Dictionary of Sydney

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1994 Eastern seaboard bushfires

Multiple fires along the east coast of New South Wales in the summer of 1993/1994 burned through about 800,000 hectares of land, including sections of Sydney suburbs and 40 national parks. Four people were killed.

Date of event
27 Dec 1993 - 16 Jan 1994

Eastern seaboard bushfires 1994


The bushfire season of 1994 was one of the worst in the history of New South Wales. Eight hundred blazes torched over 800,000 hectares of bushland from Batemans Bay to the Queensland border, with mass evacuations occurring in populated areas up and down the state. Three volunteer firefighters and one civilian lost their lives during the fires.