until further notice.
Temperatures could go as high as 44C according to forecast and remain high on Friday.
The organisers of the Australian Tennis Open have suspended play amid extreme heat as temperatures soared to 42C, according to AFP.
The news agency reported that players would have to complete their current sets at 6am GMT on the outside courts and the roof would be closed on centre and second courts