australia

Aussie Architects Want To Build A Surf Park In Melbourne That Floats In The Ocean

Australia is home to some of the best surfing in the world, but at least a few surfer-slash-designers aren’t content to leave their city to find great waves — so they’re proposing an urban “surf park” right in the Melbourne’s harbour.


That Time Two Americans Won A Contest To Build Utopia In Australia

Eleri Harris has a new comic on Medium about the utopian plan for Australia’s capital city of Canberra. Two idealistic American architects, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin, won a competition to design what they believed could be the greatest planned city in the history of the world.


IKEA Showrooms Are Being Listed On Australian Airbnb

Most kids want to stay overnight at the museum. But certain weirdos, like me, always wanted to sleep over at IKEA, amongst the endless rows of futons and 99 cent Swedish doo-dads. Now, we’re getting our chance, thanks to an Airbnb promo with IKEA in Australia that will rent out beds overnight.


This Is How You Talk Australian (NSFW)

Australia certainly has a rich vernacular, though one close to indecipherable to anyone outside the country. Fortunately, when it comes to language, we don’t take ourselves that seriously — in fact, we take pleasure in having a microscope put it its more ridiculous aspects — so I’m sure you’ll get a few laughs from this video parodying Australian phrases and concepts… from the perspective of a training college for Indian call centre employees. Features NSFW language.


Perth Commuters Tilt And Lift Train Car To Free Trapped Man

A group of commuters freed a man trapped between the platform and a train car in Perth by pushing the train car and lifting the carriage enough for his leg to get out. Thankfully, the train’s shock absorbers were flexible enough to allow it as the chassis and wheels stayed on the tracks.


This Australian Video Is A Satirical Glimpse Of Earth's Dystopian Future

Video: Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they’re during a nuclear winter.


Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passes First Big Test At Australia-Spain World Cup Match

Tiresome airport security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real-world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil, last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the Socceroos.


Australia Is One Of The Worst Places On Reddit

If you’ve ever been onto the r/australia subreddit, you know that it’s mostly ranting about the National Broadband Network, the government and its various shortcomings and other rubbish going on around the country. According to new analysis of sentiment on Reddit, r/australia is one of the unfriendliest places to browse and comment.


The Aus-Korea Free Trade Agreement Could Sink iiNet's Piracy Ruling

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) aims to open up commerce between Australia and its third largest trading partner, removing tariffs on the export of wheat, sugar, wine and other commodities. There’s a sticking point, though; Korea wants our Copyright Act amended to compel ISPs to prevent piracy, and iiNet’s landmark piracy trial ruling canceled out.


Netflix: We Have No Plans For Australia...Yet

Rumours continue to swirl over the potential availability of Netflix in Australia, but the low-cost streaming service has told us today that it still has nothing scheduled.