History of Montague Island

The original spelling of Montague Island was Montagu! The spelling changed to Montague on the 2nd June 1972. There is no explanation in why the spelling of the name changed. Montague Island was named after the second Earl of Halifax George Montagu Dunk,

Montague Island started as a hill than a headland and now a Island!

In the last Ice Age, about 17000 to 20000 years ago, six kilometres inland, Montague Island was a hill. Montague Island become a headland when the climate warned and the ice melted. The sea level rise 10000  years ago to within 30 metres of what it is today and Montague Island.

With the sea still rising this created two large Islands – Montague Island and another Island to the south. 6000 Years ago the coastline was as it is today.

Once it became an Island Aboriginal people made seasonal visit to Montague Island by Canoe. There is two freshwater springs on the Island and access to many food sources, birds, bird eggs, fish, penguins and possible seals.

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Narooma – One of the Best Places in Australia to Visit

Narooma was named by televisions longest travelling weather presenter, channels 9’s Steve Jacobs and Natalia Cooper who has taken over from Steve Jacobs as one of the best places to visit in Australia.

Of course Narooma was named with its clear blue water, world class fishing, beautiful Wagonga Inlet, oysters, bodalla cheese, Montague Island, Snorkelling the seals and whale watching.

Narooma Bridge

Narooma Bridge crossing at Wagonga Inlet.

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Stay the night at Montague Island

Montague Island house

Stay the night at Montague Island

Wake up surround by Ocean. Montague Island has two cottages available for overnight stays, and have a special running at the moment stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 during whale watching season, 1 May to 30 November 2017. Valid only for booking made between 1 May to 30 November 2017.

For more information or to book phone National Parks on 13000 72757.

Whilst staying on Montague Island, we can help you with a whale watching tour, fishing charter or a snorkel with the playful seals.

Whales Spotted Montague Island near Narooma

Lots of whales have been spotted over the last couple of days off the coast of Narooma near Montague Island. This time of years the whales are heading North for the winter and will return around the start of September.

If you would like to go and get up close with the whales, Narooma Tours offers a whale watching tour.

whale jumping montague island

Whale jumping near Montague Island off the Narooma coastline.

Our whale watching season is from September to November and free whale watching is including in all our Montague Island Tours, but  if you are wanting to head out on a Montague Island Tours shortly you may just see these amazing creatures on your journey out.