Latest images of fires raging in New South Wales

Dozens of bushfires are burning throughout a vast area on Australia’s east coast – including the area around Sydney. A “catastrophic” fire warning has been issued to counter one of the nation’s worst ever bushfire threats. The spate of blazes across New South Wales state has left three people dead and destroyed more than 150 homes. Officials say the worst […]

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Australia braces for ‘catastrophic’ bushfires

A vast area of Australia’s east coast – including Sydney – is bracing itself for one the nation’s worst ever bushfire threats. More than 60 blazes are burning across the state of New South Wales (NSW) ahead of predicted “catastrophic” conditions on Tuesday. Authorities warn that fires will spread quickly amid forecasts of hot temperatures and strong winds. About six […]

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'Leave now' – Australians urged to evacuate as 'catastrophic' fires loom

Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia’s east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming “catastrophic” fire conditions. Bush fires burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland states have already killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes. Officials expect adverse heat and wind conditions to […]

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At Least 2 Dead as Fires Rage Across East Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — Wildfires surging across Australia’s drought-ravaged East Coast have left two people dead and destroyed more than 150 homes, officials said on Saturday, sounding the alarm for what is expected to be one of the country’s worst recorded fire seasons. With summer heat waves still several weeks away, 1,500 firefighters were battling 70 fires across New South Wales, […]

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Irish tourist (26) in critical condition following hang gliding crash

An Irish man is in critical condition and another man has died following a hang gliding crash in Australia today. The Irish tourist (26) was transferred to Gold Coast Hospital after an accident involving another man at Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head in New South Wales, Australia. The other man (67), who is Australian, died at the scene. Emergency services […]

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Australia row over ‘killer tour’

An Australian firm has come under fire for conducting tours of a New South Wales forest where notorious serial killer Ivan Milat buried his victims. Goulburn Ghost Tours has been taking groups to Belanglo, 120km (75 miles) south-west of Sydney. NSW Premier Mike Baird said the tour was “utterly outrageous” while a victim support group has condemned it. A company […]

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Tourists to climb Australia’s Uluru for final time

Huge crowds are expected to scramble up Australia’s Uluru on Friday before a ban on the climb takes effect. The giant monolith – formerly known as Ayers Rock – will be permanently off limits to visitors from Saturday. Uluru is sacred to its indigenous custodians, the Anangu people, who have long implored tourists not to climb. Only 16% of visitors […]

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Final rush to climb Uluru – what do locals think?

For decades, hundreds of thousands of visitors to Australia’s desert centre have trekked up Uluru, the ancient red monolith formerly known as Ayers Rock. But from Saturday, the climb will be banned. Uluru is a sacred site for the local indigenous custodians, the Anangu people, who have long asked tourists not to go up. Most already follow those wishes – […]

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Sheep with famously large fleece dies in Australia

Chris the sheep, a merino famed for once being discovered with the world’s heaviest fleece, has died in Australia. The animal generated global attention in 2015 after being spotted in the wild carrying what was described as six years’ worth of wool. A life-saving haircut followed, with a shearer removing 41.1kg (88lb) of fleece – later confirmed to be a […]

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