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Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

09/07/2014

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.More

Firewood theft can be costly

08/07/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is warning that unlawfully cutting trees for firewood on reserved land can be a costly exercise and that remote cameras are being used to catch offenders.More

Caretakers wanted for island's historic site

08/07/2014

Fancy spending a few weeks at the fascinating Quarantine Station on Bruny Island? The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Wildcare Inc Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station are seeking volunteer caretakers for the station for the 2014/15 summer.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

  • 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.

  • 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.