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Montague Island Nature Reserve sits just 9km off the coast of New South Wales near Narooma and is a wildlife wonderland which has been described as “something out of a David Attenborough doco”!

Barunguba (Montague Island) is a sacred place of the Yuin aboriginal people. For thousands of years, they travelled there by bark canoe for ceremonies and food, and to use it as a men’s teaching place. The granite lighthouse, which is still in operation, was built in 1881 and affords magnificent 360 degree views from the top.

The island is home to hundreds of fur seals (both Australian and New Zealand varieties) and over 90 species of birds including Peregrine Falcons, Crested Terns and Shearwaters. 15 different species nest on the island over the summer.

new zealand fur seals sitting on coloured rocks on montague island

New Zealand fur seals catching the last of the sun.

In spring time, the Humpback and Southern Right whales travel past on their migration south, and you can also see the resident fairy penguins come ashore for the night, if you visit on an evening cruise. And if that is not enough wildlife for you, there are nearly always pods of dolphins to escort the cruise boasts into harbour!

Hundreds of crested terns nesting high up on Montague Island. Views back to the mainland.

Nesting Crested Terns. No chicks yet!

Gang Gang Tours had a great trip to Montague Island with Narooma Tours earlier this month, and we are looking forward to sharing the experience with our guests this summer. Some guests may even be lucky enough to have a swim with the seals!

To see what other amazing wildlife experiences you can have on a Gang Gang Tour of the magnificent south east of New South Wales, have a look at our Tours page…


See you soon!