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.


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.

 

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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