SIDNEY, AU. (THECOUNT) — Recent rainfall over parts of eastern Australia did little to extinguish the flames as the country experiences major bushfires just ahead of worsening conditions and a heatwave due to arrive in the coming days.

With all of the devastating fire drama going on in the AU, it made us think about those celebrities with connections to the country. Mainly those who immigrated to Australia or just decided to move there.


Musician Gotye was 2-years-old when he and his family moved to Sydney, eventually settling in Melbourne.

ACDC Bon Scott and his family moved to Melbourne when the would-be AC/DC lead singer was 3-years-old. Scott passed away in London at the age of 33 in 1980.

Olivia Newton-John was six-years-old when she and her family moved to Melbourne from England.

Naomi Watts and her family moved from England to Sydney when the future actress was 14-years-old.

New Zealander Russell Crowe and his family moved to Australia when he was four-years-old.

Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, U.S. on January 3, 1956. He was 12-years-old when he and his family moved to Sydney.

And finally, Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea was seven-years-old when he and his family departed Australia and emigrated to New York state. Matt Damon moved to Byron Bay, Australia, with his family in March, but moved to back to the U.S. after only four months.

Approximately 70 bushfires continue to rage throughout New South Wales, despite modest rainfall over Christmas in some fire-affected parts of the state, firefighters continued to battle a large blaze in South Australia on Boxing Day.

Geo quick facts: Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area – Wikipedia. Source.

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