Swan Island (Tasmania)

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Swan Island, viewed from the east.

Swan Island is a granite island, with an area of 239 ha (591 ac; 0.92 mi²), is part of the Waterhouse Island Group, lying close to the north-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Part of the island is privately owned and it contains an automated lighthouse, several houses and an airstrip. It has previously been subject to grazing by livestock.[1] Several shipwrecks have been recorded here of vessels passing through Banks Strait; Brenda (1832), Mystery (1850), Union (1852).


Swan Island forms part of the Cape Portland Important Bird Area.[2] Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher, pied oystercatcher, hooded plover, Caspian tern and crested tern. Cape Barren geese also nest on the island. Reptiles present include the metallic skink, White's skink, Bougainville's skink and tiger snake. European rabbits and house mice are present.[1]

Other islands in the Waterhouse Group with breeding seabirds include:[1]


  1. ^ a b c 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
  2. ^ "IBA: Cape Portland". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 

Coordinates: 40°44′S 148°06′E / 40.733°S 148.100°E / -40.733; 148.100