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37 Most Astonishing Photos From Australia In 2016

It's been a looooooooooooooooooooooooong year.

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Sydney kicked off 2016 with its usual spectacle on the harbour. Police commended the 1.6 million revellers for their exceptional behaviour, saying they'd only made 30 arrests.

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An Indigenous artist performs the WugulOra morning ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve on Australia Day.

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Locals watch as a helicopter known as Elvis drops water to battle a large tyre fire in Melbourne suburb Broadmeadows.

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A view of the reef at Lizard Island, the "ground zero" of a mass bleaching event that has killed an estimated 22 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef's coral.

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Participants march in the 38th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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A large crowd outside the Sydney Opera House joins the global Pokemon Go frenzy.

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Tasmanians wake up at the crack of dawn to participate in the Nude Solstice Swim as part of Hobart’s winter festival Dark Mofo.

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Gable Tostee takes a moment after jurors found him not guilty of killing Warriena Wright, a New Zealand tourist he met on the Gold Coast through Tinder.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for a press conference in the early hours of July 3, only to announce that the election result is still in the balance.

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The Veronicas perform on stage during the 30th Annual ARIA Awards in Sydney.

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A local powers through his daily run over a flooded South Esk River as a storm hits Launceston and other parts of Tasmania.

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Pedestrians in Melbourne CBD appear unfazed by the blow of autumn leaves as wind gusts of up to 100km per hour hit the city.

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A koala seeks refuge from South Australian floods by climbing up a fence.

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An aerial view of the bushfires threatening homes in the western Sydney suburb of Llandilo.

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A residential swimming pool collapses as the ground erodes after torrential rains in Sydney's northern beaches.

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A double rainbow is seen over Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta National Park as rains clear.

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Shadow casting on minister for immigration Peter Dutton as he fronts the media to talk about Hodan Yasi, a refugee who set herself on fire on Nauru.

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First term senator and Labor shadow assistant minister for Indigenous affairs Pat Dodson attends a meeting of the shadow ministry at Parliament House in Canberra.

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Agnes Prest from the Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance interrupts prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's speech at a luncheon in Melbourne.

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Australian senator and leader of the One Nation party, Pauline Hanson, floats over the waters of the Great Barrier Reef near Great Keppel Island in Queensland.

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Young men are seen atop a police van as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal protesters gather outside a courthouse to await a 55-year-old who was charged with the manslaughter of 14-year-old Aboriginal boy Elijah Doughty.

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Revellers celebrate in true Deni Ute Muster style in Deniliquin.

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Members of an anti-fascism group set Australian flags on fire as they clash with rival groups in Melbourne.

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A giant mural depicting Kim Kardashian's naked bathroom selfie is seen in Melbourne. It was later defaced with graffiti tagging.

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Visitors lay flowers at Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast a day after four people were killed on a ride.

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One hundred and ninety one pairs of shoes sit on Bondi Beach at sunrise to pay tribute to Australian men who died by suicide.

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Crowds look on as the supermoon rises at Monument Hill in Fremantle.

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A fish is seen trapped inside a jellyfish off the coast of Byron Bay.

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A koala at Symbio Zoo climbs up a branch during a clear night.

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Seagulls hover over racegoers at the conclusion of the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

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A black cat joins in the fun on the pitch during the round 18 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks in Sydney.

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire takes part in the Big Freeze ice slide challenge fundraising event for Motor Neurone Disease. He was later embroiled in a controversy over "drowning" comments made regarding journalist Caroline Wilson.

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French tennis star Gael Monfils goes completely horizontal for a forehand during his fourth round match against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne.

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American skier Kaitlyn Harrell appears suspended in the air as she competes at the Australian Freestyle Mogul Championship in Perisher.

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Athletes from Australia's 2016 Olympic team present their uniforms at an official unveiling ceremony at Bondi Beach.

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A vibrant sunset is seen over Canberra's Manuka Oval as Pat Cummins fields on the boundary during game two of the one-day international series between Australia and New Zealand.

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Fans dressed in suits, grey wigs, and holding a sportscaster's microphone farewell the late cricket player and commentator Richie Benaud during the third cricket test between Australia and the West Indies in Sydney.


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Anna Mendoza is a photo editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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