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Macquarie Island, Tasmania

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Macquarie Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the southwest Pacific Ocean, about halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica, at 54° 30' S, 158° 57' E. Regionally part of Oceania and politically a part of Tasmania, Australia, since 1900, it became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978 and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997.It was a part of Esperance Municipality until 1993 when the municipality was merged with other municipalities to Huon Valley. The island is home to the entire royal penguin population during their annual nesting season. Ecologically, the island is part of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra ecoregion.Since 1948 the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has maintained a permanent base, the Macquarie Island Station, on the isthmus at the northern end of the island at the foot of Wireless Hill. The population of the base, the island's only human inhabitants, usually varies from 20 to 40 people over the year. A heliport is located near the base.
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  • It has been a dream of mine to add Macquarie Island to the list of remote places which I’ve been lucky to visit for work or pleasure. That dream came true via a trip to the islands of the sub-Antarcti...  more »
  • Accessible only by sea - if you enjoy wildlife you will enjoy Macquarie Island with an abundance of King & Royal penguins, Elephant seals, Giant Petrels, Skuas and fur seals. It is a privilege availab...  more »
  • Ever since seeing pictures 40 years ago of the giant Megaherbs on Macquarie Island, it has been my desire to see them for myself. Now, on a recent cruise with Heritage Expeditions on the "Spirit of En...  more »

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