Just 12 kms of the coast of Narooma NSW, you can stay on a secluded island and sleep in the lighthouse!
They’ve been out of bounds to the public for 130 years, but now the head lighthouse keeper’s quarters on Montague Island, smack in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve – are open for you to explore, or even stay over as a wonderfully restored heritage guesthouse.
“A NIGHTMARE STORY TO FILM BECAUSE EVERY ASPECT IS SO GOOD. I COULD’VE EASILY SHOT A DOCO ON THE PLACE. TWO THUMBS UP!” – Catriona Rowntree
Just off the coast from Narooma on the south coast of NSW, Montague Island was first operated as a lighthouse site in the late 1800s, and today is a crucial breeding ground and habitat for Little Penguins, as well as playing home to the largest Australian and New Zealand Fur Seal colony along the NSW coast.
Guests to the isolated island can also assist in ongoing seabird habitat and penguin research projects – doubling up as the perfect romantic eco-adventure. In fact, tours to this magical place are conducted year-round by Conservation Volunteers Australia. Call (03) 5330 2600 or check out www.conservationvolunteers.com.au for more info.
WHERE // 12km offshore east of Narooma, NSW.
DID YOU KNOW? // The lighthouse was constructed of granite blocks quarried from a large rock outcrop on the island. The Sydney General Post Office’s foundation stone also came from here. The huge, original lighthouse-lens (removed in 1986) is on display at the Narooma Lighthouse Museum.