Cool fact…
Active volcanism at the McDonald Islands over the last decade has had a dramatic influence on the environment, resulting in the coalescing of the previously separate McDonald Island and Flat Island, and affecting local wildlife colonies, vegetation and ecosystems to an as yet unknown extent.

Heard Island

Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) is a subantarctic island group located in the Southern Ocean, about 4,000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia.

The islands and surrounding waters teem with wildlife and other natural wonders that make HIMI a special place.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Expansion (29 Mar 14)
The Australian Government has expanded the sub-Antarctic Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve, to protect this unique environment.… more
Volcanoes provided ice-age refuge for Antarctic biodiversity (11 Mar 14)
Antarctic volcanoes and other geothermal areas may have provided a refuge for biodiversity through past ice ages.… more
New HIMI Management Plan (23 May 13)
On 24 August 2012 the HIMI Marine Reserve Management Plan 2005-2012 lapsed...… more
Seen on Heard Island (03 Jun 11)
Incredible time-lapse images from a remote monitoring camera installed on subantarctic Heard Island.… more
This page was last modified on 28 March 2014.