Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

Montague Island Nature Reserve

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Overview

Enjoy a weekend getaway in the historic Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage and experience a unique adventure.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Bedrooms 5
Maximum guests 12
Facilities Barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • Minimum 2 night stay, extra nights are available at a discounted rate.
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months but bookings should be made more than 7 days in advance to allow for boat transfers.
  • The cottage is only accessible by NPWS-contracted commercial boat operator. There is no private vessel access.
  • Boat transfers and a 2.5 hour tour of the island are included in your accommodation package. You'll receive more information after booking.
  • Optional snorkelling or diving trips with seals, or fishing charters can be arranged at an additional cost. More information will be provided after booking.
  • Montague Island is a remote offshore island so please arrive well prepared. You'll receive a safety briefing by NPWS staff on arrival at the island.
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What could be more romantic than a night on an island in an historic lighthouse keeper’s cottage? Perfect for a special getaway or memorable occasion with friends and family, you’ll get a taste of island life on this unique wilderness sanctuary.

Built in 1881, the heritage cottage has been lovingly restored in the style of the era, except for one important feature. You’ll have access to all the modern conveniences to ensure your stay is comfortable and relaxed.

While on the island, take a walk on Montague Island walking track or simply unwind on the wide verandah and watch for whales out at sea. Steal a moment of solitude in the secluded courtyards and reading rooms, or cook up an island feast in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Take a virtual tour of Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • in Montague Island Nature Reserve 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).

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage.

Getting there and parking

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    The cottage is on Montague Island and only accessible by NPWS-contracted commercial vessel tour operators. There is no private vessel access.

    Boat transfers to the island are included in your accommodation package. More information on your transfer will be provided by the local NPWS office after booking. If you have not received additional information 1 week before your booking, please contact (02) 4476 0800 during office hours.

    Transfers depart from Narooma wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma. All guests need to be able to independently climb the island’s jetty ladder and the steep hill that follows.

    Weather restrictions

    Montague Island is an offshore island. It can be cut off from the mainland vessel access due to sea and swell conditions thus delaying access to and from the Island. In some instances delays may involve several days. Please arrive well-prepared.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Parking

    Parking is available at Narooma wharf.

    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

    • The cottage is fully furnished and has a modern, fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, 2 showers, 2 toilets and wide verandahs, plus your own private courtyard.
    • The fully-equipped kitchen has a microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge and freezer, gas oven and gas cook top (pots, pans, crockery and cutlery are provided).
    • There is a gas barbecue with gas supplied.
    • There is a gas heater with gas supplied.
    • There is a TV.
    • Bedding configuration: 5 bedrooms: 1 queen, 1 queen plus 1 king single, 2 king singles, 2 king single bunk beds, 2 king singles. 1 single roll-away bed is available if required.
    • .All linen, towels and bedding is supplied.
    • Please leave the property clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required or missing/broken items.
    • Please place all rubbish in the recycling and garbage bins provided.

    Toilets

    • Flush toilets

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Drinking water

    Showers

    • Hot showers

    Electric power

    Montague Island uses solar power. Please avoid washing clothes during your stay, keep showering times to a minimum and turn off lights and appliances when you're not using them.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Mobile service is accessible over most of Montague Island.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - hard

    Guests must be able to climb a ladder independently at the island jetty and walk up and down the Island’s steep and rocky terrain. Persons with mobility issues are asked to check when booking. Some activities require moderate fitness levels.

    Prohibited

    • Swimming directly from the island itself is not permitted.
    • Amplified music is not permitted.

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    • Fires are not permitted, including in fireplaces.

    Fishing

    Fishing directly from the Island itself is not permitted.

    Generators


    Pets

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


    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Bermagui (23 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

    Central Tilba (16 km)

    Central Tilba is a picture-perfect country village in a charming setting on the South Coast of NSW. Located on a hilltop, the town is surrounded by pastures and hills and is classified as an Urban Conservation Area by the National Trust.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Narooma (10 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

    Learn more

    Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage is in Montague Island Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A sacred place

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

    The Yuin people have had a long connection with Montague Island; travelling to the island for traditional ceremonies and food, and using it as a men's teaching place. It would have been a dangerous trip - 9km each way by bark canoe. There are many Aboriginal artefacts and middens on the island. Montague Island is known as Barunguba, and is the eldest son of Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) and a brother to Najunuka (Little Dromedary). The older brother, Barunguba was allowed out to sea while Najunuka, the younger brother, had to stay close to his mother.

    Colonial heritage

    Gravestones at cemetery below the lighthouse, on Montague Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Stuart Cohen/OEH

    Get in touch with Australia's colonial history - Captain James Cook spotted Montague Island from his tall ship in 1770 but the island was in fact discovered by the master of the convict ship Surprise in 1790 and was later named after George Montagu Dunk, Earl of Halifax. The island received visits from several shipwrecked sailors, and during the goldrush, seabird eggs were collected from the island to sell to miners.

    • Montague Island Lighthouse Montague Island Lighthouse is the perfect place to get in touch with history while seeing dramatic views, amazing birds and marine wildlife.

    A sanctuary for seabirds, seals and whales

    A crested tern chick walks on a rock in front of its parent, Montague Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Stuart Cohen/OEH

    The protected waters of Montague Island are a playground for hundreds of seals who make the island their home, all year round. Between September and November you can also see humpback and southern right whales pass the island on their annual migration south. Watch for blowholes and spectacular displays from the island or on a combined whale watching and island tour. With more than 90 bird species seen on the island, and 15 species breeding there, you’ll be reaching for your binoculars – and camera – at every turn. Up to 8,000 penguins live on the island at any one time. Between September and March they are joined by three species of shearwaters, which can produce more than 12,000 chicks per year, and their colonies seem to be growing!

    • Montague Island Lighthouse Montague Island Lighthouse is the perfect place to get in touch with history while seeing dramatic views, amazing birds and marine wildlife.
    • Montague Island walking track This coastal walk around Montague Island is short but challenging and takes you past the historic lighthouse and precious penguin breeding boxes.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Australian fur seals, Montague Island Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

      Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus)

      The largest fur seal, Australian fur seals are found in isolated rocky outcrops and islands along the NSW coast. They come ashore to form breeding colonies and can often be seen at Montague Island Nature Reserve.

    • Humpback whale breaching. Photo: Dan Burns

      Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

      The humpback whale has the longest migratory path of any mammal, travelling over 5000km from its summer feeding grounds in Antarctica to its breeding grounds in the subtropics. Its playful antics, such as body-rolling, breaching and pectoral slapping, are a spectacular sight for whale watchers in NSW national parks.

    • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

      White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

      White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    View from Montague Island across the sea as the sun sets behind Gulaga, near Narooma. Photo: Stuart Cohen/OEH