LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND

LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND PART OF SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF

Come with us and visit one of the most beautiful ladies on the whole Great Barrier Reef. It’s absolutely true – Lady Musgrave Island – with clear, pristine waters of the lagoon, almost 10 kilometres of reef wall and embraced within her arms – the island itself. One of the best reasons to visit this area is the reef wall has a deep channel that allows vessels to enter into the safety of her arms within the lagoon. It will be the beginning of a new love affair that will draw you back to her time and time again. She truly is a special woman and a very special place. One that we are so lucky to enjoy as the world’s climatic conditions are changing around us, seriously impacting the largest living structure on this whole planet we call home.

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SNORKELING THE REEF

Snorkel the calm lagoon waters and view the coral and marine life at your leisure. Lady Musgrave Lagoon is surrounded by a coral wall that gives it the protection from the open waters of the sea, and makes it like a large swimming pool to snorkel in giving you a sense of safety as the Island is close  Enjoy our guided island walk on the island itself. Truly an enchanted forest thrives here, reliant on only rain water for growth.

SUMMER TIME AT LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND

If you come in summer, make sure your hat is on, the 10,000 Noddy Terns that call this place home for the breeding season are above you as you walk. And we all know what birds do, don’t we.

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GLASS BOTTOM BOAT VIEWING

Enjoy our glass bottom boat tour, gliding across the lagoon, learning about the different coral formations and the reef itself. See if you can spot Nemo or Dory on your way. The turtles like to hang out with us as well for the day, right near the boat, an easy snorkel to knock on their door and marvel in their company.  you can watch all this above the water with our guide telling you about all the marine life below so that you can then Snorkel at your own pace and know what you have seen.

 

WHALES, YES WHEN THEY ARE IN SEASON

During the Whale Season, we often enjoy encounters with these graceful giants of the sea. Sometimes, they like to play just over the reef wall, right where you are snorkel. Don’t worry – they won’t come inside. Other times we spot them are on the trip out and back. Remembering of course, if they are right there next to us, you’ll get the best viewing, as the vessel may drift along with them until they flap their pectoral fin and wave us goodbye.

Sound all too good to be true – well it’s not. Come with #1770reef to visit the most beautiful Lady in the world – Lady Musgrave Island, Lagoon and Reef.


Organ Pipe Coral

DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN ORGAN PIPE IS?

Organ Pipe is also a type of CORAL that grows in our Great Barrier Reef. It has quite unique actually. It is the only coral that retains its colour after it dies. On our walks around the island we often see vivid red fragments of this beautiful, red coral skeleton.

Tubipora music – there’s that musical reference to the actual organ pipe – Organ Pipe Coral forms in colonies of parallel, vertical tubes connected by horizontal platforms. The polyps live in the uppermost part of the tubes and come out to feed during the day. You’d think with such a beautifully coloured outer “house”,  that the polyps would be colourful as well? Nope, they are boring whites and creams. We never see this while we snorkel as while the polyps are out they cover the striking red skeleton.

Now, you know that we have hard corals and soft corals in the Great Barrier Reef right? Guess which one this.

It’s a SOFT coral that just happens to have  a calcium carbonate outer skeleton that forms just like the pipes on of an organ.

The Organ Pipe Coral, because of its red calcareous skeleton, has long been prized for jewellery and decorative ornaments since ancient times. Even a tiara was made from it in the mid 19th Century by Phillips Bros, London. This was a company well known for its distinctive coral jewellery and In 1870 the firm advertised that it had ‘the most complete collection of fine coral work in the world’.

Did you know;

Back in the “old days” the Organ Pipe Coral was believed to save children from illness, promote fertility and protect against witchcraft as well.

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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

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.

 

We are the Closest access to the Reef!

Lady Musgrave Island – Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

1770reef provides you with the closest access to Lady Musgrave Island being just a short boat trip out fro the Town of 1770  to Lady Musgrave Island, Reef and Lagoon. The Town of 1770/Agnes Water is only 5 hours from the city of Brisbane and only 1.5 hours from city of Bundaberg, by car.

You can drive yourself, catch a Greyhound Bus, get the Tilt Train or get an Executive Limousine service direct from Bundaberg, return. So easy to get here and so much to enjoy with 1770reef visiting the “jewel” in the reef – Lady Musgrave Island.

What to expect on your tour

We travel 65 kilometres across open oceans to access the wonders of the reef, right on our doorstep. All activities are provided for your day – a wonderfully informative guided island walk with our experienced guide who tends to spend most of the year either working on the reef/island with 1770reef or assisting with Qld Parks and Wildlife vegetation regeneration projects on the island. Let Marcus share his extensive knowledge about the island, the birds and the marine life that surround these shores.

Then, onto the glass bottom boat with your guide for a great coral viewing tour. With 6 metres of large glass panels on the bottom, it allows all our guests to enjoy “life under the sea” without getting your feet wet. Meandering through the coral bommies pointing out the different coral formations, finding Nemos’ and spotting turtles as we go.

On your return to our vessel to enjoy a fresh tropical buffet lunch before getting your swimmers on for your snorkelling activity. After your important snorkel safety briefing by the crew, get your snorkel gear (crew will assist with sizing if required) and away you go to enjoy the pristine waters of the lagoon within our large snorkel zone. Resting stations are provided throughout the zone, in case of fatigue during your snorkel time as it can be a tiring exercise for those of us not used to it. Open your eyes to the beauty below the water and let us know what you spot- turtles, garfish, cods, parrot fish, clown fish to name a few.

Advice before travel

As you are travelling across open marine waters to reach this magnificent destination, 1770reef also recommend that you consider motion sickness medication. This is best pre purchased before your arrival in town.  Also some thongs or covered shoes that can get wet as the island is a coral Island and quiet hard on your feet.

So need help to organise a great holiday or just a quick weekend away, call us – 1770reef – and we can offer you our reef trip, other local activities in town and accommodation packages.

Call us today 0749 727222 or email tours@1770reef.com.au or look at our website www.1770reef.com.au

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.

Let 1770reef help you tick the famous     MANTA RAY    # 2 on the Great Barrier Reef Great 8 off your bucket list!!!                                  

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