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Muttonbirds by moonlight

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve


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Muttonbirds by moonlight is a Stage 6 (Years 11-12) school excursion at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, which covers geography as a KLA. Experience a guided walk across the island as evening falls, to observe the daily return of thousands of wedge-tail shearwaters (muttonbirds) to their nesting burrows, where hungry partners or chicks await.

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Students learn about the ecology of this far-travelling sea bird and identify issues that place this ecosystem at risk. This is a very significant cultural site for the Gumbaynggirr People and students will gain unique insights into the cultural connections between the island, its nesting birds and Aboriginal culture.

Geography: Ecosystems at Risk.

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

Stage Stage 6 (Years 11-12)
Key learning area Geography

Excursion details


By arrangement. Only available between August and April when the shearwaters are present on the island.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
1hr 30min

$265 per group (includes GST). Maximum 20 students per group. For groups over 20 conditions apply.

If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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  • School excursion inquiries - North Coast
  • 02 6657 2309
  • 02 6657 2145

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Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia