Police find man’s body in Wyong unit after alleged kidnapping

Two people have been arrested after a woman was allegedly kidnapped and a man’s body was found. A woman escaped a Wyong unit, on the NSW Central Coast, about 4.30pm on Saturday – and told police she had allegedly been held against her will since Thursday. The 44-year-old was treated at Gosford Hospital for multiple … Read more

Trackers show rescued whales surviving and thriving after mass stranding in Tasmania

Months on from the mass whale stranding on Tasmania’s west coast, a fuller picture of where the surviving whales wound up has been provided, with electronic trackers showing they made it 300 kilometres south of the state. Key points: Trackers attached to some of the whales refloated after a mass stranding on Tasmania’s west coast in … Read more

Tasmanian ‘Angry Farmer’ looks to boost school literacy levels after education system disillusionment

A Tasmanian cattle farmer has become so concerned about his step-daughter’s struggles at school, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Key points: Tasmania has the lowest level of adult literacy in the country, according to the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey Alarm bells started ringing for Marshall Roberts when it … Read more

Cradle Mountain’s Dove Lake now accesible by kayaks made from King Billy pine

Adventure tour operators Anthony O’Hern and Anna Paice never intended to become boat builders.  But soon after their company won a tender to provide boat tours on Dove Lake in Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Mr O’Hern started hand-making timber kayaks. “It wasn’t a planned thing. We were just following our noses and before we knew it, that’s what we were doing,” he … Read more

Australia Day, weekend weather: Storms forecast for Sydney, warm in Brisbane, cool in Melbourne

A “dangerous storm outbreak” is set to rock Australia’s east coast over the coming days with the addition of “wildly swinging temperatures” bringing intense heat and then uncommonly cool days for high summer. However, it looks like Australia Day could start of dry for many places, and will likely remain humid in the east, but … Read more

Hydrogen set to revive Devonport’s Mersey River ferry service after it was axed for being unviable

A Tasmanian ferry service previously described as unsafe and unsustainable and thought to have made its final trip, could be back on the water this year — but this time, powered by hydrogen.   Key points: The ferry service across the Mersey River in Tasmania’s north-west was scrapped in 2022 A new owner has been found and the … Read more

Australia Day weather: Stormy for Sydney and Brisbane, chilly for Melbourne

Some very un-Australian weather could be on the cards for Australia Day with parts of the country forecast to be warm, but potentially wet and stormy, while in other areas it might be clear but cold. So either the barbecue could fall victim to a thunderstorm; or you’ll have to wrap up for alfresco entertaining. … Read more

Tamanian farm-getaway venture was a multi-million-dollar gamble on agritourism, but it’s paid off

Setting up boutique accommodation could have cost the Robinsons the land their family has farmed for more than 150 years in north-west Tasmania. But after a bumpy start during the pandemic, their careful venture into agritourism is in full swing. Called The Cove, the Robinsons opened a resort on their farm near Devonport, utilising a windswept … Read more

Cruise ships unable to dock in Burnie, Tasmania, due to weather and lack of border force services

Windy weather, scheduling changes and unavailable Australian Border Force services have been behind the cancellation of five cruise ship dockings in the north-west Tasmanian city of Burnie this season. Key points: Thirty-five cruise ships were due to arrive in Burnie between November and April Five scheduled visits have so far been cancelled Attractions that rely on the … Read more

Sydney, Melbourne weather: Forecast for ‘persistent storms’; heatwave for Perth

Forecasters have warned that parts of eastern Australia could be in for days of storms as inclement weather heads up the coast. The stormy conditions and lower temperatures look set to replace the heat as the main weather feature over the coming days in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. That’s after Melbourne peaked … Read more