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Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

About Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Unveiling one of Earth’s wonders, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve lies off the shore of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. A causeway connects this incredible reserve to mainland Australia and acts as a northern breakwater for nearby waters. The island is celebrated not only for its beauty but also as a major breeding site; over 5,500 pairs inhabit here annually! An exotic migration sees these wedge-tailed shearwaters -or ‘muttonbirds’- travel thousands of miles every year all the way to the Philippines and then back again to nest in their beloved home.

Embark on a journey of discovery at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve – an unforgettable experience taking in the vibrant blues and greens of Coffs Harbour’s coast. The island boasts unique views, allowing for whale watching from May to November as well as unparalleled cultural insight into this remarkable area thanks to its outdoor learning centre. Explore natural wonders from dazzling harbourside outlooks alongside local flora and fauna, making it a one-of-a-kind destination along Australia’s east coast!

Muttonbird Island Nature

What to do at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Coffs Harbour’s beautiful Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is a must-see for visitors. Enveloped in stunning views of the coast and islands, this seabird rookery provides unparalleled close encounters with birds like migratory wedge-tailed shearwaters. It also holds an important place in Aboriginal history, preserving Dreaming stories passed through generations that can be experienced first-hand on award-winning guided Discovery tours hosted by local Gumbaynggirr rangers. An unforgettable experience awaits you!

Coffs Harbour visitors should not miss the remarkable opportunity to explore Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve! Join an award-winning evening tour of this natural oasis, guided by a knowledgeable NPWS expert and steeped in fascinating Aboriginal culture. Here you can watch hundreds of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters – better known as ‘Muttonbirds’ – return from their epic flight around South East Asia after spending winter away. The island has been welcoming these migratory seabirds year on year for thousands of years; late summer is your chance to observe some fluffy chicks too!

Nature reserve

One local company in Coffs Harbour that is involved in this tourist attraction;

Name: Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Address: 4 Lawson Cres, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Telephone: (04) 8390 4985