Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Australian external territory and volcanic group of barren Antarctic islands

The Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands (abbreviated as HIMI [1]) is a territory of Australia. They are islands in the Indian Ocean. They are about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica.[2]

The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3]



The islands were discovered in 1833 by the British sailor Peter Kemp. They have been territories of Australia since 1947.



Big Ben is an active volcano.[4] The volcano is also known as "Mawson Peak".

The group's size is 372 km² in area.


  1. Commonwealth of Australia. "About Heard Island - Human Activities". Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2006-10-21.
  2. 7718 km location
  3. UNESCO, "Heard and McDonald Islands". Retrieved 2012-4-20. Archived 2009-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Australian government, "Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Landforms"; retrieved 2012-6-14.

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