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Montague Island Nature Reserve

“Watching hundreds of seals frolic on the rocks of the island was magical, they’re so adorable. We want to come back and spend another night.”

Montague Island Nature Reserve, just off the South Coast near Narooma, offers the chance to experience a spectacular wildlife wonderland. Choose a day trip or indulge your inner mariner and stay in historic lighthouse accommodation. There’s always the option to really get amongst it and become a conservation volunteer. Any way you experience it, the incredible heritage, wildlife and breathtaking island views could keep you coming back.

If you're after an unforgettable experience, why not stay overnight in either of the two lovingly-restored lighthouse keeper’s cottages? Indulge in a weekend escape with a difference in unique heritage quarters amid spectacular surroundings.

For a more hands on experience, why not participate in the penguin survey program? Volunteers help monitor and protect nesting boxes on the island provided for the little penguin colony. You'll not only help conserve this natural environment for future generations but stay overnight in the lighthouse keeper's cottages.

Visit from late winter to early December to see hundreds of seals lazing on the rocks, or bring your binoculars for a spot of birdwatching. More than 90 bird species have been seen on the island and 15 of them nest over summer. Our knowledgeable tour guides will be on hand to answer all your questions.

You can also go whale watching during the annual whale migration from June to November. Find the perfect vantage point to enjoy the migration and plan your next coastal adventure at the Wild About Whales website.


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 Opening times

Montague Island Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Please note that Montague Island is only accessible via one of NSW National Parks & Wildlife contracted commercial vessel tour operators (go to for details).


Life jackets must be worn on the boat. The tour can be quite challenging, as you need to climb a 2 m ladder and walk up a steep 400 m track from the jetty to the lighthouse area.



Phone: (02) 4476 0800
Street address: Cnr Graham & Burrawang Sts, Narooma NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Rocky shore, Montague Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Stuart Cohen