Woman swimming with Seals at Narooma, Montague Island on NSW's South Coast. by Sebastian Goldhorn
Wildlife Sanctuary on Montague Island
Montague Island is an exquisite natural treasure found 9km off the south coast town of Narooma. Home to NSW's largest colony of fur seals, as well as thousands of penguins and numerous bird species, this precious terrain is also a prime place to watch dolphins and whales as they play and breach near the shore. Snorkelling, diving and fishing are also permitted.
Swimming with seals
Experience one of the greatest wildlife adventures in Australia by swimming with seals on Montague Island. Between 400 and 2,000 New Zealand and Australian fur seals inhabit the granite rocks of the island, with numbers peaking in spring. Go snorkelling or scuba diving with Island Charters Narooma, Lighthouse Charters Narooma or Narooma Charters and discover the playful and inquisitive nature of these sea creatures as they delight you with friendly antics underwater.
National Parks and Wildlife Service runs day and overnight eco tours to Montague Island throughout the year. If you'd like to spend more time on the island, stay in the beautifully refurbished Montague Island Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters, built in 1881, also available for group bookings. Guests are also welcome to get involved in the ongoing penguin research project while visiting this unique island.
Guided tours of the island start and finish in Narooma and include a circumnavigation of the island, giving you the chance to see the fur seal colony. Depending on the time of the year you're also likely to see humpback and southern right whales, dolphins and a variety of seabirds including little penguins and sooty oyster catchers. Whales head north along the NSW coast throughout June and early July, and return southwards from around September to November.