Heard Mcdonald

 

These uninhabited, barren, sub-Antarctic islands were transferred from the UK to Australia in 1947. Populated by large numbers of seal and bird species, the islands have been designated a nature preserve.

 

Geography:
Location: islands in the Indian Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica
Geographic coordinates: 53 06 S, 72 31 E
People:
Uninhabited
Government:
Country name: conventional long form: Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands

conventional short form: Heard Island and McDonald Islands

abbreviation: HIMI

Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Communications:
.HM
Transportation:
None; offshore anchorage only
Military:
Defence is the responsibility of Australia; Australia conducts fisheries patrols

Economy:

The islands have no indigenous economic activity, but the Australian Government allows limited fishing in the surrounding waters.