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Montague Island


Wildlife on Montague Island

Book a spot on a National Parks tour to Montague Island to see the nightly parade of little penguins as they return to the island from their day of fishing. Montague Island is one of the largest little penguin breeding sites in Australia. They live on the island all year, nesting in burrows under the mat-rush and amongst tussock grass in sandy soils, making them vunerable to humans.

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Montague Island eco tours

About 9km offshore from the south coast town of Narooma, Montague Island Nature Reserve is a natural treasure that's the breeding ground for the State's largest colony of fur seals, as well as thousands of little penguins and 15 bird species. It's also a great location for whale watching and seeing dolphins in the wild plus recreational activities that include snorkelling, diving and fishing.

National Parks and Wildlife Service runs day and overnight eco tours to Montague Island throughout the year. Get involved in the ongoing little penguin research project on the island or take a half day guided tour that includes a visit to the lighthouse keeper's quarters built in 1881. You can even stay overnight in the refurbished head keeper's quarters, help with habitat management or research, while experiencing the natural beauty of this unique island.

Guided tours of the island start and finish at Narooma and include a circumnavigation of the island, giving you the chance to see the fur seal colony. Depending on what time of the year you're here, you're likely to see humpback and southern right whales, dolphins and a variety of seabirds including little penguins and sooty oystercatchers. Whales head north along the NSW coast throughout June and in the first week of July, and return southwards from around September to November. The following operators run a variety of tours around the island; Island Charters Narooma, Lighthouse Charters Narooma, Narooma Charters, Charter Fish Narooma and Montague Island Game & Sport Fishing