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Montague Island walking track

Montague Island Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Montague Island walking track.

Getting there and parking

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    Montague Island walking track is in Montague Island Nature Reserve. Montague Island is only accessible via one of NSW National Parks & Wildlife contracted commercial vessel tour operators.

    Montague Island water transport charters include:

    Montague Island tours and overnight stays depart from:

    • Narooma wharf - Bluewater Drive, Narooma
    • Bermagui wharf - Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui

    All visitors need to be able to climb the island’s jetty ladder and the steep hill that follows.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Narooma and Bermagui wharves.

    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

    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.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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).

    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 pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Montague Island walking track

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    Park info

    • 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).

    Red rocks and aqua water on Montague Island foreshore with views across to Gulaga. Photo: Stuart Cohen/OEH