Unwind on Montague Island
The little island off the Australian coast home to birds, penguins, seals and not much else
Montague Island is a small island located off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is a popular tourist destination and is home to a variety of wildlife, including penguins, seals, dolphins, and whales. The island is approximately two kilometers long and one kilometer wide, and is a part of the Montague Island Nature Reserve.
Where in the world are we?
I always had a yen to visit Montague Island. It regularly gets a mention in descriptions of the annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race as the boats race past it on their way South.
Our visit and three day stay at the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage was organised through the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
We had the island to ouselves most of the time. Tourists do come on day trips but they are only on the island for a short time.
The island is known for its picturesque coastline, rugged cliffs, and unique rock formations. It is also home to the historic Montague Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1881 and is still in operation today, although the service is now automated.
A walk around the island will reveal the colony of New Zealand and Australian fur seals which are at their peak on the island during spring. You might even spot humpback whales along the coastline, and pods of dolphins come to play among the boats too. From October huge numbers of shearwaters begin to arrive and nest on the island through the summer.
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