A Great Barrier Reef visitor experience can be enjoyed any time of the year and we’re going to share with you why.

All Year Round

  • Six of the world’s seven species of turtles call the Great Barrier Reef their home and we see them in the lagoon of Lady Musgrave all year.
  • Blue spotted and Lagoon Rays can be spotted in the shallows of the coral sands as you approach the beach of the Lady Musgrave Island.
  • Giant Clams are abundant and we have some beauties in our snorkel zone.


  • Dolphins can be encountered at any time in the open waters and often “play” with Reef Jet as she travels to and from Lady Musgrave.
  • Clown anemone fish can be found at any time of the year.

White-tip and Black-tip reef sharks are present as well, but will you see them? Probably not, they are very, very shy.

Summer on the reef (December to February)

  • Turtle nesting and hatching is happening right now.
  • Fish spawning reaches a peak during these months.

Peak breeding times for most of the seabird species also occurs at this time with tens of thousands of birds nesting on Lady Musgrave. Make sure your hat is on!

Autumn time (March to May)

  • Humpback whales start moving towards the Queensland coast on their annual migration to the warmer northern waters for breeding.
  • Black-tip reach sharks are having “pups” – yes, that is what baby sharks are called.
  • Seabird chicks begin to leave the island to start their own lives.

Winter on the water (June to August)

  • This is a good time to be seeing the Humpback whales more regularly on our Day Trips to Lady Musgrave.
  • Manta rays will be commonly spotted at feeding locations near the surface. We even get them snorkelling with us in Lady Musgrave lagoon from time to time.
  • Dugong mating starts (haven’t spotted these at Lady Musgrave….. yet

Spring is in the air (September to November)

  • September would have to be the month to spot the Humpback whales with their calves as they make their way south back home. They may even hang out at Lady Musgrave for a day or two to feed and rest baby.
  • Turtle mating starts with the amorous males battle it out to see who will get the girl. We often spot this activity in the water, on the island and on the coral flats at lower tide. The ladies then commence one of many laying’s for the season right on the upper beach of Lady Musgrave Island.
  • Breeding activity begins for most of the seabird species during October.
  • Mass Coral Spawning event occurs at this time, sometime between October and December depending on water temperatures and moon cycles