After twelve odd years on Sydney Weekender I’m often asked, “What’s your favourite story?” So here’s the first (you don’t expect me to have just one do you?)!

Montague is on the East Coast of Australia off the NSW South Coast, approximately nine kilometres from Narooma.

It is absolutely teeming with wildlife so understandably it’s within a protected nature reserve. Hundreds of Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals bask on the rocks (look closely they’re well camouflaged!) and play cheekily in the water below, all of them year-round inhabitants.

Montague Island: the e-sea life

Not only can you spot them, but also dolphins, turtles and even humpback whales in the spring. For marine life lovers it’s something you don’t want to miss.

Also famous for its fairy penguins, Montague comes alive at night. You can easily see the little fellas coming in from the water and waddling up the path to their nests. It is a very cool experience. Montague’s evening atmosphere is made more magical by the towering twenty one metre tall lighthouse. Our crew being into nature and somewhat lighthouse obsessed agreed that this place is awesome.

We wrapped filming the penguins late and were looking forward to making a home cooked meal in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. As we ascended the hill to our accommodation the lighthouse dwarfed us casting it’s rays out to sea and I heard my cameraman (who shoots location stories day in and day out) mutter “Top five stories of all time, top five”.

the e-sea life recommends:
The Head Keeper’s Quarters

Jump onto montagueisland.com.au

Take it e-sea. Mel x

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