Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

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

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.

Nearby events

  1. Surf's Up Exhibition

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Sunday 03 February 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    Just in time for the holidays and summer is the Surf’s Up Exhibition at the National Cartoon Gallery. Featuring a great collection of surfing-related cartoons, original artworks on loan from local artists, with children’s activities…

    18 Dec - 03 Feb
  2. Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour

    Friday 21 December 2018 to Friday 19 April 2019 , Coffs Harbour

    The Twilight Food Market is open every Friday (weather permitting) during NSW daylight saving months from October to April. A family friendly food only market, diverse in multicultural cuisine and lots of choices for the kids. Dog…

    21 Dec - 19 Apr
  3. Harbourside Market

    Sunday 23 December 2018 to Sunday 07 February 2027 , Coffs Harbour

    An authentic outdoor market held every Sunday set alongside the Jetty Foreshore and historic jetty in Coffs Harbour. There is a huge range of unique art and craft, fresh local produce, tasty gourmet food and delicious beverages. Their…

    23 Dec - 07 Feb