Macquarie Island is a national park and is managed by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service. It is approximately 34 km long and 5.5 km wide at its broadest point. You will notice all the faults, it is an "young" island and still emerging from the sea. It is rising at a rate of about 0.8 mm per year.
Since 1948 there has been an Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition base on the island, supported by the Australian Antarctic Division.
Before going ashore, we learn about the history and wildlife found on the island. We have to scrub our boots and the "feet" of our tripods with a bleach solution to kill soil borne diseases. Boots must have no soil on them. We vacuum our coat pockets and our packs to really make sure we don't accidentally leave behind any rubbish or seeds which could become weeds on the island.
The rules are strict. It is a national park and any historic artefacts are to be left exactly where they are found and nothing is to be taken from the island, not even the rocks! We travel to shore eight at a time in rubber boats called Naiads.
Next - We leave behind the huge numbers of birds and seals and continue our journey south.