Entertainment

The Best Aussie Throwbacks on Netflix Right Now

Rack off.

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If you’re in the mood to tell COVID to “rack off” and go back to a simpler time, do we have a treat for you. Right now, Netflix is a vintage Australian TV hub with a slew of Aussie throwbacks hitting the service this month. 

Revisit the coming-of-age comedy-dramas of Puberty Blues and Heartbreak High that had you crushing in your bedroom to boys in board shorts, or sing along to the catchy tune of your childhood as the Round the Twist credits roll. 

And if you’re not familiar with these Aussie favourites, then It’s the perfect time to educate yourself and get excited about the upcoming reboot of Heartbreak High

Below is a guide to get you started down memory lane.

New to Netflix Australia

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Network Ten

The Secret Life of Us: Seasons 1 – 4 

A group of 20-somethings sharing the same Melbourne apartment complex juggle friendships, career ambitions, romantic endeavors and personal crises.

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Network Ten

Puberty Blues: Seasons 1 – 2 

In the 1970s, inseparable teens Sue and Debbie try to join a popular crew and learn to deal with growing pains.

The Best Aussie Throwbacks On Netflix

Limelight Productions

Puberty Blues (film) 

Determined to become popular, two teenage girls delve into a world of casual sex, drugs and parties untl they realise they want more from life.

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Roadshow Entertainment

Cosi

An unemployed director jumps at the chance to stage Mozart’s opera, but for one small detail — his actors are residents of a psychiatric hospital.

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Cannon Films

A Cry in the Dark

An Australian woman finds herself under suspicion of murder after her infant daughter is carried off by a dingo during a family camping trip. A devastating story with a spectacular cast including Meryl Streep and Sam Neill. 

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 Ronald Grant Archive 

Shine

Troubled virtuoso David Helfgott triumphs over a domineering father, schizophrenia and an obsession with Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.”

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Roadshow Entertainment

The Dish

An Australian village is thrust into the spotlight when NASA uses its satellite radio dish to serve as a backup transmitter for the 1969 moon mission.

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Round the Twist: Seasons 1 – 4

Tony Twist and his three children move to a remote lighthouse on the Australian coast only to discover that it’s haunted by a number of ghosts.

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Offspring: Seasons 1 – 7

Newly divorced obstetrician Nina Proudman juggles work in a large hospital, new loves and the unusual life choices of her quirky family.

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Heartbreak High: Seasons 1 – 7

A crash course on the turbulence of being a teen is always on the schedule for the students at Hartley High School in this 1990s series set in Sydney.

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Nine Network

Spellbinder: Seasons 1 – 2

A science-loving teen lands in a parallel world where magic reigns. But to get home, he must team up with new friends and escape the evil powers that be.

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ABC TV

Frontline: Seasons 1 – 3

Three offbeat news anchors and their hard-nosed producers are here to bring you the latest news – if they don’t kill each other first.

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ABC TV

Kath and Kim: Seasons 1 – 4

As Kath prepares to wed fine-meats purveyor Kel, her daughter Kim moves back home after becoming disillusioned with her two-month marriage to Brett.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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