Blue Mountains traffic blocked by snow and ice

Peter Hannam Heavy snow and black ice have triggered accidents and caused the closure of major routes in the Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains panther spotted again


Eamonn Duff Weeks after the government declared the Blue Mountains big cat file closed, a Sydney father has spoken of a terrifying encounter with a panther-like creature outside his home.

Time to buy air-crane helicopters: Blue Mountains mayor

Sky crane water bomber.

Sarah Whyte, Kim Arlington After the devastating NSW bushfires, questions have been raised about whether Australia should buy its own air-crane water bombing helicopters.

Rare sighting: Koala seen in upper Blue Mountains


Alexia Attwood For the first time in 70 years a koala has been sighted in the upper Blue Mountains, near Wentworth Falls.

'This will be as bad as it gets': Blue Mountains fire crews prepare for the worst

Shane Fitzsimmons

Nick Ralston, Emma Partridge Weather worse than the extremes already predicted, combined with large bushfires burning out of control, and the real potential for others to spark up, have prompted a very grim warning.

Blue Mountains deemed most vulnerable to fire

Fire services in the Blue Mountains.

Peter Hannam Tens of thousands of homes in the Blue Mountains would be difficult to defend in extreme fire weather conditions because of close proximity to the bush, according to research commissioned for the NSW...

NSW bushfires: minister urges residents to leave Blue Mountains


Megan Levy Rain that fell overnight on four major bushfires burning in the Blue Mountains and the southern highlands actually hampered firefighting efforts, authorities said, as strengthening winds had already...

Confirmed: army exercise started blaze in Blue Mountains

Mount Lagoon Road

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte An army training exercise caused a massive fire in the Blue Mountains that ripped through more than 47,000 hectares of bushland last week, a Rural Fire Service investigation has found.

Snowfall in the Snowy Mountains

Snowfall in the SNowy Mountains

A photographic history of snowfall on the opening weekend of the ski season at the Perisher Blue Resort over the last 5 years as captured by the Fairfax Media photographers.

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.

Temporary mountains of debris spring up around city

Lisa Cox and Paris Cowan MORE than 22,000 tonnes of waste have been transferred to Brisbane's Rochedale Landfill since Friday, the beginning of a clean-up that waste management companies predict will take months.

Tornado hits Snowy Mountains

Severe thunderstorms slammed the southern ranges of NSW and the ACT this afternoon, with torrential downpours and tornadic activity.

Blue Mountains bushfire: police investigate arson

The third anniversary of Black Saturday is tomorrow.

Police are investigating if arson is to blame for a bushfire that is burning in the Blue Mountains for a second day.

Flames fan mountains but relief is on the way

Nick Ralston A drop in temperature is expected to help fire crews who were last night fighting a bushfire in the Blue Mountains that had forced the evacuation of homes and a high school.

Blue Mountains blaze puts crews under pressure

More than 100 firefighters and a water-bombing helicopter were battling a blaze in the Blue Mountains last night that forced the evacuation of homes and a school.

Wind gusts fan Blue Mountains bushfire

Fire at the Leura cascades

Stephanie Gardiner Firefighters are battling several bushfires in the Blue Mountains, with strong winds making the blazes difficult to contain.

Firefighters battling bushfire in Blue Mountains


The Rural Fire Service (RFS) was alerted to the blaze at Megalong Valley about midday on Saturday.

Rains wreak havoc in Blue Mountains

Josephine Tovey The ceiling of a building has collapsed and a major road has been closed after a severe hailstorm swept through the town of Lithgow late this afternoon, west of the Blue Mountains.

Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Koala in NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

Tackling the fire threat on the home front

NCH NEWS. Lloyd Blows, the elderly resident of a Tomago caravan park who went missing over a week ago was found alive today in bushland near the power lines which cross Old Punt Road, Tomago. Pic shows bush on the side of Old Punt Road where there was some fresh human tracks in the leaves on the ground. Pic by MAX MASON-HUBERS MMH. 5th May 2014. Newcastle

Peter Hannam Up at the top end of a cul-de-sac, amid towering eucalypts at Durren Durren, north of Sydney, Mike White has been getting expert advice on how to prepare the family home for the coming fire season.