Stephanie Gardiner

Stephanie Gardiner is a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald. Email or tweet her with your news tips.

Oh super moon! Wild weather puts rescuers on alert

Stephanie Gardiner Heavy rain, damaging winds and high tides caused by a super moon. That's the wild forecast for parts of the NSW coast on Monday, as emergency services brace for a busy day.

Flood tragedy as teen dies collecting golf balls

Luke O'Neill

Stephanie Gardiner TEENAGER Luke O'Neill was happy, active and ''always smiling'', but his fun way to earn pocket money turned tragic when he was swept into a drain while collecting golf balls on the mid-north coast.

Heat provides little cheer, but pub has cold beer

Woman hanging the washing.

Stephanie Gardiner BEFORE there was air conditioning Hay residents would hang sheets drenched in cold water on the line and stand underneath to enjoy the cool breeze.

Fisherman has close encounter with shark at NSW beach


Stephanie Gardiner A man has had a close encounter with a shark in northern NSW.

Dog's body parts scattered in Sydney park

Stephanie Gardiner Severed body parts of a small brown dog have been found in a park in Sydney's inner west, prompting police to appeal for the public's help in the shocking case of animal cruelty.

Yasi, Tracy dwarfed by mother of all storms


Stephanie Gardiner Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy is three times the size of Cyclone Yasi, which devastated Queensland last year, and more than 15 times the size of Cyclone Tracy, which hit Darwin at Christmas 1974.

'It's sort of eerie': Aussies stock up on candles in New York


Stephanie Gardiner Australian expats and tourists have described the anxious energy in New York as they brace for Hurricane Sandy, with many braving long, tense supermarket queues and preparing to be holed up indoors...

Injured keeper believed she could talk to the animals


Stephanie Gardiner, Ben Cubby, Peter Munro THE zookeeper critically injured by a Taronga Zoo elephant is known for her unusually intense relationship with the animals and had told colleagues she could talk with them telepathically.

Weather set to turn wild in Sydney as snow falls across NSW


Stephanie Gardiner and Steve Jacobs The rain is on its way to the city now and is expected to be at its heaviest until about 2pm, Weatherzone says.

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Wild weather heading Sydney's way


Stephanie Gardiner Sydney's grey clouds and drizzle are just a preview of wild weather expected tomorrow, forecasters say.

Aussie tycoon fined for using fireworks in Arctic

Paul McDonald

Stephanie Gardiner An Australian millionaire has been fined $C10,000 ($9900) by Canadian authorities after a booze-fuelled party cruise in the Arctic.

Heat's off now, pooch, but it was close

Bianca Otley.

Stephanie Gardiner STIFF, unresponsive and gasping for breath, it looked like the end was near for Mandy.

Smoky morning caused by Blue Mountains burn off

Stephanie Gardiner Sydneysiders have woken up to a grey haze and a strong smell of smoke, caused by a burn off in the Blue Mountains.

'Seriously angry' waves batter beaches


Stephanie Gardiner "Seriously angry" waves up to 13 metres are battering the beaches while Sydney recovers from a night of wild weather.

The morning after the night before: Sydney wakes up to a mess


Stephanie Gardiner With a gloomy sky, howling winds, bricks strewn across roads and fallen trees, Sydney remains scarred after a night of wild weather.

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Vegetarians less likely to get heart disease: nutritionist


Stephanie Gardiner Tell your friends you're swapping beef for broccoli, pork for pumpkin and lamb for legumes, and it's likely you'll be inundated with health warnings.

Big wet to continue with rivers on flood watch


Stephanie Gardiner After a night of wet weather woes around Sydney - including several flood rescues - the city is set to be hit by more heavy rain today, with some rivers on flood watch.

The dark side of puppy farming


Stephanie Gardiner Among 42 dogs found in a dark, dank maggot-filled shed was Gidget, a miniature poodle with fur so matted and dirty it caused painful eye and ear infections.

Thousands evacuated as floodwaters rise


Stephanie Gardiner Flooding has forced more than 2000 people from their homes in northern NSW and isolated 11,000 people, while Moree braces for its worst floods in 36 years.

Storms hit Sydney as tornado strikes NSW lake


Stephanie Gardiner With more than 300 lightning strikes, bucketing rain and reports of fishing boats missing in a tornado, last night was the epitome of wild weather.