Cheap flights from Heard and McDonald Islands
Flights from Heard and McDonald Islands
Considered as one of the wildest places on earth, Heard and McDonald Islands is made up of two major islands – Heard Island and McDonald Island – and the smaller Shag Island north of Heard, in the Southern Ocean, approximately two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica. The islands are an external territory of Australia and a volcanic group of desolate Antarctic islands. The total area covered by the islands is 372km2, with 101.9km of coastline. The country was discovered in the mid-19th century and has been an Australian territory since 1947. The islands house the only two active volcanoes in Australian territory.
On Heard Island are the large massif Big Ben and the active volcano Mawson Peak, the summit of which towers over any mountain on the Australian mainland. The bleak and mountainous island with glacier-covered mountains takes up an area of 367km2.
About 44km west of Heard Island are the small, rocky, and actively volcanic McDonald Islands, which consists of the main McDonald Island and the smaller Flat Island and Meyer Rock. They have a total area of about 2.5km2.
The islands are among the most remote places in the world and currently remain uninhabited.
Regardless, the territory is noted for being the only sub-Antarctic island group with an in intact ecosystem; it contains no known species that were introduced by humans, and the evolution of both flora and fauna are ongoing in a natural state. Because of the absence of man and the flourishing and nurturing environment, there are vast numbers of seals and penguins on its beaches. Heard Island contains four types of penguins.
Heard and McDonald Islands is listed as a World Heritage Site in 1997.
Where to go
As the island is inhabited and human visits to the area are very limited, there are no commercial destinations in any of the islands.
There are no passenger airports on any of the islands; therefore there are no short haul flights available from Heard and McDonald Islands.
There are no passenger airports on any of the islands; therefore there are no long haul flights available from Heard and McDonald Islands.
How to get out
Heard and McDonald Islands are not accessible to most civilians. The only possible way to be granted access into the islands is mounting or an expedition, but this is not guaranteed. Any trip to the islands will require careful planning and preparation, and most importantly, permission to land from the Australian Antarctic Division.
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