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Muttonbird Island Outdoor learning space

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

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Explore Aboriginal history and Dreamtime stories at Giidany Miirlarl, also known as Muttonbird Island, near Coffs Harbour.

Education centres
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes
Tours are available on request. Fees apply. Phone (02) 6652 0927 or email the park office
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 people 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. Book a tour of the island to hear more about its flora, fauna, and the Dreaming stories of the Aboriginal People.

Pause 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

Also see

  • 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 heart of Coffs Harbour.


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