Learn about our island inhabitants

MUTTONBIRD Island Nature Reserve provides an up-close glimpse of the life cycle of one of Australia’s most interesting migratory birds.

And now locals and visitors can get an in-depth tour of the island thanks to the National Parks and Wildlife Service offering an Island Discovery tour.

Tour guide assistant Patrick Sachs shared his expertise of marine life with around 30 people on Saturday morning.

“I talk about the Solitary Islands Marine Park (which Muttonbird Island is a part of) and why it is here,” Mr Sachs said.

Mr Sachs also gives children stickers and parents helpful hand outs so they can answer some of the questions children ask when searching through rock pools in the local area.

The family friendly tour also involves talks with Aboriginal NPWS Discovery ranger Mark Flanders. Mr Flanders discusses the importance of the island as cultural site for the local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people.

Mr Sachs said the tours help local people not become jaded about the environment on their doorstep.

“When you’re able to put pictures in people’s minds it makes them appreciate it,” he said.

“You get a lot of thank-yous for letting people know why the area is special.”

More guided tours through local National Parks will be held through out the school holidays.

On Tuesday, April 13, Muttonbird Island will host a guided tour, as well as Dorrigo National Park.

On Wednesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 15, Dorrigo National Park will host two tours.

For more information about times and difficulty levels contact National Parks and Wildlife Service on 6652 0900 for Muttonbird Island tours or 6657 2309 for Dorrigo tours.



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