Cool fact…
In 1874 scientists aboard the Arcona visited Heard Island in the hope of observing the transit of Venus, but it is likely that the usual cloudy conditions discouraged them.

Image gallery

The Heard Island image gallery is currently undergoing an update that should be completed in December 2014. Some links and images may not be available.

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

King penguins


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

Poa kerguelensis


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

Sealers try pots

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


You may be able to order copies of HIMI images from the Multi Media Unit of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) or from the individual photographers - go to the Contact Us page and select Images as your area of interest.

The AAD will, if it holds the copyright, be able to supply the image, whereas if copyright remains with the photographer you will be sent the contact details.

This page was last modified on 28 February 2005.