Lady Musgrave Island Family Friendly

Lady Musgrave Island is perfect for all ages

Located right in our backyard, The Great Barrier Reef is perfect for both Australian and International families as it is surrounded by a Coral Wall to protect the Lagoon for stunning, safe snorkeling.

Untouched paradise
Lady Musgrave Island which is sometimes overlooked has some of the easiest reef viewing experiences for families. It is not crowded and fuss free, with minimal commercial reef enterprises; unlike other reefs. For easiest access to the departure point of Seventeen Seventy you can either fly into Gladstone or Bundaberg – or a short 5 hour drive from QLD’s capital city Brisbane.

Cost friendly for the extended family experience
There is no island resort on Lady Musgrave Island, and mainland (Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water) accommodation is generally a cheaper option than island resort accommodation in other locations, resulting in a more cost effective experience for larger families. But because you aren’t ‘staying’ on an island doesn’t mean you won’t get that easy access to the true reef with 1770reef’s boat departing daily for full day tours to Lady Musgrave Island. 1770reef also have family packages and can offer great saving for additional children for the larger family. Want to bring the Grandparents along too? No worries, there is also a discounted rate for seniors.

Fun in the water for all ages
Lady Musgrave Island is fully surrounded by a wall of coral – creating a lagoon in which all of 1770reef’s tour activities are held. This lagoon resembles a large natural swimming pool; calm and safe full of colourful corals and marine life ready for your family to explore. Snorkel without fear of marine stingers year round, with the safety of provided life vest and floating noodles for added security. 1770reef have snorkels, masks, fins, wetsuits and flotation devices to fit all ages and sizes.

Personalised Experience
Children and adults alike love the glass bottom boat tours, viewing the underwater wonders of the lagoon without getting wet – with added commentary with our knowledgeable and experience guide Barrie, who has lived and breathed the reef his entire life.

Sandy Toes
If your family also wants to get their feet sandy our lovely and passionate Island Guide will take you on a fun guided tour of the island itself. Spotting where turtles have nested and bird watching, there is great island history to be told also.

Fussy eaters….No worries
What is better when travelling with kids for a full day than a fully catered tour; your family will be provided with freshly made scones in the morning, seasonal tropical fruits throughout the day, healthy and fresh filled wraps and turkish bread rolls for lunch, and delicious cheese and antipasto platter as you sail home. Special dietary requirements or picky eaters are easily catered for; all our food is made fresh the morning before travel.

Whats New!

Whats New!

1770reef’s Reef Jet! Yes she has arrived at the 1770 Marina our new vessel to take you to your dream destination.

What is Your favorite destination

Lady Musgrave Island

The Town of 1770 is the closest access to Lady Musgrave Island and the outer Great Barrier
Reef being a short 1.5hr approx.
Southern Great Barrier Reef is the official start of one of the world’s great wonders only 5.5hr drive
North from Brisbane. Boasting colourful coral cays, authentic seaside town of 1770 and Island jewels,
Lady Musgrave Island provides a picture perfect getaway to experience all the reef has to offer. Get
up close to resident marine life including the Great 8 – Whales, Manta Rays, Turtles, Clown Fish,
Sharks,Giant Clams, Potato Cod and the Maori Wrasse. Included for your day–, Snorkelling , Guided
Island Walk and Coral Viewing tour on the Glass Bottom Boat, also provided is Morning and
Afternoon tea, Tropical Buffet Lunch, Beverages
1770reef tours to Lady Musgrave Island daily part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. You get to
explore one the most beautiful places on earth and Snorkel with the Turtles, Manta Rays and other
marine life just a short distance from Main Land at the Town of 1770.

Pancake Creek

Pancake Creek is a short 40min boat trip from the Town of 1770
Southern Great Barrier Reef is the official start of one of the world’s great wonders only 5.5hr drive
North from Brisbane. Tour includes a picturesque walk to Aeroplane Beach and a Snorkel or swim
in the secluded bay after a light lunch and morning tea. Be the first to put your footprints in the sand
as this is a secluded beautiful place with magnificent

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Trip Advisor  Certificate of Excellence 2018

We have received the 2018 TripAdvisor CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE for our tour to Lady Musgrave Island from the Town of 1770.

Great news from 1770reef!

How do you receive a certificate of excellence

This achievement celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

To qualify for this award, a business must:

-Maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars

-Have a minimum number of reviews

-Been listed for at least 12 months

 

1770reef have meet all these requirements and this is all because of YOU, our amazing Customers and your wonderful reviews.

 

As a company we truly appreciate all who take our tours, and love reading the positive and constructive feedback left on TripAdvisor.

 

Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip.

The Certificate of Excellence celebrates the businesses that make these perfect trips possible.

Being awarded this Certificate has motivated the 1770reef team, it has proved that our high standards and excelling in giving our customers the most unforgettable trip becomes recognized.  We are very proud to have been awarded this.

Thank you for all our passengers

Thank you to all our valued passengers that have traveled with us and taken the time out of their busy schedules to review us.  We do appreciate this effort from our passengers.  Thank you.

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Bundaberg Qld

The town of Bundaberg in Queensland is approximately one and a half hours drive from Town of 1770, which makes it a perfect destination to launch your cruise to Lady Musgrave Island onboard our modern catamaran.

Take a leisurely drive through historic villages and sub-tropical tablelands, via towns such as Yandarn, Rosedale, Captain Creek and the beautiful Agnes Water.

The actual Bundaberg region covers more than 6,000 square kilometres and boasts diverse natural resources and facilities. It boasts a mixture of environments including the city, rural lands, coastal waterways and protected natural areas.

The Bundaberg region is the beginning of the internationally renowned Southern Great Barrier Reef, just a stones throw to Lady Musgrave Island via Town of 1770.

Bundaberg City is the centre of this unique region, and is centred on the picturesque Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the commercial and service centre, as well as distribution point for the entire region.

The climate in Bundaberg and reaching as far north as Town of 1770 is a mild sub-tropical environ, ensuring gorgeous summer days of blue skies and crystal clear waters. The city includes modern shopping facilities, plenty of tourism destinations and a very relaxed, inviting lifestyle.

Whilst in Bundaberg, consider visiting the Botanic Gardens, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and plenty of Cycling and Walking trails.

For more information, visit the Bundaberg offical tourism website here.

Finding Nemo at Lady Musgrave Island

We all love “Nemo” at Lady Musgrave Island

The Great 8!  Number #3 on the list of Great 8 are our beautiful Clown Fish and notably well known around the world “Nemo”.

 Boy or Girl?

All Clown Fish are born. These very social fish live together with a dominant female. If she dies, the most dominant male will change sex to female and become the leader.

Home Safe!

 Clown Fish have a very special relationship with the Anemone (related to coral and jellyfish and some experts say half plant and half animal). The Clown Fish eat the anemone leftovers (fish pieces for example) and live among https://www.1770reef.com.au/book-now/ the protection of the venomous tentacles. The anemone uses the Clown Fish for removal of dead tentacles and to improve water circulation around itself.

What Colour Am I?

Clown Fish come in a variety of wonderful colours. They have white stripes that are combined with orange, red, yellow, blue, or black basic body colour. Of course, we all think of the orange type due to the popularity of the movie “Finding Nemo”.

Come and Get Me!

By gaining the protection of the toxic tentacles of the anemone, Clown Fish can be known to be quite aggressive in nature if predators do come close. Recently, on a 1770reef Day Trip to Lady Musgrave, we have experienced, first hand, a Hawksbill Turtle trying to eat coral near an anemone with resident Clown Fish and out they  charged towards the turtle, – twice. Always ready to protect their homes.

Clown Fish – One. Turtle – Nil.

They will also fiercely protect their homes from other Clown Fish. However, if with the best protection, Clown Fish is often preyed on by large fish, sharks and eels.

Let 1770reef help you tick the famous       CLOWN FISH   # 3 on the Great Barrier Reef Great 8 off your bucket list!!!                                  

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Meet the Majestic Manta Ray’s at Lady Musgrave Island

Manta Ray’s at Lady Musgrave Island with 1770reef

The gracefulness of the Manta Ray is truly a thing of beauty. They are a giant of the ocean and can reach a disc size of up to 7metres, averaging around 4.5 metres.

Coming in at Number #2 on the Great 8 of our Great Barrier Reef’s living icons is the Manta Ray and you may have to chance to get up close and personal while snorkelling the pristine waters of Lady Musgrave Lagoon.

Did you know?

The Manta Ray has the largest brain to body size ration of any living fish which makes them quite inquisitive around snorkellers and divers, coming up to “inspect” what you are up to.

How  fast can they go?

The flapping in Mantas can generate incredible amount of propulsion. A 4.5 metre Manta can travel at around 14 kilometres per hour with bursts of up to 35 kilometres per hour.

You can name one as well.

If you get a chance to swim with the Manta take a photo of its underbelly. No two Mantas have the same markings. If it is identified as a “new” sighting, you can name it yourself!

The Love Train

During breeding times up to 30 males may follow only one (1) female as she leads them in a merry dance resembling something like the old Conga Line dance. She will then choose one of the males as a partner. Once she falls pregnant, the male departs and has no part in any parenting.

 What a big mouth you have?

The Manta has a very large, forward facing mouth. This allows them to migrate across the open seas and filter feed large quantities of plankton which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim along.

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Are there Whales out near Lady Musgrave Island – Yes

Number 1 Great 8 Bucket List – Whales!!

Humpback, Dwarf Minke, False Killer, Killer, Short-Finned Pilot, Sperm and various Beaked Whales can all be seen in the Great Barrier Reef and around Lady Musgrave Island in season.  With the Humpback Whale being the most commonly sighted species of whale on the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpback Highway

Humpback Whales are on the move along Australia’s East Coast from June-November each year. Swimming, Breaching and tail slapping their way up to the Great Barrier Reef to escape to southern winter chill and find a warm, sheltered spot to expand their family.

Whale Songs    

Humpback Whales have a intriguing ability to ‘sing’ underwater.    Songs are used to communicate with other Humpback Whales and can last for up to 30 minutes.

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum

Humpback Whales are considered the Giants of the ocean.

SIZE –   Up to 16m long       WEIGHT – 40-45 tonnes        PECTORAL FIN LENGTH – up to 5m

BRAIN SIZE – 5kg               HEART – 1.2-1.5m long         FOOD – approx. 2000kg/day

LIFESPAN – up to 50 years                                                SPEED – 3.5-5kts, fastest 9-10kts

The Celebrity Whale                     

A purely white Humpback Whale does not have melanin pigments in its skin. A unique combination of genes from the parent whales are needed to produce white offspring, making them incredibly rare.

One of the most famous of these on the Great Barrier Reef in Migaloo (the Aboriginal word for ‘white fella’)

Migaloo is one of the few known white Humpback Whales in the world.

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Giant Clam

Giant Clams at Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon

It’s The Great 8!

The Giant Clam is found at our very own Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, with the Giant Clam earing its spot at number 5, alongside the likes of Whales, Manta Rays, Clown Fish, Sharks, Potato Cod, Maori Wrasse and Turtles.

Lady Musgrave Island is one of the only locations along the Great Barrier Reef where all 8 can be found, including of course the amazing Giant Clam.

Did you know?

It’s said that, like a human fingerprint, no two Giant Clams have the same colouration or mantle pattern.  These wild technicolour effects actually come from algae living within the clam’s tissue.

These extraordinary mollusks, which can grow to 1.5 meters in length and weigh up to 200 kilograms, feature a pretty ordinary exterior but a stunning mantle – the fleshy part protruding from the shell.

One of these Clams is not like the other….

Adult giant clams cannot close their shells completely.   This makes them the only species of clams unable to do so.

Male or Female?

By nature, Giant Clams are hermaphrodites. They possess the reproductive organs of both the sexes.

Despite this, they cannot reproduce on their own. On the contrary, they release sperms and eggs into the water.

A single giant clam can release over 500 million eggs at one time.

What’s for dinner?

The algae that grow within the Giant Clam’s mantle tissue are their main source of food. The giant clams absorb sugars and proteins, which these algae produce as they photosynthesize. The nutrition that they get from these algae enables them to acquire such enormous sizes.

Owing to their immense size and their sessility, giant clams are also preyed upon by a number of predators which are, more often than not, much smaller than them.

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Baby Turtles Hatching

Turtles Hatching

Marine turtles have nested on parts of the Queensland coast for thousands of years. To watch a marine turtle nest is to experience one of nature’s truly wonderful rituals. A marine turtle can be between 30 to 50 years of age before it begins to breed and may only breed every few years.

When do they Hatch

The hatchlings join the world from about January to April, emerging in a flurry from their nests, generally during the night, after a period of 7 to 10 weeks in the nest. They have an extremely low chance of survival, with only about one (1) in one thousand (1000) reaching maturity.

In the nest, hatchlings break their egg shell wall within hours of each other and then it can take up to 24 hours to emerge totally from the eggshell.  En masse, they climb upwards towards the surface, breathing the air in between the grains of sand. It can take them up to 2 days to actually reach the surface.

From the nest, the hatchlings will race down to the ocean as they respond to the environmental indicators around to help them on their way to the water. This can take several minutes to achieve and at all stages they may be vulnerable to predators both on shore and in the water.

Which turtles are you likely see at Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is fortunate enough to have many  Green Turtles, with sightings of Loggerheads and occasionally the endangered Hawksbill  the Hawksbill are very special when you see them they actually look like they have a hawks bill. Green and Loggerheads are the most common hatchlings beginning their lives in the beautiful waters of Lady Musgrave Lagoon.

1770 Fresh Gala Dinner with Matt Golinski Celebrity Chef

https://www.1770reef.com.au/day-tours/Gala Dinner plus Reef Tour $400pp

Feel like getting dressed up and having a Dinner like no other cooked for you by Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski  and then off experience the wonders of Lady Musgrave Island then this package is for you.

Celebrity Cheff Matt Golinski

The 1770 Fresh Gala Dinner with Matt Golinski will be held on the Friday 27th July 2018 at the 1770 Marina under Marque.  Matt made regular appearances on Read Steady Cook.  For bookings please call 0749 727 222, you can book just the dinner or a package of Dinner plus reef.

1770reef

After a night out with our Celebrity Chef why not top it off with a trip to the reef, Lady Musgrave Island.  Lady Musgrave Island is part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Town of Seventeen Seventy is the closest access to Lady Musgrave Island and the Outer Great Barrier Reef.  Tours Depart Daily from the 1770 Marina. 0749727222