Australian fur seal at Montague Island, Narooma, NSW © Destination NSW

Guide to Montague Island

Fur seals, Montague Island, Narooma, NSW © Tony Brown/Destination New South Wales

Swim with the seals

Marvel at playful pods of fur seals in their natural habitat by snorkelling or diving into the pristine waters off Montague Island. One of the most memorable experiences on Montague Island, there are lots of different tours to choose from. New Zealand and Australian fur seal colonies are at their peak in spring (September to November) on Montague Island and you might spot whales and dolphins too. Montague Island Adventures offers a visit to the largest seal colony with snorkelling in a sheltered bay; Island Charters have a Meal with a Seal cruise, and with Narooma Charters you can embark on a chartered fishing adventure as well as diving with fur seals.

Lighthouse, Montague Island, Narooma, NSW © Destination New South Wales

Take a guided tour

Montague Island offers diverse and fascinating tours from history trails to wildlife encounters and Aboriginal cultural tours. Known as Barungaba to the first inhabitants, the Yuin people, Montague Island has particular Aboriginal significance with important sites across the island. Montague Island is also home to the largest colony of little penguins in New South Wales and 15 other species of birds, many of whom nest on the island. Bird watchers can observe three species of shearwaters, birds of prey such as raptors, as well as sea eagles. In coordination with National Parks and Wildlife Service you can experience the wildlife, history and remarkable vistas at Montague Island with Narooma Charters.

Montague Island lighthouse, Narooma, NSW © Destination New South Wales

Stay in a lighthouse

The lighthouse on the southern end of Montague Island is a significant historical landmark, having remained unchanged in architectural form since construction began in 1881. The granite lighthouse tower and keeper's quarters signify over 125 years of lightkeeping, and visitors to the island can immerse themselves in the fascinating history with an overnight stay. There are two accommodation options, the Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, with five bedrooms or the three-bedroom Montague Island Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, both commanding stunning views of the ocean and remote landscape. Boat transport and a 2.5-hour tour of the island are included in the tariff. 

Chartered fishing boat in Montague Island Nature Reserve, South Coast, NSW © Destination New South Wales

Enjoy great reef and game fishing

The waters of Montague Island are a hot spot for coastal fishing. Enjoy a fishing trip with Charter Fish Narooma and and Montague Island Game Sport and experience fishing for marlin, yellow fin tuna or kingfish, reef fishing all year for snapper and blue morwong, and deep water fishing for blue eye cod and hapuka. Keep your catch and have it cleaned and filleted for a meal fresh from the ocean.

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