Muttonbird Island Coffs Harbour

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Muttonbird Island Coffs Harbour

What you can expect

Some outstanding birdwatching is made all the more impressive by the wonderful surrounds that border each side of the wildlife-rich Muttonbird Island off the coast of NSW's Coffs Harbour. The island, which can be accessed via an interconnected jetty from the main wharf - no boat required - is an essential visit in Coffs Harbour and provides a gorgeous return for minimal effort, with views out to the Solitary Islands and beyond. It's one of the Coffs Coast region's most accessible walks, and home to a cavalcade of bird life, particularly the species from which it derives its name as well as wedge-tailed shearwaters. Ascending to the top of the island requires a walk up a fairly steep slope, but results in an outstanding lookout point where not only its signature colony of shearwater muttonbirds and their nesting spots, but also whales during their annual migratory season can often be seen. Add to this the panorama of the town of Coffs Harbour, its pristine beachfront, and the fringing mountain ranges in the distance. The island particularly shines at sunrise, so early risers or aspiring photographers will want to head out at dawn to see the view at its best.


What you need to know

  • Medium-level, fairly steep walk that results in great views
  • Roughly 500m walk along breakwall to the island
  • A protected nature reserve, so stick to the walking track
Great coastal & surrounding island views
Excellent change to see seabirds up close
Signed walkway with interesting information
Lookout platform to see islands & whales
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