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Muttonbird Island Outdoor learning space

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve


Explore Aboriginal history and hear Dreamtime stories of Giidany Miirlarl, also known as Muttonbird Island on a guided tour with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger.

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Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
What to
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Please refrain from disturbing the birds. This means no flash photography and always keep to the track
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch or whale watch

Long before the island was connected to the shore, certain Gumbaynggirr peple were the only ones permitted to venture here. They came to collect muttonbirds for food, protected for their survival by a giant moon-man guardian.

This fascinating Dreaming story and many others are explained in detail at the award-winning Muttonbird Island outdoor learning space. The display is located at the base of the western side of the island. Aboriginal Discovery Rangers conduct tours of the island, explaining its flora and fauna and narrating their Dreaming stories.

Pause here to take in the past before embarking on the short island walk. Signage along the way explains the wedge-tailed shearwater’s itinerant lifestyle, the north coast’s geographic features and the marine life that lives in surrounding waters.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Discovery Centre, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary