Although in Australia we are already on an island, it doesn’t often feel like it. Sometimes it feels like the only way to get away and have a break is to head to another, much smaller island.
It seems ridiculous but Montague Island offers just that and there’s plenty to see and do while you’re there.
Perhaps most famed is the iconic lighthouse which was built in 1881, automated in 1986 and de-manned in 1987. It is a grand feature and a marvellous piece of architecture.
When it comes to flora and fauna, there is plenty to be excited about, with fairy penguins making for a unique draw card to the island. The playful and inquisitive seals will also surely delight with their frolicking antics.
Due to its seclusion from the mainland, there are no predators to affect local wildlife and so the penguins, along with crested terns, mutton birds and seals, all thrive.
If you’d like to spend more time on the island, stay in the beautifully refurbished Montague Island Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters, built in 1881, which is available for group bookings. You can also play your part as a conservationist, guests are also welcome to get involved in the ongoing penguin research project while visiting this unique island.
Montague Island also presents opportunities to witness some of the most beautiful panoramic views of any in Australia, with the lighthouse lookout offering 360 degree views.
Cruises around the island are also a popular way to spend the day, and there are various guided tours to showcase Montague Island’s best points of interest.
The most popular tour operators include:
So spend the day or stay a night at the fully-restored Lighthouse Keepers Headquarters and let the peaceful atmosphere takeover.
For visitor information – check out the National Park website.