Perth

Surf Lifesaver

It’s that time of the week when again I take a look around to see what’s going on elsewhere in Australia. Maybe I look to one of our other cities or, as I did a couple weeks ago, go somewhere much quieter when I took A Look at Rural Australia. This week, the spotlight falls [...]

Robber

Like anywhere else in the world, Queensland, indeed Australia, has crime. We have murders, we have robberies, we have bashings, yes, that’s what we tend to call them here and we have… I know, let’s do a list. 10 serious crimes in Australia: Homicide Assault Sexual assault Robbery Unlawful entry with intent Motor vehicle theft [...]

world

Usually, a score of 4/10 would be regarded as quite poor, a sign of failure. But when your country has 4 out of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, I think we would all agree that’s a massive success. That’s exactly what has happened to 4 Australian cities, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and [...]

bike

*This post may contain World Cup spoilers* Now that Australia have been knocked out of the World Cup and England are hanging on by the very tips of their fingers (or is it toes?) it’s time to return to my ‘cycling to’ series. So far we have been Cycling in Adelaide and through Stromlo Forest [...]

hot

Australia is a hot country, we know that. But even by Australian standards, right now, this place is hot, very hot. Australia is having a heatwave. Everybody seems to be getting a turn, it was only two weeks ago I wrote my post What’s Wrong With Brisbane? If you read that one you will have [...]

Koala

Last Monday in my post called What’s wrong With Brisbane? I spoke about the ridiculously high temperatures we were suffering at the time. I also mentioned that on North Stradbroke Island, one of our favourite places, bushfires were raging in a fire that was started by a lightning strike. I had hoped the storm that passed over [...]

Perth

And so to the bottom three of the 11 most liveable cities in Australia survey. I have to say I’m a little surprised to see Perth in such a lowly position, although I couldn’t tell you why, I’ve not yet visited the western side of Australia. I will, and soon, but until then I will [...]

South Bank

Since I’ve been writing this blog, whenever a new Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey comes out, I have always written about it here. In June 2009 I wrote And the Best City Ever to Live In is…. In February 2010 Australia: Far Too Dangerous and Way Too Livable Then in March 2011 Melbourne Moves Into [...]