Australia’s very own Galapagos!
One of the South Coast’s greatest attractions, Montague Island has been voted Tourism Australia’s top eco-tourism destination.
The island has thousands of years of indigenous history, and a lighthouse that’s been in operation for over 130 years. Only 25 minutes off-shore from Narooma, charter operators arrange tours of the island – which include watching the native Little Penguins, viewing the seal colony and exploring the island’s trails, lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s quarters.
The island is surrounded by alluring, crystal clear waters, with visibility as deep as 30 metres in the right conditions. Narooma Charters can take you diving & snorkelling with the seals, and in September through to November you’ll see migrating humpback whales in action – right up next to the boat! And the dolphins are pretty much always there for the ride!
When you stay in Tilba or Narooma, a trip out to the island should definitely be on your travel to-do list.
Seals, sea life & native birds
Did you know Montague Island is home to the largest fur seal colony on the NSW coast? It’s also home to NSW’s largest colony of Little Penguins (over 10,000 pairs!).
Montague Island is a breeding ground for over 15 native bird species, including Raptors, Shearwaters, Crested Turns, and silver gulls. Because of it’s unique wildlife, flora and fauna, National Parks and Wildlife operate on the island and manage numerous conservation projects.