Cool fact…
The nutrients in seal and seabird urine and faeces have an effect on the vegetation. To ensure that humans do not add to this natural 'fertilisation', all visitors are required to remove wastes or dispose of them in a controlled manner.

Location and boundaries

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve is located in the southern Indian Ocean, approximately 4,100 kilometres south-west of Perth, Western Australia. 

The Reserve covers an area of approximately 71,200 square kilometres. It includes Heard Island and the McDonald Islands, the surrounding 12 nautical mile territorial sea, plus an extended marine area which extends in parts to the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone boundary. 

Please visit the Maps page in the About Heard Island section for a map showing the location and boundaries of the Reserve.

This page was last modified on 23 March 2010.