Montague Island is a nature sanctuary home to thousands of seals, penguins, and many bird species. Go snorkeling or scuba diving with seals and book a tour to see little penguins meander home after a long day of fishing. The island is also a great location for whale and dolphin watching.
About Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla
With its stunning white sand coastline, river estuaries and craggy headlands, the Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla region is an ideal holiday destination. It’s an area of great natural beauty which is home to several national parks, from the dramatic Murramarang National Park with its beautifully preserved coastline, and the spectacular Montague Island off the coast of Narooma, where you can swim and snorkel with the largest population of seals in the State.
The beaches of the Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla region are something special, home to protected bays with gentle waves, great for a relaxing day by the water. There are also some great surf beaches in the area; head to Broulee, North Head at Moruya or McKenzies Beach south of Batemans Bay for surfing and bodyboarding. Patrolled beaches include Broulee, Malua Bay, Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma.
The region is known as Australia’s ‘Oyster Coast’, with the Clyde River and estuary, the cleanest of all the major rivers on Australia's east coast, famous for its oysters, which you’ll find on the menus of many local restaurants in the area. The Narooma Oyster Festival is held each May, celebrating the region’s food. Cheese and wine are also a highlight of Eurobodalla's local produce, and you’ll also find some great restaurants in the area.
Be sure to check out the region's historic villages like Tilba, where you can relax in cafes, wander through craft galleries and pick up local produce, and Mogo, a former gold mining town with a vibrant arts scene. Don’t miss the dairying village of Bodalla, a charming town with architecture dating back to the 1800’s.
Wildlife abounds in this part of the South Coast. Check out Deua National Park, a haven for birds, wallabies and possums, as well as the rare tiger quoll. Bushwalk through the scenic Monga National Park and you may just spot a lyrebird, and Murramarang National Park is another must-visit, with a large population of eastern grey Kangaroos. Montague Island's clear waters teem with fish that are hunted by the island's colony of Australian fur seals. You can even go snorkeling with these playful and inquisitive animals.