Birdwatching

With over 300 recorded bird species, Coffs Coast is a veritable bird lovers’ paradise.

If you’re interested in birds, links to copies of the Bellingen and Dorrigo birdwatching guides are available below, suggesting good places to go bird watching and explaining what species you may encounter along with the comprehensive list of all the species such as the eastern whip birds, black-necked stork, osprey, little terns, forest kingfisher, red-kneed dotteral and more. A regional bird guide which is currently in development

Coffs Coast’s many national parks, state forests, reserves, bushland and coastal dunes are all excellent places to go bird watching. Among the many species you may spot or hear are brush-turkeys, catbirds, egrets, ospreys, sea eagles, little terns, many types of honeyeaters, jacanas, wompoos, lyrebirds, noisy pittas, logrunners, lorikeets, pied and sooty oystercatchers, whipbirds, bowerbirds, cuckoos and boobook owls.

Bird Observer groups meet regularly around Coffs Coast.

In Coffs Harbour, great places for bird watching are the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, the Coffs Creek Walk and of course Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, which is the largest and most significant breeding site for wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) in NSW.  Thousands of muttonbirds return from South-east Asia to their home on Muttonbird Island in late August to breed and raise their chicks over summer. Interpretive displays on the island explain the birds’ lifecycle and habits.

Dorrigo National Park features the excellent Walk With The Birds boardwalk, a 200 metre boardwalk high up in the subtropical rainforest where you will encounter a wide variety of birds. Educational information panels help you identify birds and recognise bird calls.

South of town some fabulous birdwatching locations include the boardwalks at Urunga with many water waders in and around the mangroves, river and ocean sands.  Bongil Bongil National Park bordering the village of Sawtell provides another unique coastal landscape for watching our feathery friends.

North of Coffs Harbour make sure you visit the coastal area of Red Rock  to spot some Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers, Beach Stone-curlew and Red-capped Plover.  Other birds to look out for a little north of Red Rock include Dusky Woodswaller, Grey-crowned Babbler and Black-chiined Honeyeater. 

Inland, just 20km from Coffs Harbour you will find the beautiful Bindarri National Park.  Here you can look out for Jacky Winter and Hooded Robins as well as some geat bush birds.

Stay tuned for more details, Coffs Coast will shortly have an online Birdwatching guide for the whole region.  In the mean time, view the Bellingen and Dorrigo Birdwatching Guide