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Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island is an Australian island located in the Southern Ocean between Tasmania and Antarctica. It is part of the state of Tasmania and is a World Heritage Site. The island is approximately 34 km (21 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, with an area of 128 km2 (50 sq mi). It is the only place on Earth where two oceanic plates, the Pacific and the Indo-Australian, meet.

The island was discovered by the British navigator, Captain Frederick Hasselborough in 1810. It was named after the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. In 1881, the island was declared a wildlife sanctuary, and in 1933, it was declared a nature reserve.

The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, sea lions, penguins, albatrosses, and many species of seabirds. The island is also home to a variety of plants, including tussock grass, heath, and shrubs.

The island has a long history of human occupation. In the late 19th century, the island was used as a whaling and sealing base, and in the early 20th century, it was used as a base for scientific research. In 1948, the island became an Australian National Park and in 1997, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Today, Macquarie Island is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to view the island's unique wildlife, as well as its spectacular scenery. The island is also a popular destination for scientific research, with scientists from around the world coming to study the island's unique environment.

Excursion tips for a day in Macquarie Island

As a tourist in Macquarie Island, Australia, there are a variety of exciting activities to explore and experience. These include:

1. Hiking and camping – explore the breathtaking landscapes of Macquarie Island and take in the stunning views.

2. Wildlife watching – Macquarie Island is home to a variety of wildlife, including penguins, seals, and sea birds.

3. Boat tours – take a boat tour around the island and get up close and personal with some of the island’s most beautiful sights.

4. Bird watching – Macquarie Island is a haven for birdwatchers, with more than 40 species of sea birds.

5. Kayaking – explore the island’s coastline and take in the stunning views from the water.

6. Whale watching – Macquarie Island is a great spot for whale watching, with sightings of humpback, southern right, and minke whales.

7. Photography – capture the beauty of Macquarie Island and its wildlife with your camera.

8. Beachcombing – explore the beaches of Macquarie Island and discover its hidden treasures.

9. Visit the Macquarie Island Station – take a tour of the Macquarie Island Station and learn about the island’s history and culture.

Experience Macquarie Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Macquarie Island . Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island is located in the Southern Ocean, off the coast of Tasmania, Australia. The climate is quite cold and windy all year round, with temperatures rarely rising above freezing. In summer (December to February), the average temperature is between 0 and 3 degrees Celsius, with occasional warm days reaching up to 6 degrees Celsius. In winter (June to August), the average temperature is between -2 and -5 degrees Celsius, with occasional cold days dropping to -10 degrees Celsius. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are milder, with temperatures ranging from -2 to 3 degrees Celsius. The island is exposed to strong winds and frequent rain, snow and fog throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Macquarie Island

Our weather forecast for Macquarie Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Sep. 24th 2023 Sep. 24th 2023 max: 6.6 °C
min: 4 °C
61.6 m/s
89.6 m/s
100.0 %
23.8 m
86.5 %
1,013 hPa
Sep. 25th 2023 Sep. 25th 2023 max: 6.7 °C
min: 1.6 °C
60.1 m/s
87.8 m/s
99.8 %
18.2 m
88.0 %
996 hPa
Sep. 26th 2023 Sep. 26th 2023 max: 5.1 °C
min: 2.6 °C
51.8 m/s
69.8 m/s
41.3 %
23.9 m
73.9 %
1,009 hPa
Sep. 27th 2023 Sep. 27th 2023 max: 6.2 °C
min: 5.4 °C
62.9 m/s
89.5 m/s
99.8 %
22.3 m
84.4 %
1,005 hPa
Sep. 28th 2023 Sep. 28th 2023 max: 6.3 °C
min: 3 °C
63.4 m/s
91.4 m/s
77.5 %
21.1 m
83.7 %
988 hPa
Sep. 29th 2023 Sep. 29th 2023 max: 3.4 °C
min: 1.6 °C
46.2 m/s
54.7 m/s
90.2 %
23.6 m
69.7 %
997 hPa
Sep. 30th 2023 Sep. 30th 2023 max: 4.7 °C
min: 2.2 °C
55.8 m/s
73.4 m/s
88.2 %
21.0 m
82.5 %
998 hPa
Oct. 1st 2023 Oct. 1st 2023 max: 6.7 °C
min: 3.7 °C
55.4 m/s
87.1 m/s
94.0 %
20.1 m
87.6 %
993 hPa
Oct. 2nd 2023 Oct. 2nd 2023 max: 6.6 °C
min: 4.9 °C
64.8 m/s
92.9 m/s
75.4 %
22.2 m
84.2 %
982 hPa
Oct. 3rd 2023 Oct. 3rd 2023 max: 6.0 °C
min: 3.3 °C
70.2 m/s
93.2 m/s
83.2 %
23.9 m
77.5 %
977 hPa
Oct. 4th 2023 Oct. 4th 2023 max: 7.0 °C
min: 3.4 °C
65.5 m/s
97.9 m/s
96.3 %
20.2 m
84.1 %
979 hPa
Oct. 5th 2023 Oct. 5th 2023 max: 3.8 °C
min: 2.7 °C
69.8 m/s
94.3 m/s
61.4 %
23.3 m
73.2 %
985 hPa
Oct. 6th 2023 Oct. 6th 2023 max: 4.8 °C
min: 2 °C
59.8 m/s
77.0 m/s
60.3 %
18.2 m
73.1 %
1,002 hPa

Cruises to Macquarie Island

Would you like to travel to Macquarie Island on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Macquarie Island .

Scheduled ship calls in Macquarie Island , Australia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 24th 2024 Saturday, 24th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 13th 2024 Wednesday, 13th of Mar. 2024 SH Minerva 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 14th 2024 Thursday, 14th of Mar. 2024 SH Minerva 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 5th 2025 Sunday, 5th of Jan. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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