Guidelines for animal approach distances

Species Distance (metres)

Giant petrels and albatrosses


Breeding/moulting emperor penguin


All other breeding/moulting birds and seals


Non-breeding seal or bird


All vehicles

200 metres from all wildlife

Note: Distances are only a guide - if you detect signs of disturbance, move further away. In some cases, it will be impossible to observe these guidelines. If you are sitting or lying down, wildlife may approach of its own accord. If this occurs, remain as still and quiet as possible until birds or animals move away.

On Macquarie Island, some areas are restricted to protect breeding wildlife, particularly albatrosses and giant petrels. Check with TASPAWS ranger staff before going out into the field.

This page was last updated on 28 November 2013.