Barunguba, NSW, Australia
Nine kilometres offshore from Narooma, this small, pest-free island is home to seabirds and fur seals. Little penguins nest here, especially from September to February.Â Three-hour guided tours conducted by NPWS rangers are dependent on numbers and weather conditions, so book ahead through the visitor centre. Take the afternoon tour for a better chance of seeing penguins.Â You can stay in renovated lighthouse keepersâ cottages if you also sign up for conservation work. Meals are included, but youâll be expected to help with the preparation. Rates are slightly cheaper out of whale season. Book well ahead.