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Australian flag ANARE Station / Macquarie Island Australian flag

Latitude : 54º30 S
Longitude : 158º57 E Logo Google Earth

Time : UTC +10

Macquarie Island is a subantarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, approximately halfway between Antarctica and Australia.
It lies 1466 km S-SE of Tasmania and 1294 km north of the Antarctic continent.

The island, or "Macca" as it is generally referred to, is 34 km long and 5 km wide at its widest point. It is a Tasmanian State Reserve managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. The island lies just to the north of an oceanic boundary, the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone or Antarctic Convergence, where cold polar water to the south meets the warmer subantarctic water to the north.

It is a breeding place for millions of seabirds, mostly penguins. The island is home for 25 bird species, including four penguin species. Seals, including the world's largest species, the elephant seal, also haul out on the beaches for breeding.

Macquarie has an extreme oceanic climate with heavy cloud, strong westerly winds and a rainfall of 900 mm a year.


Credits : Information by Australian Antarctic Division. Pictures by D. McVeigh, David Taylor VK3KR, Mehdi Escoffier F5PFP.
Music : I Muvrini - Curagiu - Curagiu / Sony Music 1995