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Montague Island walking track

Montague Island Nature Reserve

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This coastal walk around Montague Island – Barunguba (bar-ran-goo-ba) is short but challenging and takes you past the historic lighthouse and precious penguin breeding boxes.

1.5km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • A minimum age of 5 years applies for all visitors to Montague Island
  • You can choose a longer morning tour (2.5hrs on the island) or a shorter afternoon tour (1.5hrs on the island). During September to February we also have our 1.5 hour evening penguin viewing tour.
  • You'll need to walk up a gradual but steep pathway to the lighthouse at the highest point on the island. You can tour through the lighthouse, but this isn't guaranteed and depends on weather conditions and group size.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird, whale or dolphin watch.
  • The island can be windy. A windproof jacket is a good idea at all times.
  • Tours may be subject to late cancellation in the event of unfavourable weather and sea conditions

See the splendours of Montague Island with one of our knowledgeable guides on guided tour of this outstanding nature reserve. The effort of climbing the steep, paved track will be well worth it, as the walk reveals the lighthouse against a dramatic island backdrop.

Once you’ve captured the perfect Montague Island Lighthouse photo, it will be time to soak in the 360 degree views. Ascending the circular lighthouse stairs will give you an insight into the daily life of a lighthouse keeper from times gone by. Reaching the top, you’ll be duly rewarded with an incredible panoramic vista taking in the East Coast of Australia.

This medium difficulty walk leads past penguin breeding boxes where you’ll learn how conservation and revegetation programs on Montague Island help protect these unique animals. And if that’s not enough, whales, dolphins and migratory seabirds are all regular visitors.

Take a virtual tour on Montague Island walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.


Saving Our Species program

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Saving our Species is a statewide conservation program that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and Australian native plants facing extinction.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH

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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: A minimum age of 5 years applies for all visitors. Montague Island is only accessible via one of NSW National Parks & Wildlife contracted commercial vessel tour operators (go to for details).

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