The Ladies of the Great Barrier Reef

Lady Musgrave Island

Generally accepted as the only coral island on the Great Barrier Reef with a navigable lagoon. The Island is a true coral cay and explorers will discover brightly colored corals, sea-urchins, clams and starfish which are exposed at high tide.

Turtles come ashore in summer, to lay their eggs and thousands of seabirds nest on the uninhabited Island.
Snorkelers will discover a wonderland of undersea life in close proximity to the island including many varieties of reef fish.

Lady Musgrave is in the Bunker Group of islands with surrounding reef, it supports a shady pisonia forest, nesting turtles and seabirds. Sheltered lagoon anchorage.

The Island is a national park and there are no facilities ashore other than toilets. Camping however, is permitted for up to 50 people at a time. Campers must take their own fresh water, food, a fuel stove and booking is necessary.

What to do
Bush camping, bush walking, nature study, reef walking, diving, snorkeling and just relaxing.
Boat access is due east from the Town of 1770.

Further information and bookings:
QPWS Agnes Water
P/H 07 49749350


Lady Elliot Island

This island is the most southerly island within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It lies 45 miles due east of Agnes Water or Town of 1770 on the mainland and is a coral cay which is actually part of the reef.
It has its own airstrip with regular flights from Bundaberg.

Formed over thousands of years, you can learn all about this marine wonderland that is Lady Elliot Island on a guided reef walk. Bird watchers also flock there to observe some 60 species of birds. Hundreds of thousands of birds nest here during the summer as well as sea turtles.

The diving is exciting with many dive sites including Coral Gardens, Lighthouse Bommie, Moiri and Shark Pool. The visibility is excellent and ranges from 25 to 50 meters. Explore the shipwrecks in the waters off the Island.

There is a commercial operation on the island and they should be contacted for accommodation types and rates.