Australian most famous celebs

Australian most famous celebs

They are a mix of good looks, nice accents and mostly worldclass talent, which have propelled their careers in Hollywood and worldwide. Here are the most famous celebs from Australia.

First and foremost, Hugh Jackman. This heartthrob became famous for his portrayal of Wolverine in seven X-Men movies. However, that is not his best work compared to his incredible performances. Some people believe his most brilliant work has been as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Jackman was born in Sydney and started to focus on his career as an actor when he was 22.

Portia De Rossi became famous with her roles on Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Better Off Ted and Nip/Tuck. Also many people know her as Ellen DeGeneres's wife, whom she's been married to since 2008. Portia was born in Horsham and raised in Grovedale before moving to the US in her early 20s.

Although Nicole Kidman was actually born in Hawaii, that was only during a temporary stay that her parents were undertaking in the United States. Kidman returned to Australia when she was 4. Later on in life, she made her way back to the US and performed in Days of Thunder in 1990 where she met her first husband Tom Cruise. She is also famous for her work in Moulin Rouge and The Hours.

Even though Cate Blanchett lives in Hollywood, she was born and bred in Melbourne and still considers Australia her home. She become worldwide famous with her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I of England in Elizabeth, as well as Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings. Since then, she has been starring in big-name blockbusters.

Mel Gibson is a different case. He was born in a small town in New York, but he considers Australia his true home where he moved to when he was 12. He moved to Sydney at that age, also his mother's birthplace. In his early 20s, Gibson had his big break in the Australian post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max, and later moved to Hollywood to become one of America's biggest names.

Russel Crowe is another actor that was born offshore. He is actually a New Zealander but moved to Sydney when he was only 4 years old. After reaching a peak in his music career in Australia and New Zealand, Crowe moved to Hollywood to pursue bigger roles. Crowe become worldwide famous with his starring role in Gladiator.

Even though Rose Byrne had previously acted in secondary roles, she has only become Hollywood famous relatively recently. She has starred in numerous blockusters like Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class, and Neighbors. Born and bred in Sydney, she has recently filmed a comedy Spy along another famous actress Melissa McCarthy.

No more selfies

No more selfies

The Wedding Cake Rock formation in the Royal National Park is one of the most beloved places to take a selfie in Australia. From handstands, selfies and couple shots, the peculiar land formation has become a popular setting to snap a daring photo.

Unfortunately, there are visible fractures observed in the formation. Therefore, the country's National Parks and Wildlife Service has warned visitors to stay away from the beloved attraction located along Sydney's Royal Coast Walk.

A recently completed geotechnical assessment of the formation's condition shows that the rock is "precariously balancing on the edge of the cliff and severely undercut," according to an NPWS news release. Accordingly, the entire rock formation could collapse anytime within a decade.

"We have now received the results and the report is clear -- standing on the rock platform risks a truly tragic outcome," said Gary Dunnett of the NPWS in New South Wales.

"We will now take action to create a new and safer way to allows visitors to take in the beauty of the site without compromising their safety," said Dunnett.

"This will likely mean a new viewing platform further back from the edge that will allow people to safely take those incredible shots of the rock formation that have become internationally recognizable. This is not about closing the site, it is about making it a safe place to visit and enjoy the view."

People have taken to social media and have linked the closure to the recent interest of the rock, encouraging daredevils to take risky photos near the edge. In 2014, a 23-year-old university student fell to his death from the rock. According to the Sydney Morning Herald "he was believed to be hanging from the edge when the soft rock crumbled."

According to park officials, the fractures are part of a natural process; however, they emphasize that visitors shouldn't go near cliff edges.

"The fractures on the rock could date back hundreds and potentially thousands of years," a spokesperson for the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage stated. It's part of the normal process of rocks being worn over time by the elements and a result of the rock geology. All visitors to national parks or other coastal headlands are warned to stay well away from cliff edges."

Despite the warning messages, visitors to the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, are continuing to risk their lives for an Instagram worthy photo. However, authorities have had enough. Therefore, from now on, park rangers will have the authority to issue on-the-spot fines of at least $300 for sightseers who ignore the warning signs, jump the fence and risk their lives for a picture.

Regional manager of Metro Southwest National Parks and Wildlife Service, Gary Dunnett, said daredevils believe the rock to be solid and safe, but the reality is that the formation is at great risk of crumbling into the sea below.

People look at this pure white rock, and they think it's as stable as concrete, Mr Dunnett said. But the white appearance is because oxides and other contaminants that are usually in the stone matrix are bleached out of it, and the result is that the rock is much more fragile than other coastal cliff lines.

He continued: People who stand on the edge of any rock or cliff face are putting themselves at peril. But Wedding Cake Rock could collapse when people are standing many metres from the edge.

Mr Dunnett said they hoped fines will deter people from risking their lives.

We put in warning signs, and even a new solid fence two months ago. But because it's so sturdy, people are using it to climb over and access the rock, he said.

We have seen on social media, people are posing next to the warning signs before they hop over the fence and take a photo on the edge. We will issue penalty notices of $300 for people who ignore the signage. Our expectation is that by issuing an amount of penalty notices, we are hoping to send a shock wave through social media, which is the same medium that started attracting people getting these photos in the first place.

But we don't want to discourage people from visiting.

Biggest Selfie in Australia

Biggest Selfie in Australia

Since it was Australians who invented selfies, it was to be expected they would be the ones to come up with the biggest selfies.

Everyone likes to take selfies, and if you are travelling it is somehow awkward to ask people to take your photo. The problem with selfies, though, is that it's hard to see past the beaming face of the selfie-taker.

That is why Tourism Australia has come with a new service for taking selfies in which the self is just one part of an epic widescreen landscape. There are no selfie sticks involves, so how did they do this? Giga Selfie, billed as the world's biggest selfie service, uses a super high definition camera and mobile technology to take photos big enough to suit egos of all shapes and sizes.

The fist place this app was launched was in Gold Coast, as it is a holiday destination and hot spot where travellers like to take selfies.

So how does this work? Well travellers using the service stand on a designated spot on the beach and use a Giga Selfie app - only available on that day, on that spot - on their smartphone devised to trigger a distant camera.

A huge selfie is then emailed to them as a short video clip which starts as a close-up of their face and zooms out to reveal the surrounding scenery.

The cheeky project is a part of a campaign to attract a younger and social media savvy Japanese consumer.

Gold Coast is one of the most popular and visited Australian destinations amongst the Japanese, Leo Seaton, TA's general manager in media and communications. The beaches also provide an iconic backdrop for something like this.

The campaign is focused on Australia's aquatic and coastal experiences.

TA's managing director John O'Sullivan says Japan is key market for Australia's tourism sector, with Japanese visitors contributing $980 million annually.

However, this app is not expected to foster a big selfie frenzie as the special camera and lens - 100 times more powerful than typical photo gear - is only capable of snapping 10 giant shots per hour.

Given the costs and logistics of the service, it is only scheduled for deployment in the Gold Coast, even though the promotional video includes multiple spots around Australia.

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia

Have you ever imagined admiring an exhibition by a well-known American completely naked? So picture you are admiring his life's work while you have no clothes on and everyone around you is also naked.

A bunch of ordinary people completely naked around the gallery and you being one of them is what lies ahead if you attend one of the naked tours of the James Turrell: A Retrospective exhibition at Camberra's National Gallery of Australia.

100 uninhibited art fans take part in the National Gallery of Australia's first ever naked art tour. The exhibition is called James Turrell: A Retrospective.

The exhibition highlights the 70-year old American light artist's 50 years of work and includes installations purpose-built for Canberra. as well as drawings, prints and photographs.

You don't have to be naked to view the show. The naked tours take place after hours on three days only. However, it looks like many people are not afraid to strip down as both tours are already fully booked.

When visiting Canberra, Turrell previous had encouraged the gallery to allow visitors to experience his works naked. And he had done the same in Japan.

We drink light through the skin as Vitamin D... so we are literally light eaters, said Turrell. It's part of our diet.

The naked tours are in close collaboration with Melbourne-based artist Stuart Ringholt, who has had similar encounters at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art and Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art.

Ringholt's work regularly explores personal and social themes such as fear and embarrassment through ridiculous situations or novice self-help environments - and these include nude gallery tours.

It seems absurd to bring a bunch of beautifully dressed people into the gallery when we can bring in a bunch of nude people, said Ringholt.

We seem to forget the nude is really important to art history. The museum in itself is reductive - we have the idea of the white cube but why have we then reduced the viewer through their clothing?

Apart from Japan and Australia, similar tours have been hosted at other galleries worldwide. For instance, in 2013, in Viella, Austria's Leopold museum offered a special after-hours showing of its Nude Men from 1800 to the Present Day exhibit, which welcomed more than 60 naked art lovers.