Montague Island, seals, fairy penguins

Trip Start Nov 30, 2013
Trip End Dec 13, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, December 9, 2013

Today started with a trip across the road to purchase breakfast while Bella slept in. I once again got up early with a deflated bed. Nice bacon & egg roll with a hot chocolate. We sat around talking to our camping neighbours lovely couple with 2 kids from Geelong. We think he was dads brother from another life. Same car, set up, tent loved to fish & travel. Also went to the Red Centre Sept.

We went for a drive again to the break wall to see if there were any seals still no luck. Went back to camp, Bella did tumbling on the jumping pillow then had a swim. I read a book relaxing. Bella fed some Lorikeets and pigeons. Went for another drive around Narooma small town so it didn't take long. Took some photos at Narooma surf beach. Great rock formations one end. Narooma has two sites of geological significance and beauty at either end of the sandy beach, which is approximately 1km in length and looks out to Montague Island. At the southern end lie the imposing Glasshouse Rocks – which are possibly the most photographed rocks along the Eurobodalla The Glasshouse Rocks are Narooma Chert, which is a mix of sedimentary chert and shale, and are part of the Cambrian/Ordovician Wagonga Group, dating between 510-440 million years old. .More dead birds found here also. Poor things flew all the way from Russia flying into huge head winds all the way here hit a big storm & they were too exhausted and died just before hitting main land. So sad.

We had lunch at the cafe across the road a lovely chicken wrap. Very filling.

Finally at 6.30pm we headed to the wharf for our tour of Montague Island. There was only 9 of us on this trip so very small and personal. A couple from Switzerland and a family from Orange, parents are both teachers at a private boarding school there and live at the school. In the holidays they go to their holiday house at Tuross Heads. The 2 staff on the boat were very friendly and informative. We put on our life jackets and headed out at 7pm past the break wall we spotted our 1st two seals resting. Had to burn through the surf break and boy was it rough but fun. The sea was a little choppy so I kept on my life jacket.

30min and we were out to the seals. So many on the rocks and about 8 were frolicking in the water. They were so cute to watch. We spent about 15min watching the seals. Disaster my SD became full so had to madly delete heaps of photos.

Getting onto Montague Island you had to climb up a ladder beside the wharf. At the Jetty we met the Nationals Park guide and he showed us around the Island. Plenty of sea birds, Sea gulls, Crested Terns & Shearwaters. They were loud and plenty of birds were flying overhead carrying small fish in their beaks. Hundreds of small chicks running across the rocks and over the grass such cute little white and brown fluffy things.

The view from the top of the lighthouse was amazing especially since the sun was setting. You could see the whole of the island from up here.

Back down as it was 8.15pm and back towards the jetty to wait for the Fairy Penguins to arrive. About 15min later when it was fairly dark, the 1st Fairy Penguin popped onto the rock. Sat for awhile trying to gather courage jumped back into the water and waited for his friends then they all jumped ashore. Waited awhile then slowly waddled across the rocks into their nests. Three more groups of around 6-7 arrived and made their way up. One little Penguin went the opposite way to everyone else, we stumbled across him when we about to board the boat on the pathway. Then another lonely little Penguin was being pecked at by the Seagulls. Mean things. It was hard to photograph in the dark without a flash but you can tell they are Penguins, just a little blurry.

The night went to quickly and we had to make our way back. 9.15pm it was pitch black and scary to climb back down the ladder onto moving boat. But safely got on board. The trip back was calmer and fun in the dark. Totally an awesome experience loved every minute and wish we could of spent a lot longer there.
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Loved the photos, maybe seeing as we live so close should do the trip. It looked fun. xx

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