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. The Macquarie Island Nature Reserve covers the Island, surrounding islets, and includes the ocean surrounding the Island and islets to a distance of three nautical miles. The Macquarie Island World Heritage Area (WHA) encompasses the Reserve, as well as the surrounding waters to a distance of 12 nautical miles. A Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers most of the waters on the eastern side of the Island to the 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone limit (information about allowable activities in the Commonwealth Marine Reserve can be obtained at: www.environment.gov.au/topics/marine/marine-reserves/south-east/macquarie-island). The Island is subject to both State and Australian Government legislation aimed at protecting its special values. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) on behalf of the Australian Government operates a scientific station on the Island.
Access to the Reserve requires the written authorisation of the Director of National Parks and Wildlife (the Director). Day-to-day management of the Reserve is the responsibility of the Parks & Wildlife Service (PWS), a division of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Macquarie Island Nature Reserve is a restricted area under Regulation 17 of the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009 and all visitors must have an Access Authority, or must be accompanied by an authorised person, in order to enter or remain in the Reserve. All commercial Tourist Visits must also have approval under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002. Prior approval must be obtained from the Director before any Tourist Visits are allowed.
Guidelines for Tourist Visits to Macquarie Island Nature Reserve and World Heritage Area
These are available for download as a PDF (5Mb)
Commercial Educational Tourist Visits to Macquarie Island Nature Reserve & World Heritage Area
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is calling for expressions of interest from commercial educational tourist operators seeking approval to visit Macquarie Island over the summer of 2015-2016.
2015-2016 Criteria for the Selection of Macquarie Island Commercial Educational Tourist Visits are available for download as a PDF (319 Kb)