Have you wondered how Lady Musgrave Island was created

How was Lady Musgrave Island Created?

Believe it or not, the “land” that forms the Great Barrier Reef is the remains of sediments of the Great Dividing Range (Australia’s largest mountain range). It extends over 2500 kilometres along the coast line of Queensland. Wow isn’t that amazing!

Coral Cay

There are many types of reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef however at the Southern End, we are graced with reefs that also include a coral cay. A coral cay is actually an island formed from the loose coral sediments that are broken up by prevailing winds and “pushed” into an area of the reef where it deposits, settles and begins to form the cay. There are many cays on the Great Barrier Reef however Lady Musgrave is the only one that you can gain ACCESS into the partially protected waters of the lagoon, within the walls of the reef itself.

Lady Musgrave Island is over 19 hectares (49 acres) and is properly described as a wooded, sandy cay. It has been built by wind driven waves, pushing coral rubble, sand and broken shells to one end of the reef. Now it is held together by the roots of trees and shrubs, fertilised by the bird droppings of those that nest, live and breed on the island.

Lady Musgrave Lagoon

The lagoon is surrounded by an oval shaped coral ring, striving to grow outward which has collapsed in the centre. The reef consists of over 3000 acres comprising of cay (island), lagoon and reef, with the lagoon itself around 1000 acres.

Great, broad-leafed Pisonia trees (Pisonia Grandis) dominate the island’s interior. They are soft wooded and shallow rooted so they sometimes topple or drop branches in strong winds and storms but continue to live in a tangles mat of trunks and roots. The Pandanus thrives around the island’s edge on strong roots that bind the soil and sand. Casuarina Pines thrive in the open spaces and their fine leaves give great shade. Octopus Bush are around the foreshore and Sandpaper Figs can be found inland.

So time to come and visit this island paradise with the enthusiastic

passionate team from 1770reef.

 

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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