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Our Islands

More than 300 islands surround the Tasmanian mainland, creating havens for wildlife and native flora.

Until recently many of Tasmania’s 334 offshore islands were a mystery. Aside from the larger ones such as Flinders, King, Maria, and Bruny, little was known of their animal life, vegetation and natural features.

We now know they are home to many species of seabirds, native birds, seals, reptiles and unusual vegetation, and each has unique characteristics and significant historical and natural features. Some are easily accessible and receive many visitors, while others remain isolated and, therefore, undisturbed.

Following the exploitation of some Tasmanian offshore islands during the last two centuries, awareness of their natural values increased and many were set aside as conservation reserves. You are asked not to visit these islands during breeding seasons and not to land where there are seals, pelicans, white-fronted terns, fairy terns or Australasian gannets.