Aussies between two timezones fire up about daylight saving

Two Australian suburbs are divided by more than just a state border.

Daylight saving time came to an end overnight on Sunday. New South Wales (NSW) uses it, but neighbouring Queensland doesn't. Just crossing the road between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta would put you an hour back or forward in time.

Some locals Newshub spoke to wanted to see their clocks synced with their counterparts permanently - others seem fired up about the idea.

"There's no way in the wide world I'm going to get up an hour early for those bloody... people down there," says proud Queenslander Mark.

"Mate, I don't change my clock for anything," says Bob. "I get up when I want and I go to bed when I want. No-one's going to tell me what I've got to do."

State border marker between Queensland and New South Wales
The state border marker between Coolangatta (Queensland) and Tweed Heads (New South Wales). Photo credit: Newshub.

Queensland voted against introducing daylight saving in 1992 after a three-year trial. Since then, there's been frustrating and confusing times for residents with plans on both sides of the border.

"There's definitely people who have missed planes, buses," says Joe from NSW.

"It causes a lot of confusion with older people naturally," adds Dennis.

Coolangatta is the scene for beach volleyball at this month's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In New Zealand, daylight saving was first introduced in 1927.