Cool fact…
Although Brown Glacier on the north coast of Heard Island is devoid of life (due in part to cold temperatures and high winds - gusts up to 220 kilometres per hour) new land is made available for colonisation by vegetation and animals as the glacier retreats (it retreated about 50 metes between 2000/01 and 2003/04).

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 modified on 28 February 2005.