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The rookery roundabout at Muttonbird Island

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve


School excursions in NSW national parks

We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.

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Explore Muttonbird Island on The rookery roundabout, a Stage 1 (Years 1-2) science and technology excursion. Students will see an active nesting rookery for thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) and learn about their fascinating lifecycle. 

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These birds are renowned for their annual migration, travelling halfway around the world to breed. We’ll discuss this incredible feat and the unique adaptations that support their journey across the open sea. 

Students will explore the geographical features and characteristics of Muttonbird Island. We’ll discuss how the nature reserve preserves this important breeding ground, and how this environment has been managed over generations. 

Students will learn about the traditional Gumbaynggirr People and their deep connection to this Country. We’ll learn the words Giidany Miirlarl, meaning ‘moon sacred place’.

Students will come away with a renewed connection to the fascinating living world that surrounds them. This excursion is designed to support the K-6 Science and Technology syllabus’ Living World topic.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST1-1WS-S. Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas and comparing what they and others know

ST1-4LW-S. Describes observable features of living things and their environments

ST1-5LW-T. Identifies how plants and animals are used for food and fibre products


Students will:

  • Visit an active nesting rookery for muttonbirds
  • Examine unique animal adaptations and discuss the demands their breeding cycle places on them
  • Examine the local environment at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve and learn what’s involved in its preservation and management
  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the deep connections that the Gumbaynggirr People have to the land, sea and animals of this place.

Excursion details


By arrangement.

Guided. Available on request.
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
The outdoor learning centre base of Muttonbird Island
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