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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Macquarie Island World Heritage Area

The project to eradicate rabbits and rodents from Macquarie Island was declared a success in April 2014. The project was the world's largest island eradication for these three species at one time in the world.

See the web pages for further details.

On 3 December, 1997 Macquarie Island was listed as a World Heritage Area - the second Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Macquarie Island is a site of outstanding geological and natural significance on a world scale.

The island is one of only a very few in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean where fauna in the region can breed. Around 3.5 million seabirds and 80,000 elephant seals arrive on Macquarie Island each year to breed and moult. Fur seals are beginning to re-establish populations on the island after nearly being exterminated in the early 19th century.

 More information about Macquarie Island can be found on the Australian Antarctic Division's web site, at www.aad.gov.au/default.asp?casid=7151

  • Location

    Where is Macquarie Island?

  • Geoheritage

    Learn about the remarkable geology of the island which led to World Heritage listing

  • Animals and Plants

    Discover the unique wildlife and vegetation of Macquarie Island

  • Macquarie Island Flora

    A guide to the 43 native and 3 introduced vascular plant species known from Macquarie Island. The flora comprises 24 dicots, 17 monocots and 5 pteridophytes (4 ferns and a lycopod).

  • History of the Reserve

    Despite its remote location Macquarie Island has a rich history

  • Guidelines for Tourist Operations and Visits

    Tourist Guidelines Macquarie Island is part of the Australian State of Tasmania. The Island and surrounding waters are protected by several overlapping, but complimentary, reserved area designations.

  • Management Plan

    A detailed document covering all aspects of Macquarie island and its management

  • Macquarie Island Special Management Areas

    Special Management Areas are declared from year to year to further protect vulnerable species, vegetation communities or sites extremely vulnerable to human disturbance.

  • Plan for the Eradication of Rabbits and Rodents on Macquarie Island

    The Plan for the Eradication of Rabbits and Rodents on Subantarctic Macquarie Island 2007 can be downloaded from our publications section or from the Federal Government Department of Environmen...

  • Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project

    A project to eradicate rabbits, rats and mice from Macquarie Island bagan in 2007. It was declared a success in April 2014, following a rigorous monitoring program after baiting, in which no rabbits, rats or mice were detected in nearly three years following aerial baiting.