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Coordinates: 23°0′S 150°0′W / 23°S 150°W / -23; -150

Austral Islands
Native name: Îles Australes
Flag of the Austral Islands.svg
Flag of the Austral Islands
Location Pacific Ocean
Archipelago Polynesia
Total islands 7
Major islands Îles Maria, Rimatara, Rapa Iti, Tubuai
Area 148 km²
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Largest city Rurutu (pop. 2,088)
Population 6,310[1] (as of Aug. 2007 census)
Density 43 /km2 (110 /sq mi)
Map of the Austral Islands

The Austral Islands (French: Îles Australes or Archipel des Australes) are the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the South Pacific. Geographically, the Austral Islands consist of two separate archipelagos. From northwest to southeast they are:

The islands of Maria and Marotiri are not suitable for sustained habitation. Several of the islands have uninhabited islets or rocks off their coastlines.

In administrative terms, the Austral Islands (including the Bass Islands) constitute an administrative subdivision, the Austral Islands (subdivision administrative des (Îles) Australes), one of French Polynesia's five administrative subdivisions (subdivision administratives). Geographically, the administrative subdivision of the Austral Islands is identical with the electoral district of the Austral Islands (circonscription des Îles Australes), one of French Polynesia's six electoral districts (circonsriptions électorales) for the Assembly of French Polynesia.

The capital of the Austral Islands administrative subdivision is Tubuai.

See also


  1. ^ (French) Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF). "Recensement de la population 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-02.  

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Oceania : French Polynesia : Austral Islands

The Austral Islands of French Polynesia consist of the Tubuai Islands and the Bass Islands.


Bass Islands

The Bass Islands consist of

  • Iles Maria
  • Rimatara
  • Rurutu
  • Tubuai
  • Raevavae

Tubuai Islands

The Tubuai Islands consist of

  • Rapa
  • Marotiri island
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