Scenery
Cool fact…
Humans truly are 'privileged visitors' to Heard Island. The Island supports colonies of millions of seals and seabirds, but there have only been around 240 shore-based human visits since 1855, most of which occurred during the late 19th century sealing era.

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 updated on 23 March 2010.