Surprising Australian island that’s been ranked the third most remote and beautiful place in the world
- Pristine Macquarie Island number three on travel list
- Rugged island located between Australia, NZ and Antarctica
A little known Australian island has been named as one of the most beautiful and remote places on Earth by a popular travel site.
Macquarie Island – located in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean at the midway point between Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica – was put at number three on Big 7 Travel’s list.
The island, which is home to vast colonies of penguins and seals, is politically a part of Tasmania since 1900 and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997.
The world’s entire population of royal penguins descends onto Macquarie Island during nesting season
Dog trainer Steve Austin (left) and an colleague walk on Macquarie Island with two working Springer Spaniels trained to find rabbits as part of conservation efforts
The island is a pristine paradise for penguins, seals and seabirds
The Australian Antarctic Division has maintained a base on the island since 1948 which is inhabited by between 20 to 40 people at any one time, the island’s only humans which include scientists, researchers, cooks, cleaners and doctors.
No planes visit the island and the only way to get there is by sea, though there is a helipad used strictly for short trips between the island and large ships docked off the coast.
Visitors are allowed on the rugged 34km by 5km island but places are very limited, with only a few educational tourist voyages venturing there a year, and only in the summer.
But is remoteness and absence of other people is one of the major drawcards which those who venture to the island love.
It is also the only place on the planet where the Earth’s mantle is visible above ocean waters.
The island is located midway between Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica
The Australian Antarctic Division has a permanent base on the island manned by about 20 to 40 people
The UNESCO world heritage listed island is the only place where the Earth’s mantle is visible above the ocean
In recent years successful conservation efforts have been focused on eradicating invasive rabbits, rodents, and cats that were introduced by explorers and were wiping out local flora and fauna.
The conservation push is a far cry from its early human history in which Tasmania and New Zealand fought over who would own the island so they could hunt the penguin population for oil.
This was stopped when the island was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1933 under Tasmanian law.
Other remote paradises that made Big 7’s list include Blue Eye in Albania, White Desert Whichaway Camp in Antarctica, and Anegada in the British Virgin Islands.
An elephant seal relaxes in front of a group of royal penguins
BIG 7 TRAVEL LIST OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND REMOTE PLACES ON THE PLANET
1. Blue Eye, Albania
Blue Eye in Albania was named as the number one most remote and beautiful spot in the world by the travel site
2. White Desert Whichaway Camp, Antarctica
3. Macquarie Island, Australia
4. Laya, Bhutan
Laya in Bhutan made number 4, the country neighbours Nepal
5. Pinnacles of Gunung, Mulu National Park, Borneo
6. Sandibe Okavango, Botswana
7. Pitcairn Island, British Overseas Territory
8. Anegada, British Virgin Islands
9. Ivvavik National Park, Canada
10. Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile
The remainder of the list can be viewed here.
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