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Mutton Bird Island

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Mutton Bird Island is approximately 60 metres from the mainland and  between the months of October and April become home to thousands of short-tailed shearwaters.

Each year these birds travel some 30,000 km, spending summer in the northern Pacific Ocean and returning to the Bass Strait in late September to nest. During the nesting period, they fly out to sea to feed, returning to the rookery each evening.

One of the attractions along the Great Ocean Road the Mutton Bird Island is located to the west of Loch Ard Gorge. Previously the island was known as ‘The Sow’, whiles the Twelve Apostles were known as ‘The Piglets’.

Although the short-tailed shearwaters can be seen from October to April, the best time to catch a view of the birds is between January and February.

Check out our Phillip Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre - Apollo Bay


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