Severe Tropical Cyclone Niran has now increased into a Category 4 storm as it edges further away from Australia’s east coast.
While there is no longer a threat to Far North Queensland, the pacific island of New Caledonia is on alert.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns the system is moving east southeast at 37 km/h and a major impact on New Caledonia is likely in the next 24 hours.
After days of extreme weather in Queensland will ease moving into the weekend, a gale warning remains in place for the Townsville, Mackay and Capricornia regions.
Troughs are triggering showers and storms in the northwest tropics and southern Western Australia.
A front is bringing strong winds and showers to Tasmania and southern Victoria.
A hazardous surf warning is in place for large parts of the NSW coast today with dangerous conditions expected along the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.