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Macquarie Island

#407 of 689 things to do in Tasmania Features Animals
Tasmania, Australia
1300 827 727
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Animals everywhere you look and step! Incredible!

I went via the Spirit of Enderby and Heritage Expeditions. We did a landing at the research... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2017
New York, NY
Macquarie Island

I was fortunate enough to visit Macquarie Island on a 13 day itinerary aboard the Spirit of Enderby... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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The ocean surrounding this volcanic island, which lies halfway between Tasmania and the Antarctic continent, is designated as an Australian Marine Park.
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

I went via the Spirit of Enderby and Heritage Expeditions. We did a landing at the research station the first day and then anchored overnight off shore. The next day we had a perfect weather day to explore Sandy Bay and the giant penguin colonies...More

Thank leaott
Reviewed January 10, 2016

I was fortunate enough to visit Macquarie Island on a 13 day itinerary aboard the Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov) which was operated by Heritage Expeditions. The raw beauty and abundant wildlife which abounds on the island made for a rich life experience. The knowledgeable...More

3  Thank Rach0804
Reviewed March 4, 2015

I've been fortunate enough to visit Macquarie Island twice, once en route to the Ross Sea of Antarctica by expedition ship, and most recently on a 13 day exploration of the Subantarctic Islands from New Zealand. The experience of sitting quietly on the beach at...More

17  Thank AuspiciousDragon
Reviewed January 23, 2015

While Macquaire Island is difficult to get to and very isolated, it is one of the most intense wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world. The penguin species alone make this lonely outpost worth the visit and we were blessed with sunshine which...More

14  Thank TwoFP
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...More

12  Thank Richard M
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...More

8  Thank Cheryl52Melbourne
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...More

6  Thank amcbride01
Reviewed April 25, 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...More

10  Thank MandMMiami
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...More

8  Thank bwoe
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...More

15  Thank Yak54
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