Scenery
Cool fact…
Comparison of satellite images of McDonald Island taken in 2004 with aerial photography from 1980 shows that the island more than doubled in size over that time as a result of volcanic activity, from about 1 square kilometre to 2.5 square kilometres.

About Heard Island

Big Ben, covered in snow
Big Ben Heard Island (Photo: L.E. Large)

If you’ve never heard of Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI), or would like some more information to build on what you already know, this is a good place to start.

Where is HIMI and what is it like there?

This section of the site gives a general summary of the location and geography of HIMI (including maps). It discusses the climate and weather and explains what human activities are undertaken there. There is also a series of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

For further information, check out the nature section for a description of plants, animals, landforms and marine areas, and the conservation significance section for information on what's so special about HIMI.

This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.