Heard Island

A photo from the air of a small island in the foreground and the snowy topped Big Ben on Heard Island in the background.
Outer end of Heard Island — Elephant Spit (Photo: Gary Miller)
The mosses are a very bright yellow/green colour.Elephant sealsPenguins on Heard IslandFur seal pups

Heard Island and McDonald Islands is a subantarctic island group located in the Southern Ocean about 4000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia.

The islands enjoy World Heritage protection and marine reserve status and they are managed as part of the Australian Antarctic Territory. The islands are now unoccupied by humans and remain biologically pristine.

Visit the Heard Island and McDonald Islands website to learn about the history, natural features and management of the islands.