Macquarie Island sits in the southwest pacific ocean, about halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. It became a Tasmanian State in 1978 and was added to the world heritage list in 1997.
The Island is home to many beautiful native animals including, Elephant seals, Hooker’s sea lions, Fur seals, King penguins, Royal penguins, Gentoo penguins, Rockhopper penguins and Albatrosses.
How big is Macquarie Island?
Macquarie Island is a small island that is approximately 128 km2
As well as animals Macquarie Island is home to many beautiful native plants like Poa foliosa, Stilbocarpa polaris, Colobanthus muscoides – showing seed, Ranunculus crassipes, Cardamine corymbosa, Luzula crinita and Aceana magellanica.
How and when was it found?
Frederick Hasselborough discovered the uninhabited island accidentally on 11 July 1810 when looking for new sealing grounds.
Why was it named Macquarie Island?
The island took its name after Colonel Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821.
World heritage list-A list of places which is protected and can not be destroyed to build new things.
Native-living things that are naturally from that place