"Visit Sandy Bay" Macquarie Island Things to Do Tip by tiabunna

Macquarie Island Things to Do: 14 reviews and 35 photos

  Royal Penguins on beach at Sandy Bay
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  • Royal Penguins on beach at Sandy Bay - Macquarie Island
      Royal Penguins on beach at Sandy Bay
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  • Up the walkway to the Royal Penguin colony - Macquarie Island
      Up the walkway to the Royal Penguin colony
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  • Sandy Bay Royal Penguin colony - Macquarie Island
      Sandy Bay Royal Penguin colony
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Apart from the immediate station area, the Tasmanian Parks Department, which now administers Macquarie Island, allows visitors only to visit Sandy Bay, where there is a colony of King Penguins and a colony of Royal Penguins (plus assorted other penguins and seals). Fortunately this gives the chance for close views of the main forms of penguins on the island. There is a walkway to the Royal Penguin colony, which avoids any chance of disturbing the penguins and also is somewhat cleaner than using the small stream the penguins use as their access.

Update In 2007, it was reported that rabbits have undermined the staircase from the beach to the walkway to such an extent that there has been a landslip and the walkway is no longer usable - which means the penguin colony is considered 'out of reach' to tourists at present.

Address: East coast of Macquarie Island
Directions: A few km south of the station area.

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  • Updated May 26, 2007
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