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This three-part series presented by ABC reporter Tracy Bowden explores three unique Australian islands from the Sub Antarctic to the Sub Tropics and to the South Pacific.
Australia's Remote Islands - Ep 1 - Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia is a speck in the middle of the Tasman Sea home to only 350 people; the world's most southern coral reef; and the kentia palm, the locals call it paradise. 14 different species of sea birds come here to breed but pollution from the outside world is being swept into the seas surrounding Lord Howe, and threatening the rare bird and marine life.
Australia's Remote Islands - Ep 2 - Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island is half way between Australia and Antarctica. This patch of green in the vast southern ocean is home to a Research base for Australia's Antarctic division. Its other inhabitants range from inquisitive penguins, to seals, to seabirds. But this world heritage listed island is waging war against an introduced species.
Australia's Remote Islands - Ep 3 - Norfolk Island
In the South Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Island has a fascinating - and brutal - history of convicts and mutineers. Many of its people are direct descendants of Fletcher Christian and his bounty mutineers. With its colourful history and quirky style of government, the island has relied heavily on tourism for income. But the GFC took a heavy toll. The fiercely independent islanders are now being forced to turn to the mainland for help.