Ashmore and Cartier Islands

The Ashmore and Cartier islands lie in the far eastern Indian Ocean between Indonesia and Australia, of which they are a territory. They are uninhabited and a protected area and are only 5 km2. A permit is required from the Australian government to access the islands. It has a diverse range of birds and other species, undisturbed by human activity.

It was excluded from the Australian Migration Zone along with nearby (nearby being a relative term) Christmas Island in 2001 after a heated immigration debate. There is no port or anchorage on the reef. Cartier Island was a former bombing range.

Place (Australia)

Ashmore and Cartier Islands flag

Why you should go:

You got the permit.

Why you shouldn't:

It's probably not worth the effort.

Map of Ashmore and Cartier Islands