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Macquarie Island

Tasmania, Australia
03 6233 6728
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Ranked #112 of 270 attractions in Tasmania
Type: Islands
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: The ocean surrounding this volcanic island, which lies halfway between Tasmania and the Antarctic continent, is designated as an Australian Marine... more » Owner description: The ocean surrounding this volcanic island, which lies halfway between Tasmania and the Antarctic continent, is designated as an Australian Marine Park. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

For the widlife viewer in general and the penguin enthusiast in particular, Macquarie is a great place to visit. Sandy Bay and Lusitania Bay are great places to see King and Royal Penguins, indeed the latter species breeds only here. There are also gentoo and rockhopper penguins at Buckles Bay although not in the same numbers as in the Falkland... More

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Melbourne
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I visited Macquarie Island this year as part of an Antarctica Expedition with Orion Expeditions cruise. We saw some amazing sites, but Macquarie was definitely the jewel in the crown. The scientists and rangers are friendly and helpful, making us afternoon tea, but the wildlife was unbelievable. I cannot describe in pen or pic this amazing place. Should be No.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I visited Macquarie Island around twenty years ago on a cruise I organised with Heritage Expeditions. It was practically the first wholly bird and mammal watching trip where the boat was filled with birders only. On that basis there was little discussion over what we wanted to see. Rodney Russ of Heritage Expeditions was the leader while I, for my... More

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Miami, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

If you're looking at this, you're probably a fairly hardy traveler, which is good, because the Southern Ocean is pretty unfriendly. But if you can cope with the rockin' and rollin', and the possibility that after all that suffering you may not even be able to land, it is worth the sacrifice. The normal rule of staying at least five... More

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

TRY TO GET THERE!!! it you can, you must. not the easiest point to reach (about 3 days and nights rocketing from tasmania); not cheap to manage; not the nicest weather (unless one likes gusty winds, snow, rain, all w/in minutes); very crowded beaches (around 2,7 mio penguins nestled on them); nasty beach folk (burping farting and grunting elephant seals... More

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Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

I visited Macquarie Island on a trip to Antarctica. This was our first encounter with penguins and elephant seals; the latter were just lying around on the beach and in the grass, while the penguins waddled around looking at us curiously. They were totally unafraid of us. it was amazing to think that Mawson was here just 100 years ago,... More

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