Just off the coast of Narooma in the Eurobodalla region sits a wildlife wonderland. Montague Island is home to a colony of fur seals, thousands of little penguins and over 90 bird species. Swim, snorkel or dive with friendly seals in crystal-clear waters, and spot whales, dolphins and sea eagles.
Heritage, wildlife and panoramic views make Montague Island one of the most popular attractions on the NSW South Coast. Montague Island is sacred to the local Yuin Aboriginal people, who call it Barunguba, and there are a number of important sites across the island.
The only way to visit Montague Island Nature Reserve is on a tour. Snorkelling, diving, fishing, whale watching and lighthouse tours depart from Narooma, 9km away. You can also spend the night at the historic Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, built in 1881 and lovingly restored in the style of the era.
Snorkelling and diving tour operators include Underwater Safaris, Montague Island Discovery Tours and Narooma Charters. Dolphins often frolic near the tour boats, and humpback whales pass the island in Spring on their way to Antarctica. Bring your binoculars for some great bird-watching.
Montague Island is home to NSW’s biggest colony of little penguins, while the playful Australian fur seals are the largest fur seals in the world. The island waters teem with fish, including tuna, marlin and kingfish. Enjoy a fishing trip with Montague Island Adventures or Montague Island Charters.
Narooma is five hours’ drive from Sydney and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly from Sydney to Moruya Airport and rent a car for the 42km drive south to Narooma. Tours and charter boats depart regularly from Narooma for Montague Island.