The heaviest rains in years have fallen across parts of the east coast, easing the desperate conditions that have gripped the southeast for three years and left many farmers facing ruin.
As pastures turned increasingly brown and parched, ranchers have been forced to buy expensive feed grains to keep their herds alive.
But after downpours at the weekend, one farmer was seen running into the street celebrating in just a hat and his underwear.
Another was filmed diving into a flood and swimming.
“This much-needed rain will certainly bring some much-needed relief and smiles across the country,” said Oliver Gordon, who lives in Bourke, 500 miles northwest of Sydney.
Her father, Andrew was among those seen in videos on social media wading through waterlogged fields and rolling in water.
But experts say more rain will be needed to break the drought.
They say the rain may have come too late to save this year’s grain harvest, due to begin within weeks, although the water will help cattle and other livestock.
Michael McCormack, Australia’s deputy prime minister, warned that the impact of the drought would be likely to continue for years.
In the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s most important agricultural region, rainfall averaged 887mm in the 34 months to the end of October – the lowest on record.
Additional reporting by Reuters
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