Swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving with seals on Montague Island is one of the great wildlife adventures of Australia. Less than 10km off the coast of Narooma, this reserve is a thriving home for NSW’s largest colony of fur seals, thousands of penguins and many bird species. It's also a great location for dolphin and whale watching.
Situated on the leisurely, winding Wagonga Inlet on the South Coast, Narooma is a perfect town for an active family holiday.
From canoeing and kayaking to fishing, surfing and beach walking, there’s a range of activities at this beautiful seaside haven. Narooma is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘clear, blue waters’ and the area lives up to its name. The local beaches are also known for their tranquil bays and abundant sea life. This is also a prime spot for whale watching during whale migration season between June and November, either on a cruise or from the headland.
Visit the stunning Montague Island, just under 10km off Narooma’s shores, where the sea teems with marine life, making the island a haven for seabirds and seals. Once a hunting ground for the local Wallaga and Djiringanj people, Montague Island is home to NSW’s only known colony of Australian fur seals, as well as sea eagles, penguins, mutton birds, hawks, terns, silver gulls, harriers and peregrine falcons.
September and October are the best months to visit the island, when the seal numbers are the greatest. Snorkelling and scuba diving with seals are popular activities in the area, with a number of tours offering these experiences.
For golfers, no visit to the South Coast of NSW is complete without playing a round at the famous Narooma Golf Course. With its unique and stunning coastal setting the course is both a challenge for serious golfers and a pleasure to play for the not so serious. The 3rd Hole at Narooma Golf Course has now been officially recognised as one of the country's best, with induction into the Australian Golf Digest Golf Holes Hall of Fame.