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
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
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’.
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.
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