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About 1770 Reef Eco Tours

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About Us

At 1770 Reef, we offer full-day, all-inclusive tours of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. As a family-owned company with an advanced eco-tourism certification, we prioritize sustainability and accessibility.

Our experienced crew aboard the Orca ensures a personalized journey to Lady Musgrave Island and Lagoon, where guests can explore stunning coral reefs and encounter diverse marine life. From guided island walks to snorkelling adventures, every moment is enriched by our commitment to excellence.

Join us for an unforgettable exploration of one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders.

Our Boats

Our vessels, led by the flagship Orca, are designed for both comfort and adventure. With a capacity of up to 120 guests, Orca ensures a spacious and personalized experience as you journey to Lady Musgrave Island and Lagoon. Our boats are equipped with modern amenities and safety features, providing peace of mind for all passengers. Whether you’re enjoying the panoramic views from the deck or marveling at marine life through the glass-bottom boat, our vessels are your gateway to an unforgettable exploration of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

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Our Friendly Crew & Staff

Meet our dedicated crew, the heart and soul of 1770 Reef’s exceptional service. Comprised of experienced locals with a passion for the ocean, our crew members are committed to ensuring your journey is safe, informative, and memorable.

From the moment you step aboard, our crew is on hand to assist with any needs and share their extensive knowledge of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Whether it’s pointing out fascinating marine life, offering snorkelling tips, or guiding you through the island’s hidden gems, our team goes above and beyond to make your experience truly special.

With a focus on professionalism and hospitality, our crew members create a welcoming atmosphere where guests can relax and immerse themselves in the wonders of the reef. Join us on a journey led by our expert crew, and discover the magic of the Southern Great Barrier Reef like never before.

Our History

Lady Musgrave Island, part of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, is near the town of 1770. Named for Lady Musgrave, it holds cultural significance for local Aboriginal tribes and is known as Wallaginji (“Beautiful Reef”). Historically used for guano mining and tourism, it now boasts thriving ecosystems with Pisonia trees, numerous bird species, and serves as a nesting site for turtles. The surrounding lagoon is perfect for snorkelling, featuring reef sharks and vibrant coral.

The Town of 1770, originally Round Hill, marks Captain Cook’s 1770 landing. Known for its sunsets and wildlife, it remains largely natural. The Mergard family, who established local fishing charters in 1985, continue to operate eco-tours, preserving the town’s charm and ecology.

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Why Choose Us

  1. Town of 1770 is the closest access point to Lady Musgrave Island.
  2. Snorkel with turtles, manta rays and an array of marine life.
  3. Fully catered and hot drinks available all day.
  4. Safe snorkelling environment with resting station, floatation equipment and safety staff.
  5. Guided island walk and glass bottom boat viewing.
  6. Year round great water visibility.
  7. A top class crew ready to cater for your every need.
  8. Local family owned and operated.

1770 Reef Gift Shop

Don’t forget to visit our gift shop at our office, where you’ll find a range of locally sourced souvenirs and reef-friendly products. From apparel to marine-themed keepsakes, there’s something for everyone to remember their journey with us. Plus, your purchase supports our eco-tourism and conservation efforts, making it a souvenir with a positive impact.

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