Big Caroline Rock

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Big Caroline Rock
Big Caroline Rock is located in Tasmania
Big Caroline Rock
Big Caroline Rock
Location off the south western coast of Tasmania
Location South western Tasmania
Coordinates 43°21′36″S 145°54′36″E / 43.36000°S 145.91000°E / -43.36000; 145.91000Coordinates: 43°21′36″S 145°54′36″E / 43.36000°S 145.91000°E / -43.36000; 145.91000
Archipelago Swainson Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of water
Area 2.2 ha (5.4 acres)[1]
State Tasmania
Region South West
Population Unpopulated

The Big Caroline Rock is an unpopulated island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. Situated near where the mouth of Port Davey meets the Southern Ocean, the 2.2-hectare (5.4-acre) island is part of the Swainson Islands Group, and comprises part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]


The island is part of the Port Davey Islands Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance for breeding seabirds.[3] Recorded breeding seabird species are the short-tailed shearwater (15,000 pairs), fairy prion (1-2000 pairs) and silver gull. The Tasmanian tree skink is also present.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. p. 26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; Halley, Vanessa (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Hobart: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X. 
  3. ^ "IBA: Port Davey Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-19.