Skip To Content

    This Is What Australia Looked Like 10 Years Ago

    Summer Heights High was released 10 whole years ago!

    1. Happy Feet won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

    Roadshow Films

    2. Natalie Gauci won Australian Idol, with Matt Corby the runner-up.

    Don Arnold / WireImage

    3. Summer Heights High made its debut.

    4. The Bra Boys documentary was released.

    Hopscotch Productions

    5. And the Playstation 3 hit Aussie stores.

    Creative Commons / wikipedia.org / Via en.wikipedia.org

    6. John Howard started the year as prime minister, before Kevin Rudd took over in December.

    Alan Porritt / AAPIMAGE

    7. Andrew Johns announced his retirement from the NRL.

    Corey Davis / Getty Images

    8. Melbourne Storm defeated the Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL grand final.

    Mark Nolan / Getty Images

    9. While Geelong beat Port Adelaide in the AFL grand final.

    Mark Dadswell / Getty Images

    10. Ben Cousins was banned from playing AFL for 12 months after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

    Kristian Dowling / Getty Images

    11. Cadel Evans came second in the Tour De France.

    Friedemann Vogel / Getty Images

    12. "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie topped the Aria charts for the year.

    Interscope

    13. Silverchair made a comeback with "Straight Lines", and were the only Aussie artists to enter the Aria charts top 10 singles of the year.

    Eleven

    14. They also won album of the year for Young Modern at the Aria awards.

    Don Arnold / WireImage

    15. Operator Please released "Just A Song About Ping Pong".

    EMI

    16. And The Veronicas released "Untouched".

    Warner

    17. Tool, Muse, The Killers, and Jet headlined Big Day Out.

    Martin Philbey / Redferns

    18. The Triple J Hottest 100 saw three Aussie artists make the top 5.

    abc.net.au

    UK band Muse took out the top spot with "Knights of Cydonia", but Silverchair came in second with "Straight Lines", while John Butler Trio and Faker took out the fourth and fifth spots.

    19. And Snoop Dogg was set to co-host the Australian MTV Awards, but the Department of Immigration cancelled his visa.

    Peter Pakvis / Redferns

    Want more of the greatest Australian content BuzzFeed has to offer? Sign up for our “Meanwhile in Australia” newsletter!



    If you can't see the signup box above, just go here to sign up for BuzzFeed's "Meanwhile in Australia" newsletter!