Why Visit Heard and McDonald Islands – Best places to see in Australia

Heard Island and McDonald Islands are located in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,700 km from the Antarctic continent and 4,100 km south-west of Perth. As the only volcanically active subantarctic islands they ‘open a window into the earth’, thus providing the opportunity to observe ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics. The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald to one of the world’s rare pristine island ecosystems to lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact.

Heard and McDonald Islands – How to get there

Visiting these islands will require careful planning and preparation as there are no permanent human inhabitants. Access will require either mounting or joining an expion. Because of the islands’ status as a nature reserve, permission to land from the Australian Antarctic Division will be necessary; landings can only be made on the McDonald Islands for “compelling scientific reasons”.