Montague Island


A natural treasure, Montague Island is a world snorkelling and diving hotspot. A colony of fur seals and thousands of little penguins – the smallest of all penguin species – call the island home. Tours and cruises to the island depart from the seaside town of Narooma, on the NSW South Coast.

  • Seals, Montague Island Nature Reserve, Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla
  • Island view of Montague Island, Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla

Swimming and diving with seals

Discover one of the best wildlife experiences in the world when you swim, snorkel or dive with hundreds of fur seals in crystal-clear waters at Montague Island. This island haven is 9km off the coast of Narooma and home to a colony of Australian fur seals and thousands of little penguins.

Various tours depart from Narooma on the NSW South Coast for the island and offer a great variety of things to do and see, from snorkelling and diving to whale watching and visiting a colony of little penguins. You can even stay on the treasured island, known as Barungaba to Yuin Aboriginal people.

Montague Island near Narooma, South Coast

Accommodation is available in the beautifully refurbished Montague Island Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters, built in 1881. National Parks and Wildlife Service runs day and overnight eco tours to the Montague Island Nature Reserve, where you can join a penguin research project during your stay.

Some of the snorkelling and diving tours include Underwater Safaris, Island Charters Narooma, Lighthouse Charters and Narooma Charters. The playful and inquisitive Australian fur seals are the largest fur seals in the world. Fifteen species of bird, including the little penguins, nest on the island.

Montague Island near Narooma, South Coast

Humpback and southern right whales pass the island on their annual migration, and dolphins often frolic near the tour boats. The waters are teeming with fish, including tuna, marlin and kingfish. Enjoy a fishing trip with Charter Fish Narooma and Montague Island Games and Sport Fishing.

In the beautiful Eurobodalla region on Australia’s Oyster Coast, Narooma is five hours’ drive from Sydney and three hours from Canberra. A road trip from Melbourne is best split into several days. You can also fly from Sydney to Moruya Airport and rent a car for the short drive south to Narooma.

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