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Australian state on standby for 'catastrophic' fire conditions

Australian state on standby for 'catastrophic' fire conditions

Australians were bracing yesterday for what officials warned could be some of the worst fire danger days ever seen, as police searched for some 100 people still missing in ravaged Tasmania.

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 7:00am

Scores missing after devastating wildfires in Tasmania

A house destroyed by a bushfire lies in ruins in Dunalley, about 40 kilometres east of Hobart. More than 100 homes have been destroyed in the state of Tasmania. Photo: Reuters

Police combed devastated towns for 100 people missing after wildfires tore through the Australian island state of Tasmania, with amid growing fears a number of them may have died.

7 Jan 2013 - 8:00am

Bush fires destroy dozens of homes during record heatwave in Tasmania

Bush fire smoke billows over a beach at Carlton, east of Hobart, as fires gutted at least 80 buildings on the Tasman Peninsula. Photo: Reuters

Thousands fled bush fires raging on Australia's island state of Tasmania that have destroyed at least 80 properties. Police were yesterday trying to confirm reports of deaths in the fires.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Island hopping

It was a long way to go for fish and chips. I'd put off going to Australia for decades because, as a Brit, I'd imagined it as a big, dry, old-fashioned version of England - full of (very long-term) expats, cricket pitches and dodgy food. Yet here I was in Hobart, Tasmania, tucking into battered white fish and big golden chips.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hunt for utopia stops in Tasmania

For centuries, people have been looking for a utopia ever since this term was borrowed from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his book, Utopia, in 1516. Utopia, an idealistic place of social and political perfection where everyone lives in harmony and happiness. How sweet it would be if such an place existed!

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Brush with death in Tasmania 'saved my life', says climber

Mountaineer Paul Pritchard looks quite good considering a boulder once landed on him. The English climbing legend was in town this week, speaking for the Royal Geographical Society at Olympic House on Monday and promoting his 2005 book The Longest Climb.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Pulp firm set loose in Tasmania's old forests

The Australian government yesterday approved a controversial Tasmanian timber pulp mill that critics say will devastate the island state's forests and pollute the environment.

5 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Tasmania's fox hunt is a wild goose chase, say sceptics

It is costing tens of millions of dollars, but a campaign to exterminate foxes in Tasmania has become enveloped in a cloud of slander, intrigue and conspiracy theories.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


1 Cradle Mountain-Lake

St Clair National Park

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

A draw for the creative class

If the experience of Australia's smallest state - the island of Tasmania - is anything to go by, the decision by the High Court last month to strike down Hong Kong's biased law on gay sex will enhance the city's attractiveness as a tourist and investment destination.

13 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Australians feel the pinch as home affordability dips

Australian homebuyers are feeling the pinch as home loans become more expensive, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

After three quarters of mild improvement in home loan affordability, the quarter to June had seen a return to a declining trend, the institute said.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

One for the road

When vignerons Stuart Bryce and Andrew Hood walked into Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries 20 years ago to propose planting vines, they were made a laughing stock. 'Plant maize,' said the government, 'there's no future in grapes.' One of the planet's most southerly islands, Tasmania has long been known for its isolation, wilderness and ability to produce four seasons in one day.

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

In Tasmania

In Tasmania

by Nicholas Shakespeare

The Harvill Press $310

23 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

In Tasmania's towering forests, values hit head-on

Green groups are battling loggers and politicians to save 400-year old trees

Environmentalists and loggers in the Australian state of Tasmania are locked in a bitter war over the future of the world's tallest hardwood trees, which timber companies want to turn into wood chips for export to Japan.

26 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Wine on


Moorilla cabernet sauvignon reserve 1999, $248

16 Nov 2003 - 12:00am