Hunter Island (Tasmania)

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Hunter Island
Hunter Island (Tasmania) is located in Tasmania
Hunter Island (Tasmania)
Hunter Island (Tasmania)
Geography
Coordinates 40°30′S 144°47′E / 40.500°S 144.783°E / -40.500; 144.783Coordinates: 40°30′S 144°47′E / 40.500°S 144.783°E / -40.500; 144.783
Country
Australia
State Tasmania
The island lies at the western end of Bass Strait between King Island and north-west Tasmania.
The island lies on the migration route of the orange-bellied parrot.

Hunter Island is an island in Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania in south-eastern Australia. It is located near Three Hummock Island, several kilometres off the north-west coast of Tasmania. The island is run as a cattle property and there is a homestead on the island. A privately owned barge is used for transport to Smithton on the north coast of Tasmania.

The East India Ship Phatisalam was wrecked on the island in 1821.

Birds[edit]

The island forms part of the Hunter Island Group Important Bird Area because it lies on the migration route of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot between south-west Tasmania and mainland south-eastern Australia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hunter Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/07/2011.