Ile du Golfe

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Ile du Golfe
Ile Du Golfe map.png
A map of Ile Du Golfe
Ile du Golfe is located in Tasmania
Ile du Golfe
Ile du Golfe
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
LocationSouth West Tasmania
Coordinates43°34′12″S 146°31′12″E / 43.57000°S 146.52000°E / -43.57000; 146.52000Coordinates: 43°34′12″S 146°31′12″E / 43.57000°S 146.52000°E / -43.57000; 146.52000
ArchipelagoMaatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of waterSouthern Ocean
Area68 ha (170 acres)[1]
Highest elevation156 m (512 ft)
RegionSouth West

The Ile du Golfe is a limestone island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. The long, narrow dolphin-shaped 68-hectare (0.26 sq mi) island is part of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, and comprises part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

The island's highest point is 156 metres (512 ft) above sea level.


The island is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance as a breeding site for seabirds.[3] Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the little penguin, short-tailed shearwater (134,000 pairs), fairy prion (356,000 pairs), Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher and black-faced cormorant. The swamp antechinus has been recorded. Reptiles present include the Tasmanian tree skink, metallic skink and three-lined skink.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. 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. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from on 09/08/2011.