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Address: Tasmania, Australia
Phone Number: 03 6233 6728
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The ocean surrounding this volcanic island, which lies halfway between...

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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Macquarie Island

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2016
Rach0804
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars 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 expedition staff, along with the islands park rangers who accompanied us on our visits at... More 

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3 Thank Rach0804
New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 Sandy bay as gigantic elephant seals lumber past, King Penguins squawk and the endemic Royal... More 

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15 Thank AuspiciousDragon
Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 was a real treat. Visiting the crew on station was an absolute priviledge and gave... More 

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13 Thank TwoFP
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 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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12 Thank Richard M
Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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8 Thank Cheryl52Melbourne
Sydney, Australia
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 to land, it is worth the sacrifice. The normal rule of staying at least five... More 

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10 Thank MandMMiami
Vienna, Wien, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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8 Thank bwoe
Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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