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Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island's unique geological characteristics are the reason it's listed as World Heritage. It's the only island in the world composed of oceanic crust and mantle rocks. Unlike most of the world's smaller islands, it is not a volcanic plug, but the result of rocks squeezed through the earth's surface well over half a million years ago. Another unique feature, which distinguishes it from other sub-Antarctic islands, is that it has not been weathered by glaciers, but by waves.

This truly is one of the world's most remarkable places. Not only the geological features are extraordinary, but the flora and fauna are as diverse and numerous as it is distinct. The island is home to millions of royal, king, gentoo and rockhopper penguins, four species of albatross, an endemic sub-species of cormorant and four types of seal, as well as innumerable biogeographically distinct plants and marine invertebrates.

During the summer (November to March) tourists can visit Macquarie Island. However, this can only be done through official channels in company with authorised personnel. Check the website for more information http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/macquarie/index.html.

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