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.

LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND AND WHAT SEASON IS FOR YOU

When is the best time to visit Lady Musgrave Island?

A visit to the Southern Great Barrier Reef can be enjoyed year round. With each season providing a completely difference experience.

SUMMER

Average water temp: 28 degrees

  • On Island turtle nesting (Nov – Jan)
  • Baby turtles hatching (Jan – Apr)
  • Coral spawning
  • Peak fish spawning
  • Baby seabird hatching

AUTUMN

Average water temp: 26 degrees

  • Manta ray season
  • Grown seabird chicks begin to leave the island.
  • Humpback Whale migration starts, whales pass us heading North

WINTER

Average water temp: 24 degrees

  • Humpback whales travelling both North and South
  • Peak Manta ray season

SPRING

Average water temp: 26 degrees

  • Last Whales head South with Calves
  • Turtle mating starts with the amorous males battle it out to see who will get the girl.  Musgrave Island.
  • Breeding activity begins for most of the seabird species during October.

 

YEAR ROUND

  • The Lady Musgrave Lagoon is home to hundreds of resident turtles who live here all year.
  • 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 our vessel while travelling 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.

Christmas Time with 1770reef on Lady Musgrave Island

Christmas Time with 1770reef on Lady Musgrave Island

Air temperatures are nice and tropical ranging from 23 – 31 Degrees Celsius

Water temperature is at an average of 25 Degrees Celsius and warmer, creating the most beautiful and comfortable snorkeling.

Lady Musgrave Island while always amazing does have some extra special things that happen at Christmas time.

CORAL SPAWNING

The annual synchronized spawning of corals takes place after a full moon and only when the water has reached the ideal temperature. As Lady Musgrave Island is located at the southern tip and is classed as sub-tropical it does take a little longer to reach that ideal temperature of 26 Degrees Celsius, making December the perfect time to witness this phenomenon.

TURTLES

The turtles have all paired up and mated and are now nesting and carefully laying their precious eggs.

You will spot turtle tracks and see where the Green and Logger Head Turtles have been nesting during your Guided Nature Walk of Lady Musgrave Island.

Say hi to our resident Turtle “Terrence” on the Glass Bottom Boat or maybe even get a closer encounter whilst snorkelling in the Lagoon.

BIRDS

The birds of Lady Musgrave Island love to nest over Christmas.

White Capped Noddy Turns can be found nesting in the Pisonia Trees, whereas the Silver Gulls, Bridles Turns and Black Naped Turns prefer to nest closer to the beach. With the Mutton Birds burrowing on the interior of the Island.

SNORKELLING

An underwater oasis is waiting to be discovered in the lagoon as you pop on your snorkel and mask to reveal on the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest swimming pools. Experience world class snorkelling where you can get up close to resident marine life; including hundreds of species of tropical fish (large and small), turtles and manta rays.

See how many of the world famous Great Barrier Reef Great 8 you can spot!!

I know where I would rather be at Christmas this year…. LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND with 1770reef

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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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

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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Top 100 Bucket List with news/experienceoz

#23 Queensland top 100 Bucket List with news/experienceoz

#23 – Snorkel the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon

Where is it? 80km north-east of Bundaberg, QLD

Host to the Great Barrier Reef’s largest lagoon and one of the best overall budget options for those looking to get a sampling of a quality reef environment, Lady Musgrave Island offers an amazing snorkel and dive destination – particularly for beginners – all at a relatively reasonable, bare-bones price with operators Lady Musgrave Experience departing from Bundaberg, and 1770 Reef Tours from the Town of 1770. As a result, it’s the perfect beginner-friendly island reef destination for first-timers. A prominent coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef’s southern section, Lady Musgrave Island brings along with it the characteristic high visibility levels one can expect of the south reef. While its marine life is diverse and plentiful, it’s the lagoon that helps set Lady Musgrave apart from its counterparts; it offers a great combination of both size and safety alongside impressive coral cover with a good mixture of both hard and soft types to encounter.

Lady Musgrave’s lagoon is a veritable hub of colourful reef fish, resident turtles and a variety of coral with along with a sand bottom and scattered bommies that are delightful to explore. The lagoon offers an easily navigable depth of 6 to 8 metres, and given that the island’s waters offer an average visibility of around 20 metres at a minimum, it’s possible to take in a wonderful underwater panorama even for beginner snorkellers. Couple this with a lack of currents, and you’ve got one of the reef’s best all-round spots for comfortable exploration. Divers are also catered for here, as there are 14 world-class dive sites available in the waters on the outer side of the lagoon’s wall, including an easy and relaxed drift dive that offers the chance to spot the likes of cod, wrasse, reef sharks and eels, along with manta ray encounters. Image credit: Rob Richardson via Tourism QLDhttps://www.1770reef.com.au/about/lady-musgrave-island/

What does 1770reef do and Why us?

1770reef provides access to one of the most pristine areas of the Great Barrier Reef – Lady Musgrave Island, Lagoon and Reef. The Town of 1770 is the closest port by sea, to visit the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Where Great Begins.

1770 is the closest access to Lady Musgrave Island being a short 1.5hr approx to Lady Musgrave Island part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, 1770reef departs daily from the 1770 Marina.

We give you a day where memories and special life changing moments are made that last a life time, new friends gained and loads of fun to be had. Snorkel the clear waters of the lagoon, swim with the multitudes of colourful fish and hang out with the turtles and have your turtle selfie, experience the Manta Rays.

Visit Lady Musgrave Island for a guided walk and enjoy a coral viewing tour on the glass bottom boat without getting your feet even wet.

What will you see?

The magical turquoise, blue waters of the lagoon greet you on arrival. What a sight, time to get the cameras’ out and start gathering your memories to share with friends and family.

Tick the Great 8 off your bucket list – a chance to see turtles, clown fish, giant clams, sharks, potato cod, Manta Rays, Maori wrasse and whales in season.

There are over 1300 varieties of reef fish and over 350 species of soft and hard corals to enjoy under the clear waters of the lagoon.

On the island of white coral sands and pisonia forest live a large population of sea and shore birds. Did you know that some of the birds migrate all the way from Siberia to next on these coral cays each year?

When are you going?

Who wouldn’t want to join the fun boat – Emelie – with her passionate, experienced, local crew members sharing their knowledge and love of their office for the day.

Book on today – Online – www.1770reef.com.au. Phone – 07 49727222  Email – tours@1770reef.com.au

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.

Pristine Water of Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island lagoon has the most beautiful pristine blue water.

How smooth is the water

Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon is surrounded by a Coral Wall to form a lagoon to snorkel in.  This provides  calm swimming pool like water to snorkel in which makes it great for all ages and competency levels.  The Coral wall protects the Lagoon from waves creating the calm waters with little disturbance from the outer waves.

Clarity

At Lady Musgrave Lagoon we have good visibility  at all times because of the protection from the outer waves.  As you can see in this photo that was taken on the vessel Emelie how clear the water is, the turtle decided to do a photo bomb and be in it also.  You will sigh of gratitude of how gorgeous the waters are alone without getting in and being with the Marine Life that makes the experience even more magical.