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Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve


The Eastern lookout offers spectacular views of the Solitary Islands. Explore the areas's Aboriginal cultural significance on a school excursion, or enjoy some whale watching in the heart of Coffs Harbour.

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No visit to Coffs Harbour is complete if you haven’t been to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Also know as Giidany Miirlarl, this precious seabird rookery at Coffs Harbour’s heart is enveloped by spectacular views from coast to islands.

Muttonbird Island is a great spot for watching birds up close; it’s one of the only easily-accessible places in NSW where the migratory wedge-tailed shearwater nests. It is also an important Aboriginal place, harbouring stories of the Dreaming and a wealth of traditional resources.

It’s a great place to take a short walk, and the unforgettable views will be well worth your effort. The best way to find out more about the Aboriginal stories of Muttonbird is on an award-winning guided Discovery tour conducted by local Gumbaynggirr rangers.

Take a virtual tour of Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve captured with Google Street View Trekker.

Highlights in this park

  • People at the Eastern side lookout. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Eastern Side lookout

    The Eastern Side lookout offers spectacular views of the Solitary Islands. A short walk from the carpark, it’s a great place for whale watching in the...

  • Muttonbird Nest, Eastern Side Lookout, Muttonbird Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Muttonbirds by moonlight

    Join NPWS Aboriginal ranger and Gumbaynggirr Elder Mark Flanders and local marine park education specialist Chantelle Burns on this unique evening exp...

  • Outdoor learning space, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Muttonbird Island Outdoor learning space

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


Get Wild About Whales in Coffs Harbour

NSW national parks around Coffs Harbour have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

Angouire walking track in Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/OEH

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken


  • in the North Coast region
  • Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or scientific research.

    • Coffs Harbour
      (02) 6652 0900
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6651 9525
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View of the marina, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary