3 September 2018
New South Wales is spoiled with some of Australia’s most fascinating wildlife. Eurobodalla, on the state’s South Coast, home to echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, and yellow-bellied sugar gliders, but that’s just the start.
In the water, you’ll also find humpback whales, grey nurse sharks, fur seals, and beautiful schools of fish. Visitors to Eurobodalla don’t have to go far to meet some of the country’s most famous wildlife.
Montague Island, situated nine kilometres off the coast of Narooma, is considered one of the region’s gems for encountering wildlife. The island is home to the state’s largest fur seal colonies, a spectacle that will take your breath away. On land, you may get to watch little penguins waddle onto the island, while the sky plays backdrop for over 90 bird species. Under the water, you might find a range of marine life like grey nurse sharks and stingrays. Off the coast, humpback whales make their annual migration from May to November.
Montague Island is a diverse wildlife reserve, and that’s what makes it so astounding to visit. A number of different excursions are available through the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Choose between whale watching tours, seal and snorkel tours, and penguin tours.
Stretching from Moruya Head to Mystery Bay, Eurobodalla National Park has a little something for everyone. Keen surfers can hit the waves at Broulee Beach, while water-lovers of all kinds can enjoy kayaking on Tuross Lake. The national park is also one of the coast’s top spots for bird watching. The Bingi Dreaming Track encompasses some of the dreaming track used by the Brinja-Yuin people. The path takes you past lush eucalyptus forest, golden sand beaches, and through bright springtime wildflowers. Not only does the track offer plenty of picturesque beaches for a quick dip, but it also gives wildlife-lovers and bird watchers the chance to see several native NSW South Coast species.
Both novice and practised bird watchers can enjoy dozens of bird species that glide through the sky of the South Coast. One of the best ways to spot birdlife is to walk through the coastal inlets and rivers. The Mangrove Walk winds its way through tranquil shallow waters. From a 300-metre boardwalk, you’ll be able to spot egrets, ducks, and grebes. Watch out for herons and ibis wading through the waters around you.
Each year, humpback whales migrate up from Antarctica to give birth in warm, tropical waters before travelling back south. Narooma is just one stop along their southern migration. Humpback whales are some of the most majestic and mysterious animals to make their way to the South Coast. Narooma has year-round appeal, but whale watchers flock to this coastal town from May to November to catch the whales as they pass through. Visitors can view these magnificent creatures from several spots along the coast. For a closer look, you can hop on a chartered whale-watching cruise, where you have the chance to see whales breach, flip, and smack their tails.
Eurobodalla is famous for its native wildlife, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see animals from around the world. Mogo Zoo, a short drive south of Batemans Bay, gives you the opportunity to see gorillas, rhinoceros, silvery gibbons, giraffes, zebras, meerkats, snow leopards, and Nepalese red pandas, just to name a few. Mogo Zoo is also committed to the conservation of endangered species and seeks to create a space where enclosures and nature are in full balance. Visit the zoo for your chance to see up close animals from NSW and from around the world.
Eurobodalla wildlife is about more than wallabies and whales; it’s also about the habitats in which they live. Nature Engagement Tours will guide you on a memorable bushwalk. Marvel at a 400-year-old spotted gum tree and keep an eye out for the locals, including swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, wedge-tailed eagles, and honeyeaters.
Nature Engagement Tours offer both day and overnight bushwalking and camping adventures. Their tours are tailored to friends, families, and couples so that everyone can appreciate the majesty of the South Coast wildlife.
In the bushland, birdwatchers can enjoy colourful parrots and lorikeets squawk and soar, while honeyeaters, robins, and wrens nibble at the nectar of native plants.
Whether you like your wildlife in the water or in the sky, you’ll find serious wildlife wonder in Eurobodalla.