Elizabeth Island (Victoria)

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Map of French Island, with much smaller Elizabeth Island close south

Elizabeth Island lies just south of French Island in Western Port, Victoria, south-eastern Australia. It is over 65 acres (26 ha) in area and is an unincorporated area[1] of Victoria, one of the few privately owned, freehold islands in Victoria. It is separated from French Island by intertidal mudflats and a small channel. Once used for farming, it has been converted into a holiday retreat, with the establishment of a pier and housing facilities. Access is via boat or helicopter, and the island is also serviced by the French Island barge. It is currently a private residence, with plans to establish holiday cabins in 2013.

Environment[edit]

The island has very fertile volcanic soil, and is covered mostly in native grass, with areas of native trees and shrubs, and a few large pine trees. The island is undergoing a revegetation program. There are a variety of bird species on and around the island, and the mudflat area off the eastern coast provides a feeding ground for native swans and other birds when the tide is very low. The White-bellied Sea Eagle can be seen on the island at times, and nests on nearby French Island. The shoreline consists of pebblestone beach, with areas of mangroves, sandstone, larger rocks, and some small areas of sand. There are a number of rock pools, and the intertidal zone is a fertile area for various fauna. There is also a small rocky peninsula on the south eastern corner of the island, with mangroves and grasses. This area becomes separated at high tide.

History[edit]

The island bears the remnants of a shipwreck on its western beach, believed to be the rescue boat off a German ship. A former owner crashed his airplane on French Island attempting to view Elizabeth Island, having recently purchased it in a bar.

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Coordinates: 38°25′00″S 145°22′08″E / 38.4168°S 145.3690°E / -38.4168; 145.3690