For many centuries the island was a summer hunting ground for aborigines of the North West tribe who reached the island by swimming across five kilometres of open water from nearby Hunter Island.

Its European discoverers were Bass and Flinders who named the island in 1798. More explorers, shipwrecked mariners and sailors followed.  

Giuseppe Garibaldi, the famous uniter of Italy, landed on the island in 1852 and left it with this accolade:

“O desert island of the Hunter Group – how many times have you pleasantly excited my imagination. When tired of this civilized society, so full of tyrants and gendarmes, I have often transported myself in my imagination into your gracious bosom.”

In 1978 the majority of the 7,400 hectares was declared a Nature Reserve.

    Please contact the Managers, John and Beverley O’Brien, for more information

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