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Population 0
Time zone UTC+08:00

Ashmore and Cartier Islands are a territory off the northwest coast of Australia.


These uninhabited islands came under Australian authority in 1931; formal administration began two years later. Ashmore Reef supports a rich and diverse avian and marine habitat; in 1983 it became a National Nature Reserve. Cartier Island, a former bombing range, is now a marine reserve. This is a difficult travel destination due to restrictions on access and being in the area of illegal boat movements.

Understanding its location is a useful reference point for understanding boats and their passage between Indonesia and Australia. Monitoring of, or patrolling of the location is, in all probability, a part of the Australian government's policies of controlling illegal immigration.


There is mostly no-one to talk to given the islands are uninhabited, although you may come across Australian officials speaking English or Indonesian fisherman speaking Rotinese or other eastern Indonesian languages.

Get in[edit]

It is a protected area. A permit from the Australian government is needed for civilians to set foot on the islands.

By plane[edit]

No landing strip available

By boat[edit]

Not relevant due to status

Get around[edit]


There are no facilities on the islands



Stay safe[edit]

Noting status of water supply, and low lying nature of the islands, best to keep away.

Stay healthy[edit]

The wells that may be available have cholera present.

Go next[edit]

If due to an accident you find yourself in the area of these islands and their reefs - the Indonesian island of Roti is 144 km north, and Australia's north west coast is over 300 km to the south.

  • Indonesia
  • Australian mainland
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