Hunter Island (Tasmania)

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Hunter Island
Hunter Island is located in Tasmania
Hunter Island
Hunter Island
Location of the Hunter Island in Bass Strait
Location Bass Strait
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
Archipelago Hunter Island Group
Area 7,330 ha (18,100 acres)
Length 25 km (15.5 mi)
Width 6.5 km (4.04 mi)
State Tasmania

The Hunter Island, the main island of the Hunter Island Group, is a 7,330-hectare (18,100-acre) island, located in Bass Strait, that lies between King Island and north-west Tasmania, Australia.

The island 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 island is approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) long, and 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) wide at its widest point.

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


The island lies on the migration route of the orange-bellied parrot.

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]

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  1. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hunter Island Group. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved November 18, 2012.  on 09/07/2011.