Big Green Island

The Big Green Island, part of the Big Green Group within the Furneaux Group, is a 122-hectare (300-acre) granite island with limestone and dolerite outcrops, located in Bass Strait west of Flinders Island, in Tasmania, in south-eastern Australia.[1] The island is partly contained within a nature reserve with the rest being used for farming;[2] and is part of the Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups Important Bird Area.[3]

Big Green Island
Big Green Island is located in Tasmania
Big Green Island
Big Green Island
Location of the Big Green Island in Bass Strait
LocationBass Strait
Coordinates40°10′48″S 147°58′12″E / 40.18000°S 147.97000°E / -40.18000; 147.97000Coordinates: 40°10′48″S 147°58′12″E / 40.18000°S 147.97000°E / -40.18000; 147.97000
ArchipelagoBig Green Group, part of the Furneaux Group
Area122 ha (300 acres)

Besides the Big Green Island, other islands that comprise the Big Green Group include the Chalky, East Kangaroo, Isabella, Little Chalky and Mile islands.


Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher, pied oystercatcher, black-faced cormorant and Caspian tern. Cape Barren geese also breed on the island. Reptiles present include the metallic skink and Bougainville's skink. Rats are common.[2]

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  1. ^ "Big Green Island (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  3. ^ "IBA: Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.