One of the most beautiful coral cays on the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island attracts scuba divers, snorkelers, photographers, and adventurers from across the world. The island was chartered in 1843, although it was known earlier from the explorations of Captain Bunker who named the island after Lady Janine Musgrave, the American-born wife of Queensland Governor of the time, Sir Anthony Musgrave.
Lady Musgrave Island is the only island and lagoon combination on the Great Barrier Reef where big vessels can enter. Family-owned and operated Lady Musgrave Cruises has been taking visitors to explore this unique area for over 16 years. Departing from the township of 1770, a day cruise takes you to a world of colourful corals, abundant marine life, and fascinating flora.
An unspoiled piece of paradise, Lady Musgrave Island is the second southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef next to Lady Elliott Island and one of its most picturesque. This magnificent tropical island sits in Capricornia Cays National Park and is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famous for its unparalleled natural beauty.
The island is a 14-hectare coral cay surrounded by 1,192 hectares of living reef, featuring a spectacular 28-hectare deep-water coral lagoon, the only one on the outer reef accessible by boat. Lady Musgrave Cruises gives you the perfect way to explore this exceptional part of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's seven natural wonders.
If you want to stay dry, you can marvel at the amazing reef on a glass bottom boat trip, gaze through the underwater observatory or feed the tropical fish that gather in abundance around the pontoon, all wonderful opportunities to come face-to-face with some of these amazing creatures.
A Lady Musgrave Island Cruise includes a tropical buffet lunch with prawns and morning and afternoon tea all served with friendly, family hospitality. Explore Lady Musgrave Island's magic on one of our Queensland Coast tours.
The island is referred to by local Australian Aboriginal tribes as ‘Wallaginji’ meaning beautiful reef.
Home to over 1,200 species of animals, the island gives shelter to sea turtles, manta rays and humpback whales (from July to November). Like neighbouring islands in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave is a significant nesting site for seabirds and turtles who return annually from November through March.
Lady Musgrave Cruises has been taking tourists to the island for over 16 years. A day cruise aboard one of their many vessels starts with a 90-minute trip from Town of 1770. Once on the island, you can take a guided island walk to spot seabirds in the Pisonia forest, snorkel in the pristine, protected lagoon adorned with colourful corals and colourful, dancing reef fish, or swim with the majestic turtles.
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