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Furneaux Group of Islands - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Badger Island
• Chappell Islands
• Flinders Island
• Mount Chappell Island
Other towns, villages and localities in the Furneaux Group of Islands include:
• Anderson Island
• Andersons Islands
• Babel Island
• Big Green Island
• Cat Island
• Cape Barren Island
• Chalky Island
• Clarke Island
• East Kangaroo Island
• Forsyth Island
• Goose Island
• Great Dog Island
• Gull Island
• Inner Sister Island
• Isabella Island
• Little Dog Island
• Little Green Island
• Long Island
• Night Island
• Outer Sister Island
• Passage Island
• Preservation Island
• Prime Seal Island
• Roydon Island
• Rum Island
• South Pasco Island
• Store Island
• Tin Kettle Island
• Vansittart Island
• West Sister Island
• Wybalenna Island
The Furneaux Group of islands is a group of 52 islands located north east of Tasmania, at the eastern end of the Bass Strait, between Victoria on the main land and Tasmania. The largest of the group of islands is Flinders Island, followed by Cape barren Island and Clarke Island.

Named after British navigator Tobias Furneaux, who sighted the eastern side of the islands when leaving Adventure Bay in 1773 on his way to rejoin James Cook in New Zealand. It wasn't until 1798 when Matthew Flinders arrived to explore the island group

The Furneaux Group has a maritime climate with rainfall averaging anywhere from about 600 mm to over 800 mm. A generally mild climate it is of course located in the Bass Strait and subject to the infamous ‘Roaring Forties’ with coastal waters being exposed to high seas and strong and variable westerly winds that can blow unabated for several days during the late winter and spring.

Approximately a third of the islands are dominated by ridges of granite, including the striking features of the southern part of the Strzelecki Range, Darling Range, Mt Killiecrankie, the Patriarchs (Flinders Island) and the higher parts of Cape Barren Island. Half of the islands in the group are coastal sand dunes. Estuarine beds composed of sands, clays and gravels can be found in the many low lying areas with many lagoons existing on the eastern coast of Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island, being filled by the seasonally winter rains.

With such variety of land formation and variable environmental conditions there are over 800 species of plant to be found across the Furneaux Group of Islands. The islands also have a scientific significance being that they form a ‘species boundary’, ie being the southern-most location for some species and the northern-most location for others.

The Furneaux Group is one of four groups of islands in this area of the Bass Strait, the others being Curtis, Hogan and Kent Groups. The Furneaux Group contains the only islands with permanent residents, the Flinders Island, Cape Barren Island and Clarke Islands. Flinders Island has the largest population.

Source: Flinders Council

More information is available from the local tourism visitor centre, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Flinders Council.

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Badger Island

Badger Island and Mount Chappell Island was handed back to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as part of the land settlement in 1996. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre declared Badger Island, along with Chappell Island as Indigenous Protected Areas in September 2000.

Of significant cultural heritage value, the islands once had a sustainable harvest of button birds and seals. However, the prior exploitation of the island natural resources by Europeans, as well as the degradation of the land by grazing, has seen the island suffer. Mutton birds numbers were further reduce as a result of weed incursion, predation by cats, competition with Cape Barren Geese and sheep, and burning by graziers to promote grass growth for their sheep.

Current projects on both Badger and Mount Chappell Islands are focussed on weed and feral animal control, revegetation and the development of jetty/landing facilities and shelters. The upgrade of access and the establishment of shelters enable work crews from the Aboriginal community to take equipment to the island and to stay on the island whilst undertaking a range of conservation and rehabilitation works. A small nursery is being established to enable local species propagation for revegetation activities.

Source: Dept of the Environment and Heritage - Mt Chappell and Badger Islands

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Mount Chappell Island

Mount Chappell Island is a small pyramid shaped island named by Matthew Flinders after his wife Anne Chappell, who was still in England at the time. Not far from Mount Chappell Island are Chappell Islands.

Also see Badger Island.

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Furneaux Group of Islands Other Links

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Parks & Wildlife Service • Marine Reserves
• Check out the Visitor's Guide to Tasmania's Marine Reserves - has information on the Kent group Marine Reserve.
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