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Montague Island Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Montague Island Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

Access to the island is from Narooma, on the Far South Coast of NSW, about 4 hours south of Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you on Montague Island Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

New Zealand and Australian fur seals are at their peak on the island during spring, making this the perfect time for some seal-spotting. To tempt you even more, humpback whales can often be spotted along the coastline, and pods of dolphins come to play among the boats too – book a guided tour that includes whale watching for the best chance to spot this special sea mammal in its own environment From October huge numbers of shearwaters begin to arrive and nest on the island through the summer.

Summer

Soak up the summer sun on a guided tour of Montague Island and provides some of the best weather for photographs.

Winter

From late winter the seal colony on the island starts to grow, and you can watch penguins land at the viewing area on the evening tour of the island. It can get quite chilly in winter so pack warm clothes.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

38.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

4°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

2.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

182mm

Facilities

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

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.

Mobile safety

Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Montague Island Nature Reserve

Contact

  • in the South Coast region
  • 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 www.eurobodalla.com.au for details).

    • Narooma
      (02) 4476 0800
      Contact hours: 10.00am-2.00pm Monday to Friday
    • Corner Graham and Burrawang Streets, Narooma NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4476 0833
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Nearby towns

Narooma (9 km)

Narooma is Coastal town with superb beaches and abundant wildlife. Its set on the the foreshores wrapped around the Wagonga River estuary.

www.visitnsw.com

Bermagui (40 km)

Bermagui is a colourful port, famous for its deep-sea fishing. It's on the estuary of the Bermagui River, close to national parks.

www.visitnsw.com

Canberra (219 km)

Canberra is the home of Australia's Parliament House, National Gallery, National Museum and War Memorial, as well as many more significant cultural and architectural offerings. Kids of all ages love the interactive science and technology at Questacon.

www.visitnsw.com

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