Goose Island (Tasmania)

The Goose Island, part of the Badger Group within the Furneaux Group, is a 109-hectare (270-acre) unpopulated elongated granite island, located in Bass Strait, lying west of the Flinders and Cape Barren islands, Tasmania, south of Victoria, in south-eastern Australia.[1][2]

Goose Island
Goose Island is located in Tasmania
Goose Island
Goose Island
Location of the Goose Island in Bass Strait
Geography
LocationBass Strait
Coordinates40°17′24″S 147°47′24″E / 40.29000°S 147.79000°E / -40.29000; 147.79000Coordinates: 40°17′24″S 147°47′24″E / 40.29000°S 147.79000°E / -40.29000; 147.79000
ArchipelagoBadger Group, part of the Furneaux Group
Area109 ha (270 acres)
Administration
Australia
StateTasmania

The Goose Island Lighthouse is at the narrow southern end, and is a conservation area. The island is also part of the Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups Important Bird Area.[3]

Flora and faunaEdit

There are patches of the introduced noxious weed African boxthorn at the wider northern end of the island. Otherwise the flora is dominated by mats of Aizoaceae succulents, Poa and Stipa, with some Acacia and Leptospermum woody plants.

Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, Pacific gull, silver gull and sooty oystercatcher. Reptiles present include the metallic skink and spotted skink.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Goose Island (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ "Small Bass Strait Island Reserves. Draft Management Plan". Department of Primary Industries,Water and Environment, Tasmanian Government. October 2000. Archived from the original on 30 March 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  3. ^ "IBA: Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ 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