Cool fact…
Going to Heard Island requires some special kit. To keep out the persistent rain, the specially designed jackets worn by personnel on the 2003/04 Australian Antarctic program expedition were made from waterproof fabric, and had waterproof zippers. To prevent the introduction of unwanted hitchhikers, such as seeds, the jackets used no velcro fastenings and had easily vacuumed pockets.

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.

New Management plan for Heard Island and McDonald Islands (16 Oct 14)
A new Management Plan for Australia’s Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve has been approved by the Federal Government. … more
Deep sea cameras reveal limited impact of fishing around Heard Island (28 Jul 14)
Novel deep sea camera systems have shown that Australian commercial fisheries are having little impact on seafloor biodiversity around Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI). … more
Updated entry requirements - Heard and McDonald Islands (23 May 14)
Following a review of the Reserve’s former management plan, the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division has implemented a prohibition on entry to the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands.… more
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
This page was last modified on 28 March 2014.