Kathleen Island

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Kathleen Island
Kathleen Island is located in Tasmania
Kathleen Island
Kathleen Island
Location off the south western coast of Tasmania
Location Port Davey
Coordinates 43°18′00″S 145°57′36″E / 43.30000°S 145.96000°E / -43.30000; 145.96000Coordinates: 43°18′00″S 145°57′36″E / 43.30000°S 145.96000°E / -43.30000; 145.96000
Archipelago Breaksea Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of water Southern Ocean
Area 11.35 ha (28.0 acres)
Highest elevation 72 m (236 ft)
State Tasmania
Region South West
Population 0

Kathleen Island is a steeply cliffed island that lies within Port Davey, an oceanic inlet, located in the south west region of Tasmania, Australia.[1] The island has an area of approximately 11.35 hectares (28.0 acres) and is contained with the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site and the Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour Marine Nature Reserve.[2]

Features and location[edit]

Part of the Breaksea Islands Group, Kathleen Island has an elevation of approximately 72 metres (236 ft) above sea level. The island is almost split by a deep gulch.[3][4]

Kathleen island is part of the Port Davey Islands Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance for breeding seabirds.[5] Most of the island is covered by thick scrub and rainforest. Recorded breeding seabird species are the little penguin (1-200 pairs) and short-tailed shearwater (67,000 pairs). Burrowing seabirds have caused erosion in places. The metallic skink is present.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kathleen Island (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour Marine Nature Reserve". Sea Fishing & Aquaculture: Area Restrictions: Marine Reserves. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmanian Government. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "IBA: Port Davey Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.