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Anne Ryan (nee Nugent) at her party last October with her nieces Mary and Jacinta. Photograph: Paddy Lyons

Everybody was surprised when my aunt Anne announced she was leaving for Australia to become a nun. For one thing, it was 1949 and going that far aroun(...)

Teatree Bay, Noosa national park

I’m standing ankle-deep in warm waters, just off Lady Elliot Island at the southern-most tip of the Great Barrier Reef, gingerly holding a sea cucumbe(...)

Tom Foley and his friend Luke Colebrook heading out in their canoe.

An Irishman and an Englishman got into a blue canoe… What sounds like the beginning of a bad joke was actually the start of a mission embarked upon b(...)

A resident pushes a bicycle through floodwaters at Hermit Park in Townsville, Australia on Sunday. Photograph:  Andrew Rankin/AAP Image via AP

Australian authorities pulled the bodies of two men from a storm water drain during cleanup efforts after catastrophic flooding in the northeastern st(...)

Residents of Townsville in north Queensland have been warned  that flooding has not yet reached its peak as torrential rain continues. Photograph:  Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

After record-breaking high temperatures hit Australia in recent weeks, unprecedented flooding is now wreaking destruction in north Queensland, with co(...)

A man walks through flood water in Rosslea, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, February 2nd 2019. Photograph: Andrew Rankin/ EPA

Once-in-a-century flooding in part of the eastern Australian state of Queensland looks set to worsen as the nation’s weather bureau on Saturday warned(...)

Philip Lynch’s home in Tasmania is surrounded by gum trees.

In contrast to Far North Queensland, where torrential rain has led to widespread flooding with over 400mms falling in 24hrs, here where I live in drou(...)

Ted Felton: ‘Even the smallest provincial town has a half-decent pool. Here’s our six-year-old, Robbie, at the Avoca pool in the Victorian Goldfields, a couple of hours northwest of Melbourne.’

South Australia was one of the hottest places on Earth this week, with record-breaking temperatures approaching 50°C in some parts. Around 200,000 peo(...)

A roadside fire-danger sign signals severe and warns of a total fire ban in Melbourne on Friday. Photograph:  Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Searing 47 degree temperatures, power failures and fires afflicted southern Australia on Friday, with one blaze creating a smoke cloud so large it beg(...)

People ride the Beach House water slides during hot weather at Glenelg beach in Adelaide, Australia. Photograph: Kelly Barnes/EPA

Australia’s post-Christmas heatwave continues to sweep across the country, with a near record-breaking 49 degrees forecast for Western Australia, and (...)

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