The Five Islands Nature Reserve is an ensured nature save situated in the Tasman Sea, off the Illawarra east shoreline of the province of New South Wales, Australia. The 26-hectare 64-section of land hold involves five mainland islands that are arranged in the vicinity of 0.5 and 3.5 kilometers 0.31 and 2.17 mi east of Port Kembla. The Five Islands are Flinders Islet Toothbrush Island, Bass Islet, Martin Islet, Big Island likewise called Rabbit or Perkins Island and Rocky Islet.
The hold was initially committed as a fauna save in 1960; it is viewed as critical for its natural and Aboriginal legacy esteems and is overseen by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. At the statue of the last ice-age somewhere in the range of 18,000 years prior, with a lower ocean level, the islands were a piece of the terrain. At the point when Europeans initially went to the territory around and instantly south of Sydney in the late eighteenth century, the terrain drift inverse the Five Islands was involved by the Tharawal people.
Cattle and rabbits were acquainted with the islands previously 1861. In 1867 a house was based on Big Island by the Perkins family, who lived there until 1872, nibbling cows and getting sharks. In the mid-twentieth century, the ocean depths toward the west of Big Island was dug for shells. In Dreamtime legend, the West Wind lived over Merrigong the Illawarra Range with the West Wind were his six little girls Mimosa, Wilga, Lilli Pilli, Wattle, Clematis and Geera.