Published: 19:46 EST, 26 December 2017 | Updated: 19:46 EST, 26 December 2017
They've created headlines, thanks to sharing snippets of their everyday life to Instagram.
And as 2017 comes to an end, Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at the stars' most-liked posts throughout the year.
From Hugh Jackman (pictured right) dining with Sir Patrick Stewart (pictured left) to Margot Robbie supporting marriage equality and Lisa Wilkinson celebrating her vow renewal: The stars' most-liked Instagram snaps of 2017
Hugh Jackman, 49, delighted his 15.4 million fans, when he was seen dining with Sir Patrick Stewart, 77, whom he starred with in this year's film Logan.
The Greatest Showman actor captioned the snap, that garnered 1,172,294 likes on December first: 'Father and son reunion,' alongside the hash-tags #Logan #Charles and #wolverine.
Thor star Chris Hemsworth, 34, shared an adorable photo on November 8, that saw him dressed in his iconic superhero outfit, alongside one of his three-year-old twin sons.
Superhero appeal: Thor star Chris Hemsworth, 34, shared an adorable photo on November 8, that saw him dressed in his iconic superhero outfit, alongside one of his three-year-old twin sons. The post attracted 1,526,042 likes
For a great cause: Former Neighbours actress Margot Robbie, 27, shared her support in the same-sex marriage campaign, with her post collecting 1,505,613 likes on August 15
Fashion-forward: Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, 31, showed off her signature edgy style in a photo attracting 887,438 likes on August 14
Booty-ful: Rapper Iggy Azalea, 27, flaunted her famously curvaceous derrière on November 20, while standing side-on to the camera, in front of a Range Rover in the States. The image that saw 676,227 people hitting like, was simply captioned with a winking face emoji
The image that saw Chris' youngster wearing a star-patterned cape, attracted 1,526,072 likes and was captioned 'The passing of the torch,' alongside the hash-tag #thorragnarok.
Former Neighbours actress Margot Robbie, 27, shared her support in the same-sex marriage campaign, with her post collecting 1,505,613 likes on August 15.
The blonde beauty, sporting a rainbow-striped sweater and tinted heart-shaped sunglasses, was captioned: 'LOVE IS LOVE any Aussie's living overseas like me, register here to vote before August 24th,' with the hash-tags #marriageequality and #australia.
Hitting the right note: November six saw comedian Rebel Wilson, 37, attracting 348,797 likes for a promotional poster of film Pitch Perfect 3
Assets: Instagram model Pia Muehlenbeck, 26, flaunted her ample cleavage in a skimpy black bikini on November 14, to earn herself 152,347 likes
Riding the waves: Bikini blogger Natasha Oakley won over 73,276 Instagram users when she went skinny dipping on August 23
Love helps: Sophie Monk, 38, delighted followers when she posted a promotional photo on October 26, of herself and her chosen Bachelorette beau, Stu Laundy, 44. The image that saw the blonde gain 92,158 likes was captioned 'Finally WE can walk down the street and go to the supermarket'
Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, 31, showed off her signature edgy style in a photo attracting 887,438 likes on August 14.
Ruby donned a slim-fitting white T-shirt that revealed some of her arm tattoos, teamed with distressed black cut-off denim shorts that highlighted her trim pins.
Rapper Iggy Azalea, 27, flaunted her famously curvaceous derrière on November 20, while standing side-on to the camera, in front of a Range Rover in the States.
Soap star: December 18, saw Pia Miller, 34, attract 60,758 likes with an on-set picture of herself as Home And Away's Katarina Chapman
Model looks: Shanina Shaik's model figure on November 18, earned the 26-year-old 55,057 likes
Page-turner: Model Nicole Trunfio, 31, shared a photo of herself breastfeeding son Zion on the cover of Elle Australia on July 8, that attracted 54,229 likes
Household name: October seven saw former Today show co-host Lisa Wilkinson, 58, post a picture from her vow renewal ceremony with husband Peter FitzSimons, that collected 45,911 likes
The image that saw 676,227 people hitting like, was simply captioned with a winking face emoji.
November six saw comedian Rebel Wilson, 37, attracting 348,797 likes for a promotional poster of film Pitch Perfect 3, while Instagram model Pia Muehlenbeck, 26, flaunted her ample cleavage in a skimpy black bikini on November 14, to earn herself 152,347 likes.
Bikini blogger Natasha Oakley won over 73,276 Instagram users when she went skinny dipping on August 23.
Her pride and joy: AFL WAG and entrepreneur Rebecca Judd, 34, impressed her legion of followers on April 13 with a cute snap of her one-year-old twin sons Tom and Darcy. The sweet post garnered 42,730 likes
A second proposal will do it! PR queen Roxy Jacenko, 37, did not disappoint when she posted a snap celebrating her second engagement from husband Oliver Curtis, on July 15. The photo that attracted 28,397 likes saw the mother-of-two standing in a lavishly decorated suite at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel
Instagram sensation: Skye Wheatley flaunted her ample cleavage and slender waist in a racy pic on October 2, that earned her 37,980 likes
She's got a fan base: Swimsuit and lingerie model Natalie Roser, 27, may have felt the chill on December 19, but her holiday snap attracted 34,415 likes
The snap saw the toned blonde drawing the eye to her slim silhouette and was captioned 'This is what freedom looks like'.
Sophie Monk, 38, delighted followers when she posted a promotional photo on October 26, of herself and her chosen Bachelorette beau, Stu Laundy, 44.
The image that saw the blonde gain 92,158 likes was captioned 'Finally WE can walk down the street and go to the supermarket'.
Causing a stir: The Today show's Karl Stefanovic, 43, won himself 29,349 likes on November 15 with a picture of himself alongside girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough, 33
Summer Bay babe: Home And Away newcomer Sam Frost, 28, has fan appeal, with her race day post on November 4 seeing 26,362 people hitting the love heart button
Giving love another chance: Married At First Sight star Cheryl Maitland, 26, had fans gushing over her newfound romance with Dean Gibbs, in a post on March 27 that earned her 21,808 likes
Making them green with envy: Lara Worthington (née Bingle), 30, attracted 21,425 likes on July 8 with a picture of herself relaxing at Blue Lagoon in Iceland
December 18, saw Pia Miller, 34, attract 60,758 likes with an on-set picture of herself as Home And Away's Katarina Chapman, while Shanina Shaik's model figure on November 18, earned the 26-year-old 55,057 likes.
October seven saw former Today show co-host Lisa Wilkinson, 58, post a picture from her vow renewal ceremony with husband Peter FitzSimons, that collected 45,911 likes.
AFL WAG and entrepreneur Rebecca Judd, 34, impressed her legion of followers on April 13 with a cute snap of her one-year-old twin sons Tom and Darcy.
Nuptials: Jesinta Franklin (née Campbell), 26, earned herself 20,033 likes on November 4 with a wedding snap alongside husband Lance 'Buddy' Franklin
Screen siren: Songstress Delta Goodrem, 33, posed as Grease's Sandy, garnering 18,514 likes on October 27
Vocal: Sunrise's Samantha Armytage, 41, voiced her distaste over an article on August 18, that saw 17,997 social media users liking the post
Reality TV perks: Former Bachelor star Alex Nation, 26, shared a snap of herself with son Elijah, seven, and ex-boyfriend Richie Strahan on a ride, on January 30, attracting 15,933 likes
The image that saw the boys dressed in 'copy' and 'paste' onesies saw 42,730 people hitting the heart button.
And PR queen Roxy Jacenko, 37, did not disappoint when she posted a snap celebrating her second engagement from husband Oliver Curtis, on July 15.
The photo that attracted 28,397 likes saw the mother-of-two standing in a lavishly decorated suite at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel.
Insta-famous: Glamour model Imogen Anthony, 26, caused a stir with her risqué attire in a snap shared to the site on September 10. It saw the girlfriend of radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands receive 10,242 likes
Red carpet appeal: Former Bachelor star Keira Maguire, 31, posted a snap of herself on the Logie Awards red carpet in April 24, earning herself 2,893 likes
Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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