The Solitary Islands Marine Park is the first marine park established in NSW. It stretches over 75 km from Mutton Bird Island at Coffs Harbour to the Sandon River in the north and includes the inshore and offshore islands seen from Woolgoolga Headland.
The marine park contains a diverse range of habitats including estuaries, sandy beaches, intertidal rocky shores, sub-tidal reefs and open oceans. Researchers have identified over 550 species of reef fish, 90 species of hard coral and 600 species of shell fish.
The park is provided not only to sustain its unique marine environment but also for the enjoyment of it by a broad range of recreational and commercial activities such as fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, surfing and boating of all types including whale or dolphin watching or just relaxing or walking on the beaches.
The Solitary Islands provide a unique experience offering much clearer water than along the shore line and underwater life normally associated with the Barrier Reef. The Islands feature sheltered bays, scenic swim-throughs and drop-offs adorned with beautiful corals, sponges, tropical and pelagic fish of many varieties.