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.

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.