Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

‘I am delighted; it’s such an honour. I never expected it, but to tell you the truth, it’s great to get the money’

Not even the smallest irony is ever lost on Tasmanian Richard Flanagan. He wrote history books before turning to the risky art of fiction. “The(...)

Last year was Australia’s hottest on record, and wildfires raged in New South Wales and Tasmania. Photograph: John Donegan-ABC/Reuters

Australia’s bushfire season officially started last week, and after a warm, dry winter authorities are preparing for the worst. The national maximu(...)

“Eight-year-olds worry about their weight, and 13-year-olds worry about whether they are ‘hot’ enough,” says author  Steve Biddulph. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Fourteen is the new 18,” is what parenting educator and author Steve Biddulph hears all the time from mothers talking about their daughters. “(...)

Ireland’s Stuart Thompson lies on the ground after making his ground to secure the bye that gave Ireland a three-wicket win over Zimbabwe at the ICC World Twenty20 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Photograph: Surjeet/Inpho

What looked like an easy-going parade to victory turned into a frantic last-ball win for Ireland yesterday as they opened their World Twenty20 camp(...)

in Sydney Leading drugs makers have called on Australia to expand its opium poppy growing industry beyond the island of (...)

A helicopter from the Xue Long (Snow Dragon) Chinese icebreaker unloads rescued passengers from the ice-bound Russian ship, Akademik Shokalskiy on January 2nd. Photograph: Reuters/Fairfax/Australian Antarctic Division

A Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 passengers from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in heavy ice today, further com(...)

Rescue workers make their way from a helicopter to the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve. Photograph: Chris Turney/Reuters

The long-awaited helicopter rescue of passengers on board a research ship trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week has successfully concluded.The(...)

Barbara Tucker, a passenger on the trapped ship Akademik Shokalskiy, looks at an Adelie penguin walking by on the ice off East Antarctica yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Peacock

Ice that has trapped a Russian ship with 74 people on board in Antarctica appeared to be cracking up yesterday, raising hopes for a rescue as a powerf(...)

 A supplied image  from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows an Antarctic-bound Russian-registered MV Akademik Shokalskiy  wedged in thick sheets of sea ice. Photograph: EPA

A Chinese icebreaker is expected a reach a Russian ship trapped in thick Antarctic ice with 74 people on board by tomorrow. The Snow Dragon was one o(...)