Things You Must See and Do on Montague Island
You’ll find Narooma i.e., Montague Island 4.5 hours south of Sydney, and 3 hours from Canberra. Located on the beautiful NSW South Coast, Montage Island boasts abundant wildlife, water activities and gorgeous landmarks. This part of Australia is characterized by temperate climates, very well known for its oysters, clear waters, unspoilt environment and some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Land Down Under. Montague Island is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world, with a staggering environment and surrounded by clear waters. It’s also home to a large colony of seals and little penguins. Popular with holidaymakers from Sydney, Canberra and all over Australia, tourists flock to the island for a snorkel with the seals year-round. If you’re planning your visit to this gorgeous island, here’s what you must see and do.
Explore the depths of the sea
Swimming, diving, and snorkelling are an absolute must anywhere on the coast of Australia. You cannot miss out on diving in the deep blue waters on Montague Island and experiencing all the wonders of the underwater world. Have you ever swum with the seals? How about watch whales and witness the penguins in their natural habitat. Visiting Montague Island offers all that and much more. Look for guided tours that will take you snorkelling and diving right next to the seals. Experience the best of marine life in Narooma by going on one of the most exciting adventures of your life. You’ll get the necessary snorkelling gear, a PADI instructor will be there to guide you through, and you’ll even have a noodle for flotation at your disposal.
Spend the night in a lighthouse
When looking for a famous landmark to visit, look no further than Montague Island’s granite lighthouse. Have an unforgettable experience by booking an overnight stay in one of the island’s two lovingly restored lighthouse keeper’s cottages. The cottages feature breathtaking ocean views and will truly make your day and night in Montague Island. If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation for a day, chilling out on the terrace of your cottage, watching humpback whales flap their tales out of the waves as fur seals unwind on the rocky shoreline is all you need for complete enjoyment.
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Go on a guided tour
Are you interested in the island’s history? Would you like to know more about who discovered it and after whom it was named? To learn all that and much more, browse the Internet to find Montague Island tours that will provide you with the most information and offer the best adventure. Land-based excursion, for instance, will take you to the island’s Australian and New Zealand fur seal colonies and show you the beautiful lighthouse. You can find plenty of whale watching tours from September to November, fishing charters, as well as snorkelling with seals. Whichever tour you choose you’ll have the time of your life as they’ll all offer exciting activities and new experiences.
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Have a fishing adventure
For all the fishing aficionados and those who want to test their skills, Montague Island offers numerous fishing tours too. Coastal fishing is one of the biggest hypes of the island, and you should try it. Use the chance to catch marlin, yellowfin tuna or kingfish. You could also be lucky to catch snapper and blue morwong, blue eye cod and hapuka. If you’ve never had a meal fresh from the ocean, this will certainly be more than a fascinating trip for you.
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When to visit Montague Island
Visiting Montague Island is perfect all year long. Choosing the season to visit only depends on what you’d like to experience the most. Guided tours run year-round, and depending on the season you visit, you’ll have different experiences. If you’d love to see the fur seal colony, visit in mid-spring when it reaches its peak. Penguins and whales arrive in September, while a vast number of shearwaters begin to arrive in October and nest on the island throughout the summer months. If you’d rather enjoy a snorkelling tour and explore the marine life, then the warmer months like November and December would be most appropriate.
Visiting Montague Island should be on your bucket list as it includes a myriad of fantastic activities for you. Whether you want to walk across the island or enjoy some water activities, you’ll have the time of your life. Choose when you want to visit depending on what you want to enjoy the most, and you’ll create memories for a lifetime.