Australian TV Shows You Should Watch

Australia has an abundance of TV shows. There are dramas, comedies, family-friendly series, and more, available to those interested in Australian culture, or anyone who enjoys quality television. Here are a few Australian TV shows you should watch – you won’t regret it.

McLeod’s Daughters

This TV series became an instant hit around the world. It features two sisters, who are nothing alike, called Claire and Tess. They are doing their best to protect and run the ranch in the Australian outback with all the difficulties that endeavor entails. There are conflicts within the family, wildlife emergencies, love interests and more.

Though there were several changes to the cast, including the main characters, the show was on air for solid eight seasons, with the final episode aired in 2009. It is still a heartwarming story worth your time.

Summer Heights High

This mini-series is perfect for fans of mockumentaries that can relate to usual high school problems. Chris Lilley is the writer and star of the show set in a fictional school. The show mainly follows an eccentric Director of Performing Arts, a delinquent, and an exchange student. While Summer Heights High doesn’t really exist, the show is filmed at a real school property, and it features real students as well as actors.


“Everybody needs good neighbours”, as the series intro suggests. It is a soap opera that has been on the air for more than 30 years, and it’s easy to see why. Though it is a soap opera, the characters are relatable, as teenagers and adults face difficulties we experience every day.

The story is set in a fictional location called Ramsey Street, Erinsborough. It originally started with three families: the Robinsons, the Ramseys, and the Clarkes. As the show progressed, however, it became necessary to swap families and bring in new ones in order to keep the story fresh.


Sometimes, there is a need for a quality TV show that is educational and makes learning fun for the little ones. Enter Scope, a children’s TV program about science. It is thirty minutes of fast-paced educational action, as the host leads children on a trip to the discovery of things we take for granted, like the food we eat, famous athletes, the technology used around the world, and the infrastructure. In case you want to educate children yourself, the Scope website features video clips and teaching materials.

Play School

There is another educational TV show for kids and this one made it into the Logies’ Hall of Fame for running for more than fifty years. It is a lighthearted program with fun activities, songs, and themes for the week, like dinosaurs, art, games, and so on. The show is aimed at preschoolers and it is a wonderful way to educate your children and protect them from inappropriate TV content.

Four Corners

This is one of those shows where binge-watching will bring you no joy. Four corners is not a sitcom or a drama. It is a documentary program, intertwined with investigative journalism and breaking news. It broadcasted many stories that sparked controversy, like the treatment of Aboriginal Australians in New South Wales, as well as the influence of fossil fuel lobbyists on the climate change policy in Australia. They covered interviews with former members of the Church of Scientology, as well.

Top 5 Famous Fitness Influencers in Australia

The Australians have done a lot in recent years in terms of protecting and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is the competitions, the strong and healthy bodies, or just branding, Australian athletes have been affecting the health of the country, as well as the world, for the better. Today, we are going to talk about the most famous fitness influencers in Australia.

Kayla Itsines

This is a name known to Forbes, as the 27-year old fitness trainer and author has made it her mission to help people sculpt their bodies the way they want to. Her achievements include an ebook series, Bikini Body Guides, as well as an app that helps you plan your meals and workouts, called Sweat with Kayla.

She is one of the wealthiest young people in Australia that has amassed her fortune through hard work and a good business sense. She is also one of the most influential people on the internet, in no small part due to her strong social media presence. She started her career in a gym in Adelaide, and now she’s everyone’s favorite success story.

Emily Skye

Emily Skye is a former model who has shifted her career focus on fitness. She inspires her followers with her workout plan, as well as inspirational messages. Over 14 million people look to Skye for fitness and fashion advice. As a model and beautician, she knows what it takes for you to not only feel good but look good doing it.

Her website features workouts of the day, delicious and nutritional meal plans, motivational messages when you consider quitting and a ton of before-and-after selfies of happy clients. All of this is an enormous upgrade to her humble blog about working out.

Daniel Conn

This is the only man on this list, but don’t let that stop you from checking out his content and advice. Daniel Conn is a model who used to be a professional rugby player. He has worked hard and collaborated with brands like AussieBum and Lenovo in order to promote a lifestyle that nurtures the health of your body and mind.

Michelle Bridges

Michelle has over two decades of experience in personal fitness training, though you would never guess that she was in her forties based on her appearance. She has published over 10 bestselling books in which she tells you how to lose weight and get the body you want. She even cooperated with Ubisoft in creating a video game called Your Shape, where you turn your exercise regime into a fun activity using motion tracking.

Amanda Bisk

Finally, we turn our attention to Amanda Bisk, a former pole-vaulter who dealt with her chronic fatigue by utilizing Yoga. Since she discovered the benefits of Yoga exercises, she has been doing everything in her power to bring that knowledge to the world. She is a qualified Yoga teacher, and you can find her advice, as well as pictures of her and her dog on social media.


Trugo: A Bizarre Sport You’ve Never Heard Of

Trugo is a strange sport, native to Melbourne, Australia, that combines bits and pieces of crochet, golf, hammer, and petanque. It is not one of the most popular sports in the world, but its fans are doing all in their power to make it more mainstream and move it outside of Melbourne.

You might think that Trugo is a brand-new sport since you’ve never heard of it. However, that’s far from the truth, since this sport was invented back in the 1920’s. Even though it’s almost 100 years old, there are still many Melbournians who still don’t know about it.

How Trugo Was Created

Trugo was first invented by Tom Grieves, a Yarraville railwayman and the first president of the Trugo Association.

Namely, certain rubber rings are used inside railway buffers that serve as shock absorbers. One day, Tom Grieves was looking for a way to pass time and decided to hit them around using his mallet. That’s how Trugo was invented.

Trugo remained at the railway stations for years, until railway retirees took it to a local park, where it became available to the public.

Until today, the rules have not changed too much. The length of the court is 30 meters long (the length of the famous Red Rattler trains), and the goal posts are adjusted to the width of the railway tracks.

The so-called catchers are holding a large cloth, or a butterfly net, ready to catch the rubber wheel, which can travel much farther than 30 meters.

Who Plays Trugo

In its early beginnings, Trugo was played only by men. The reason behind this is that most railways employees were men. However, women were accepted later as well and even created their own leagues.

However, women usually have a different way of playing. Men stand backwards to the target and slam on the rubber ring between their legs. Back in the days, women used to wear dresses and skirts, which made it difficult for them to play this way.

Instead, women started playing Trugo in a similar fashion to that of Golf by standing sideways, which earned them a nickname the Sidesweepers. However, today, there are no male and female distinctions and all teams are mixed.

Trugo Today

Today, there are seven active Trugo teams in Melbourne. Many play on courts that are very idyllic and traditional. The courts are carpeted with grass and have wooden pavilions. Pies and beer are also inseparable parts of Trugo, which makes the game even more fun.

There is a special book today that contains the names of people who have hit a maximum number of points, which is 24. That is a very rare occurrence, so such individuals usually quickly become celebrities in the world of this sport.

Australia Reveals New $50 Note

Australia has revealed earlier this month a new $50 banknote and it comes with advanced and improved security features.

This is the widest-circulated banknote in Australia, so the design of the newly-issued note is not much different from the existing one. However, at closer inspection, some important differences can be spotted.

The decision to issue a new $50 note was made, among other things, because the old note was the most prone to counterfeit. That’s why the new banknote has added security features in a bid to make it impossible to forge.

These updated features implemented by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) include a top-to-bottom clear panel and three images along said panel, including a black swan that appears to fly when the note is tilted and a hologram of the Raukkan Church with the number 50 on it which reverses with movement.

Besides the above-mentioned security features, the new $50 note also comes with tactile features – four bumps/dots – to make it easier for visually impaired people to identify it. The raised dots are placed at the top along the edge and help people determine the value of the note by touch. And considering that there are over 300,000 blind and visually-impaired people in Australia, this change is certainly welcome.

Moreover, while the faces on the note remain the same – Australian inventor and author David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan – its size has also changed.

Other features embossed on the new series of notes include a patch that changes color when moved and a microprint with excerpts from Unaipon’s book Tales of the Australian Aborigines and Cowan’s first speech to the parliament of Western Australia.

The message on the new note is handwritten and reads, “As a full-blooded member of my race I think I may claim to be the first – but I hope, not the last – to produce an enduring record of our customs, beliefs and imaginings.”

A native Australian wattle and bird will also appear on the new $50 bill.

“The application of the tactile features to the $50 note is particularly important given that it’s the most widely circulated banknote, with 46 per cent of all banknotes in circulation being the $50 note,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has stated.

“I believe, the implementation of the tactile features would have made David Unaipon and Edith Cowan proud,” he has added.

The new and modified currency is expected to go into circulation on October 18th.

This is not the first tactile note issued in Australia, as in 2016 the $5 bill was issued with similar features, followed by the $10 banknote in 2017. Additionally, updated $20 and $100 notes are also expected to be revealed by RBA in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Betting Advertising Smashes All Records

Betting advertising has defied all predictions and smashed its all-time revenue records. Even though many actions have been taken to curb it, spending on betting ads has reached a whopping number of $282 million.

In Australia, for example, in-play betting was deemed illegal and banned. However, that did not stop a lot of bookmakers to advertise their services during sports matches. As reports show, one in five ads shown during a football match is betting-related. Sometimes, this number goes as high as one out of three ads. Also, the internet has countless offers for esports free bets and other promotions and bonuses.

Betting Advertising Proves Profitable

Betting advertising is proving to be extremely profitable, earning huge money for the betting and gambling industry. Some experts claim this is the result of perfect timing, others say it is the outcome of targeting the weak and vulnerable.

Interestingly enough, betting ads are not seen as frequently during women sports events. These seem to be effective only during the male events, as men are more likely to actually take the corresponding action and place a bet.

During UK football matches, betting advertising is seen in 95% of advertising breaks. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that betting advertising is smashing all records and earning huge profits for the advertisers.

Is Betting Advertising Actually Effective?

This is a question worth answering, as many countries in the world are thinking of imposing new rules and regulations to limit betting ads.

However, the gambling industry reports that these ads have only a “limited impact” on gambling rates. However, the $282 million revenue proves that they are much more effective than that, otherwise, they wouldn’t spend such exorbitant sums of money on it.

Many countries have already decided to stand in the way of betting ads by imposing a regulation stating betting ads can only be shown after 21h. However, there is an exception that allows media companies to air betting ads during sports events, even if they air before the watershed.

We are yet to see how this will impact future revenues. It is highly likely they will suffer greatly, as the biggest portion is shown during matches that take place before the watershed, as was the case during the Football World Cup.

Gambling Advertising Trends

Gambling advertising shows a tendency to grow. For example, in 2016, just shy of $200 million was spent on betting advertising. Just two years later, $80 million dollars were added to that number.

That does not actually surprise since just one ad during a Premiership football match costs around $50,000 dollars

Almost all experts agree that the spending on betting advertisements will surpass $300 million and continue to grow the next year.

However, it remains to be seen what the legislators’ answer will be to this trend, as there are concerns that the pre-watershed exemption means that these ads are also targeting children and young people who are particularly vulnerable.

How Climate Change Affects Oceania

Climate change is becoming an increasingly pressing issue, affecting more and more people in the world. The effects of climate change are noticeable everywhere in the world; however, they are most easily spotted in the coastal areas, such as Oceania.

The ones suffering the most from this man-made phenomenon are coastal communities in Oceania whose homes are being destroyed by rising sea levels and erosion.

Unfortunately, these are not the only changes these people are facing on a day-to-day basis. Let’s take a closer look at the other ones.

Abandoned Homes

Communities who are living on the Pacific coast rim and who have lived there for centuries and generations are being forced out of their homes. For example, on the Torres Strait Islands, 15 communities have been identified as being at risk of rising sea levels. This is alarming, since these are the people who most stick to the rules of nature and for whom the sea is the whole world.

The same thing is happening in Papua New Guinea, where 30-35 communities need to move to a higher ground or completely relocate if they want to save their lives.

Destroyed Food and Fresh Water Sources

The oceans, including their volume, temperature, and chemistry are changing. The sea is becoming hotter and hotter, which is unpleasant both for marine life and for people. The locals are reporting that there are less and less fish, and the ones they manage to catch are not good to eat. Dead fish washing up on the shores is becoming a regular occurrence.

Irresponsible land use that does not care for the environment and the local communities is causing people to the very edge of survival. The actions that are affecting the sea and the communities in Oceania the most are oil and gas production, sea-bed mining, logging, and palm oil plantations.

What Can Be Done to Remedy the Situation

There are numerous organizations throughout Oceania who are trying to help people deal with the changes they are experiencing. For instance, these organizations teach communities in Samoa and Tonga how to maintain sustainable fishing practices and how to prepare for the prolonged droughts or extreme rainfall that they will surely soon experience.

Many communities are building stronger houses and installing wind turbines and solar panels to prepare for the oncoming issues. However, this all might be in vain if the rest of the world does not change their practices and standpoint on life as well.