Montague Island Nature Reserve, sitting just 9km off Narooma, is a haven for marine and animal life.
Montague Island is a sanctuary for wildlife, home to NSW's largest colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals and one of the largest little penguin breeding sites in Australia. A wide variety of birds from peregrine falcons and crested terns to silver gulls patrol the skies above Montague Island, while migrating whales favour its waters for the abundance of krill.
Experience Montague Island's breathtaking natural beauty; play a part in the Island's natural heritage on an overnight tour with Naturewise Montague Island Conservation tours, or treat yourself to something a bit more decadent - a Self Guided Overnight Stay. Enjoy an exhilarating boat trip out to the island where you will meet the curious resident seals. Adventurous travellers can jump in the water and snorkel or dive for an up-close and personal encounter.
The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service manages Montague Island to help maintain its amazing natural features and to preserve its geographical, European and Aboriginal history. After the vessel 'Lady Darling' was wrecked off Mystery Bay in 1880, the lighthouse on Montague Island was established to protect coastal shipping. First lit in 1881, and then converted to a fully automated system in 1986, it remains a part of our coastal navigation system and nautical history.
Apart from the fascinating history of the lighthouse, there's an even more intriguing story - it's the story of a mother and her two sons. Looking back towards the Tilba region on the mainland from Montague Island you can't help but feel like you're being watched by the imposing Gulaga (Mount Dromedary). In this story, Gulaga's youngest son Najanuga (Little Dromedary), stayed behind with his mother while his brother Baranguba (Montague Island) went out to sea on an adventure and never came home. These natural icons have great environmental, historic and cultural significance.