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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires


Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project

Macquarie Island

Albatross at Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island is a very special and unique place.

It is the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust and rocks from the earth’s mantle.

Its remote and windswept landscape of steep escarpments, lakes, dramatic changes in vegetation, and the vast congregations of wildlife around its shores make it a place of exceptional beauty.

Macquarie Island is one of only a very few islands in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean where fauna in the region can breed. Around 3.5 million seabirds and 70,000 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 by commercial sealing operations in the early 19th century. 

Macquarie Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 in recognition of its geological significance and outstanding natural beauty. It is listed in the Australian Government's Register of Critical Habitat because it is the only island under Australian jurisdiction that provides breeding habitat for the wandering albatross and the grey-headed albatross.

These numerous designations reflect the natural values of the reserve and the importance of protecting them for future generations.

Where is Macquarie Island?

Macquarie is a sub-Antarctic island located 1500 kilometres southeast of Hobart, Tasmania. A long, thin strip of land, the island is 34 kilometres long and 3 to 5 kilometres wide, with an area of 12, 875 ha.

Click on the location map to the right for an expanded view of the location of Macquarie Island.

Who manages the island?

The Tasmanian Government’s Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) manages the island as a nature reserve, and manages the World Heritage values on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Australian Government Department of Environment maintains an Antarctic Division research station, and a Bureau of Meteorology station on the island.

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