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An island sanctuary self-guided audio tour

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

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Go on a self-guided audio tour with Matt Flanders across Muttonbird Island and discover the significance of this bustling seabird rookery. Take in the spectacular views as you stroll towards the eastern lookout and learn about the shearwaters that nest here.

Time suggested
Medium. This 8-stop tour takes place on a boardwalk that goes across the island. It has mostly gentle hills, with an initial steep climb.
What to
Mobile phone, headphones, drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing, snacks
Please note

It's a good idea to download the app and tour before your visit, because there is limited mobile reception in this park.

Although it may appear rather sparse at first, Muttonbird Island is rich in both natural and cultural values. It’s also one of the only seabird breeding grounds along the NSW coast that you can reach without taking a boat or helicopter.

On this audio tour, Matt will share the culture and history of the island, along with some interesting facts about muttonbirds. Walk along the paved path at your own pace and drink in the spectacular 360-degree views of the Coffs Coast, Solitary Islands Marine Park and the Great Eastern Escarpment while you listen.

Download the tour before you go

Before your visit, download the free NSW National Parks mobile app.

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  • Search for Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in the app
  • Go to the Immersive Story section and click 'Start story' to download the tour.
The path across the island with the view to Coffs Harbour in the background. Photo © Joshua Woods
The path across the island with the view to Coffs Harbour in the background. Photo © Joshua Woods

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

This tour takes you past

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

    Muttonbird Island Outdoor learning space

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

  • 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.