The South Coast has an abundance of wildlife. For extra special encounters, visit Mogo Zoo and Birdland Animal Park and take advantage of their daily feeding times and displays.
Wildlife in Eurobodalla and Montague Island
Eurobodalla is a wildlife haven with some amazing and unique species across the region. We have the famous Eastern Grey Kangaroos likely found lazing on a local beach, that other famous icon on the aussie emblem, Emus at Tuross and surrounds, and the 'jewel in the crown', spectacular Montague Island.
Montague Island (Baranguba) is a world class, award-winning tourism attraction – a spectacular wildlife nature reserve nine kilometres offshore from the town of Narooma. With its imposing historic lighthouse no trip to the region is complete without a visit to the island, or a trip out to the island’s waters to snorkel amongst the fur seals. It’s an amazing and unforgettable experience. As you approach the island it may look as if seals’ dark flippers, which poke and bob out of the water, are greeting you. The seals are in fact cooling down by rolling on their side and waving a flipper in the air, but it looks nice and friendly and don’t be surprised if the person next to you waves back.
As well as the largest haul-out of Australian and New Zealand fur seals in New South Wales this island haven is, during breeding season, home to 70,000 birds, including the third-largest colony of Little Penguins along the east coast of Australia. Only Phillip and Gabo Islands in Victoria have more penguins. The Little Penguins are the smallest of all the penguins and maintain a population on Montague Island all year round. Watching them body surf back into the island after a day out at sea is as comical and as touching as anything you will see.
Day trips are available and there are packages that offer two or more night stays in the beautiful heritage lighthouse keepers’ quarters. While you are there you can choose to pitch in and help the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and other research organisations with the continuing conservation efforts on the island; monitoring penguins, building nesting boxes, or planting trees to replace the introduced kikuyu which can strangle the little birds and cover their burrows. You may also just choose to sit back and enjoy this special place, go for a few walks and take in some seasonal whale-watching in what is one of the most exclusive whale-watching spots along the east coast of Australia.
In 2008 Montague Island Tours, an eco-tourism partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, was inducted into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, after taking out the national Eco-tourism award three years running. Eco-tourism and conservation remain the theme for any visitors to the 82 hectare island and the NPWS continues to protect this wonderful environment, including the natural and man-made symbols of Aboriginal and European history.
Get hands on with wombats, koalas and snakes at Birdland Animal Park.
See rare exotic animals and endangered species or take a guided tour.