Montague Island, no people but plenty of seals and penguins and just a short boat ride from Narooma; number 56 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Edwina Bartholomew, Seven Network presenter.

Montague Island can get very crowded at peak hour, says Edwina Bartholomew. “That’s around dusk, when 12,000 little penguins make their way from the water to their homes in the scrub.”

Aside from your new flippered friends, you’ll have the whole place to yourself. There are no cars, very little phone reception and one place to stay: the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage (from $1200 a night).

“It feels like Round the Twist,” Bartholomew says. Take your own food and wine to cook in the well-stocked kitchen, and watch whales pass by from the lounge room.

The island is a short boat ride from Narooma on the NSW South Coast: “You’ll pass a big colony of fur seals on your way to the port and if you’re game enough you can take a guided swim with them,” she enthuses.

“I highly recommend the summer swim; we nearly froze to death in winter.” Graves of early inhabitants can be seen on a bush walk through the unspoilt surrounds.

“It would have been a bleak place to live ck then, but makes a lovely stop over now,” she says.

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