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Montague Island…

by on Sep.13, 2016, under Life, Photography

One of Australia’s best kept secrets. Montague Island Nature Reserve is a breathtaking wildlife sanctuary situated nine kilometres off Narooma, on the south coast of New South Wales.

Montague View

Montague View

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/60 sec at f/9, ISO 140 x 19 Frames

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Montague Island is a continental island contained within the Montague Island Nature Reserve.

It is the largest island off the New South Wales east coast other than Lord Howe Island. It has been classified by the National Trust as a Landscape Conservation Area for its scenic, scientific and historical values.

The Montague Island Light buildings are entered on the Register of the National Estate because of the architectural quality of the tower and residences.

Eight of us would be spending four days (three nights) staying in the Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. The building is on the right of the very wide panorama up top. The image was taken from the top of the lighthouse which towers above the highest point on the island. The panorama encompasses a full 360˚ horizontal view and consists of nineteen (19) vertical frames.

Montague Light

Montague Light

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 40 mm, 1/40 sec at f/11, ISO 125

Public access to the island is restricted to guided tours conducted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in association with private operators.

We’d have the whole island essentially to ourselves for the days and nights. An amazing rugged location with incredible photographic opportunities both day and night. With beautiful landscapes and spectacular coastlines all around (suiting both sunrise on one side and sunset on the other). An abundance of natural wildlife with seals, whales, penguins and all manner of birds. With a total area of less than one square kilometre it was easy and quick to walk anywhere we wanted to photograph at any time of day.

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56 mm, 1/50 sec at f/8, ISO 100 x 8 Frames

Very late afternoon light (6PM). The light was beautiful and the way it bathed the island was so serene. A day well spent.

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