Montague Island

A Montague Island Tour provides a chance to explore this unique NSW south coast attraction, Explore the Montague Island Nature Reserve on a through guided half day (3-4 hr) offshore adventure. Alternatively, groups can stay overnight in the island's in the restored Lighthouse Keepers Quarters.

This protected Island within the Batemans Marine Park features:

* NSW's largest Little Penguin colony
* NSW's largest fur seal colony, with up to 1000 on the rocks in spring
* thousands of years of ongoing Aboriginal heritage
* over 125 years of ongoing lighthouse history
* a rich marine environment around a diverse Island ecology
* seasonably variable wildlife - always something different

Montague Island is a natural haven for birds. The island is snake-free and there are no predatory mammals as found on the mainland. Birds of prey (raptors) are the only animal threat to the island's bird population. In addition, the rich waters of the East Australian current pass around or near the island providing important feeding grounds for seabirds.

LITTLE PENGUINS (Eudyptula Minor)
Montague Island is home to up to 8000 pairs of Little Penguins, making it NSW's largest colony, and one of the largest in Australia. Their yearly routine involves times of peak activity during breeding and again during moulting, interspersed with long periods foraging at sea. Evening half-day tours are conducted during the peak seasons, and visitors gather on our illuminated observation platform to enjoy watching them land, socialise and then head up the tracks to their burrows which are found all over the island. Overnight tours can often assist in counting birds at more remote landing sites.

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