Mutton Bird Beach and Shelter Island

Mutton Bird Beach and Shelter IslandNeil McKnight668 x 380 px. 63.6 Kb.

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Mutton Bird Beach

Mutton Bird Beach is a popular fish­ing swimm­ing and 4WD acc­ess­ible beach loca­ted about about 20km from the Albany City Centre

Orig­in­ally a com­mercial fish­ing loca­tion for catch­ing salmon Mutton Bird Beach has evolved into a popular area for diving surf­ing beach walk­ing 4 wheel driv­ing and paraglid­ing Fish­ing re­mains a strong attrac­tion with herr­ing skippy whit­ing salmon silverbream pike flathead shark queen snapper and sampson fish at differ­ent times of the year

At the end of Mutton Bird Road the road forks left and right lead­ing to two differ­ent areas to ex­plore

The left turn leads to to a small car park Here a short path leads down to a pretty little triangular beach direct­ly in front of Shelter Island Granite form­ations and dazzl­ing white sands stand in con­trast to the brilli­ant turquo­ise waters of the channel that separ­ates the beach from the Island This is a per­fect spot to relax ex­plore fish or snorkel the pro­tec­ted waters of the channel

The right turn leads to the main carpark and look­out with stunn­ing views of Mutton Bird Beach curv­ing into the dist­­ance below A small toilet block com­pletes the facili­ties

Four wheel drive access to the lower carpark and beach proper is via a gravel track lead­ing from the carpark Here you will find some great 4x4 tracks beach driv­ing and many secluded spots to enjoy the day with your fami­ly

Shelter Island it­self is a class 1A nature re­serve Approxim­ately 10ha is size it is most­ly granite but with en­ough plant life to support breed­ing groups of Flesh-foo­ted Shearwaters Little Penguins and local varie­ties of black rats and other creatures

To reach Mutton Bird Beach follow Lower De­nmark Road for 9.9km then turn left where signpos­ted at Elleker-Grassmere Road Follow this for 3.3km then turn left at Mutton Bird Road At the end turn left for Shelter Island access or right for the look­out and 4WD beach access

Article updated 22/11/2017.