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Badger Island
Bruny Island
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Dart Island
Diamond Island
Fleurieu Group
Flinders Island
Furneaux Group
Governor Island
Isle of the Dead
King Island
Little Waterhouse Is
Maria Island
Mount Chappell Island
Sarah Island
Tamar Island
Three Hummock Island
Tasmania is often referred to as the ‘Apple Isle’, after one of its important produce, some years ago.

Tasmania is a land mass off the south east side of Australia. Surrounded by water, it is often talked about as an island, however, Tasmania is a State of Australia, and is often referred to as an ‘island state’.

Sharing the Bass Strait with Victoria, Tasmania is also surrounded by over 1,000 islands. In fact, Tasmania has more coastline than Victoria and New South Wales combined, in absolute terms. This can be explained by Tasmania highly indented coastline, large harbours and embayments, and the many major islands including King Island, the Furneaux Group, Maria Island, Bruny Island, Hunter Island, Three Hummock Island and Robbins Island. When you include the main island and Macquarie Island, Tasmania consists of 374 islands that are greater than 1 hectare in size and 6,163 islets smaller than 1 hectare1.

To see information about some of the beautiful islands surrounding Tasmania including Bruny Island, Flinders Island, and Maria Island, visit our TAS Islands or visit the Tasmania Islands Map.

Check out our listing of King Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Dart Island

Dart Island is located in Norfolk Bay. Sometimes called ‘Woody Island’, Dart Island was a semaphore station that was linked to Port Arthur in the 1800s. Messages were semaphored all the way through to Hobart Town. Part of the Tasman Island Group.
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Furneaux Group

The Furneaux Group of islands is located off the north east of Tasmania, click here to view the list of islands.
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Little Waterhouse Island

Located south-east of Waterhouse Island, is this 2.5 ha island. It is one of many important islands recognised for their diversity of seabird species including Sooty oystercatchers (Haematopus fuliginosus), Caspian terns (Sterna caspia), Little penguins (Eudyptula minor), Pacific gulls (Larus pacificus), Silver gulls (Larus novaehollandiae) and the Black-faced cormorants (Phalacrocorax fuscescens). It is also a intermittent breeding site for the Crested terns (Sterna bergii), as well as the roosting site for the Australian pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus).

The region the island is in, has significant Aboriginal heritage values, with some of the surrounding islands being used by the Aboriginal people, however there is no specific reference to Little Waterhouse Island. It is known that the North East Tribe extended along the coast from east of the Tamar River to Cape Portland and it is believed that the Ben Lomond Tribe also had access to the north-east coast.

The area is used for recreational boating, sea kayaking, fishing and diving.

Source: Parks & Wildlife,
Small North-East Islands Draft Management Plan - July 2002

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North-East Offshore Islands Region

Many of the small offshore islands in the north-east region of Tasmania are significant breeding sanctuaries for a diversity of seabirds species. Because of their isolation and in some cases, the absence of mammals, many of the islands are also home to unique or endemic species of flora and fauna. More information can be found in the Small North-East Islands Draft Management Plan.

The islands identified in the region with significant seabird breeding sites include:

  • Baynes Island
  • Bird Rock
  • Diamond Island (Nature Reserve)
  • Governor Island (Nature Reserve)
  • Little Christmas Island
  • Little Swan Island
  • Little Waterhouse Island
  • George Rocks Nature Reserve
  • St Helens Island (part of St Helens Point Conservation Area)

Other significant small islands off the north-east coast of Tasmania include:

  • The Nuggets
  • Refuge Island
  • Taillefer Rocks
  • Schouten Island
  • Picnic Island (private property)

Source: Parks & Wildlife - Small North-East Islands Draft Management Plan - July 2002

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Three Hummock Island

The peaks of Three Hummock Island from the summit of the Nut at Stanley.

From the summit of the Nut in Stanley, you can see three peaks in the distance of Bass Strait, which belong to Three Hummock Island and named by Bass and Flinders in 1798.


1. Tasmania’s Coastline and Coastal Waters, Updated by Richard Mount, Ste of Environment Data Coordinator, Resource Planning and Development Commission, 9 May 2001. Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved July 23, 2007, Tasmanian Coastline and Coastal Waters Calculation_12052001.pdf
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