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Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve

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Barunguba (bar-ran-goo-ba) Montague Island is home to hundreds of seals and more than 90 bird species. It also has cultural significance to the Yuin people. Enjoy a stay in a heritage lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

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Barunguba Montague Island Nature Reserve, just off the south coast near Narooma, offers the chance to experience a spectacular wildlife wonderland. Choose a day trip or indulge your inner mariner and stay in historic lighthouse accommodation. Any way you experience it, the incredible heritage, wildlife and breathtaking island views could keep you coming back.

Visit from late winter to early December to see hundreds of seals lazing on the rocks, or bring your binoculars for a spot of birdwatching. More than 90 bird species have been seen on the island and 19 of them nest over summer. During spring, you’re likely to see whales frolicking in the water on their annual southern migration.  Our knowledgeable tour guides will be on hand to answer all your questions.

If you’re after an unforgettable experience, why not stay overnight in either of the two lovingly-restored lighthouse keeper’s cottages? Indulge in a weekend escape with a difference in unique heritage quarters amid spectacular surroundings.

Highlights in this park


Whale watching top spots

NSW national parks have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure.

A humpback whale breaches the water off the NSW coast, near Sydney. Photo credit: Wayne Reynolds &copy Wayne Reynolds


7 awe-inspiring lighthouses

While most lighthouses are automatic these days, they're still spectacular markers of historic times. To help you get your lighthouse fix, we’ve done the hard work and picked a few (well, 7 to be exact) of the best lighthouses in NSW.

Aerial view of Smoky Cape lighthouse, Hat Head National Park. Photo: Jessica Robertson/OEH.

General enquiries


  • Narooma, NSW, 2546
  • in the South Coast region
  • Barunguba 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. Barunguba Montague Island is only accessible via one of NSW National Parks and Wildlife contracted commercial vessel tour operators. Go to for details.

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