Wedge Island (Tasmania)

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This article is about the Wedge Island located in Tasmania. For other uses, see Wedge Island.

Wedge Island is an island, with an area of 43 ha, on the south-eastern coast of Tasmania.

It is part of the Tasman Island Group, lying close to the south-eastern coast around the Tasman Peninsula. It is formed of Jurassic dolerite.[1]


Recorded breeding seabird species are little penguin and short-tailed shearwater. The island was previously used for sheep grazing, and was regularly burnt. The sheep were removed in 1986. There were also large numbers of European rabbits, now exterminated. Cats were introduced in the 1970s to control the rabbits, and a population of feral cats remains on the island.[1][2]

It is close to a proposed marine farming zone.[3]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Beh, Jay Chin Liang (1995), The winter ecology of the feral cat, Felis catus (Linnaeus 1758), at Wedge Island, Tasmania, retrieved 4 March 2014 
  3. ^ Lucieer, V; Pender, A (2014), An environmental assessment of a proposed marine farming zone west of Wedge Island, South Eastern Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, retrieved 3 April 2015 

Coordinates: 43°08′S 147°40′E / 43.133°S 147.667°E / -43.133; 147.667