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Fire advice for the February long weekend

07/02/2014

Campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that may apply in parks and reserves as we head into a long weekend at the peak of the fire season.More

Maria Island ferry operator sought

07/02/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling for expressions of interest for a single passenger ferry operator for Maria Island National Park.More

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

03/02/2014

A suite of three DVDs produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) promotes the sustainable use of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, its rich Aboriginal heritage and the passion of the people who live and work there.More

Macquarie Island World Heritage Area

The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project is aimed at eradicating rabbits, rats and mice from Macquarie Island. Aerial baiting of the island was completed in July 2011. Hunters and trained dogs have begun the task of hunting down and eliminating every rabbit that survived the baiting operation.

See our 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

    The unique natural values of this remote sub-antarctic island are being threatened by introduced rabbits and rodents. The eradication of these animals is now the highest conservation priority for the reserve.