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.