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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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  • had lifetime experience visiting the Island. it was amazing, you can see Royal and king penguin rookeries,  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Great place for refugees - can hold several hundred thousands without serious overcrowding. Great climate - temperatures lower than zero and higher than 10 degrees Celsius occur only on several days per year, refreshing and pleasant west and south-west winds, enough rain and sometimes rain/snow, edible plants, birds, fish, etc.
  • Some kid that looked like big Chungus ate my house and looked down at me, calling me a chubby chungus weeny teeny poopyhead but I dissed him by saying "Youre a great man and a legend", he cried so badly because he was so thankful that I said something so mean to him. Milennials these days -_- or was that a kid I was talking about?

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