Cool fact…
The coastal lagoons can be quite deep - two of the lagoons have been measured with sounders and are more than 100 metres deep. The lagoons open and close over time. Satellite images show the beaches breaking open during the summer and closing during the winter.

Image gallery

Curious king penguin
Curious king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) (Photo: Barbara Wienecke)

This gallery provides snap shots of the awesome landscape, spectacular and abundant wildlife, unexpectedly lush vegetation and cultural heritage items remaining from early human visitation of Heard Island and McDonald Islands.


See glaciers, mountainous volcanoes, icy lagoons, rugged cliffs and vegetated coastal margins…

More information is available in the Landforms pages in the Nature section


Meet the locals, from the graceful black-browed albatross to the imposing southern elephant seal…

More information is available in the Animals pages in the Nature section


No trees, but plenty of 'mega herbs' and other vegetation on show in a wide variety of settings around the island…

More information is available in the Plants pages in the Nature section

Cultural Heritage

Artefacts and structures remaining on Heard Island from the 19th century sealing era and from the first Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition…

More information is available on the Cultural Heritage page in the History section

This page was last modified on 12 November 2015.