Needle Rocks

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Needle Rocks
Nickname: The Needles
Maatsuyker Island Map.png
Detailed map of Needle Rocks, with Maatsuyker Island, Walker Island and Western Rocks
Needle Rocks is located in Tasmania
Needle Rocks
Needle Rocks
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
LocationSouth West Tasmania
Coordinates43°39′45″S 146°15′19″E / 43.66250°S 146.25528°E / -43.66250; 146.25528Coordinates: 43°39′45″S 146°15′19″E / 43.66250°S 146.25528°E / -43.66250; 146.25528
ArchipelagoMaatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of waterSouthern Ocean
Area10.5 ha (26 acres)[1]
RegionSouth West

The Needle Rocks, also known as the Needles, are a group of five main rock islets located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. With a combined area of approximately 10.5 hectares (0.041 sq mi), the islets are part of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, and comprise part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

The Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse is located on Maatsuyker Island and illuminates the Needle Rocks.


The vegetation is dominated by the pig face, a succulent plant.

The islets are 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 (40 pairs), short-tailed shearwater (860 pairs), fairy prion (10,600 pairs), Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher and black-faced cormorant. The metallic skink is present. Up to 1200 Australian fur seals use the rocks as a regular haul-out site.[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.