A visit to Barunguba Montague Island is essential on any trip to the south coast of NSW. This itinerary is a great introduction to the teeming wildlife of Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve, off the state’s Sapphire Coast.
You’ll meet the colony of little penguins and Australian and New Zealand fur seals, whose numbers swell between late winter and early December. Between June and November you’re also likely to spot whales on their annual migrations.
Glimpse some of the island’s 90-plus bird species and look out for the endangered grey nurse shark when snorkelling offshore. The island is also a destination for lighthouse buffs and has a rich continuing Aboriginal story to share.
Learn more on a guided tour – you can book your tours and accommodation from the visitors centre in Narooma. To spend longer on the island, you could also sign up as a conservation volunteer.
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