Lady Musgrave Island, Great Barrier Reef

Here we all are on Lady Musgrave Island, 90 miles off the coast of Australia. The island is completely surrounded by reef and lagoon and is extraordinarily beautiful. The beach we landed on is big chunks of coral and sounded like glasses being clinked together when you walked across it. The other side of the island is where about 30 sea turtles lay their eggs every night.

The entire island is a marine sanctuary. You can’t even pick up bird poop much less coral as a souvenir. This is perhaps to make up for many years of wackiness on this island even- in particular. It’s tiny, (15 hectare) but in the 1930′s a resort was built on the island until WWII when it was abandoned and pilaged during the following years. Goats were left behind (to feed shipwrecked sailors) that picked the island clean until they were eradicated in the 1970′s. Very interesting history… today you can camp on the island with a permit, for 3 weeks in a stretch. Hello- why wouldn’t ya?
Actually, we walked past a group that had been camping since Christmas and they looked a bit shipwrecked. Still, I think I would suck on coral and drink rain water to spend a week living here (let’s just start with a week…)

Fabulous snorkeling for everyone…

I kid you not, the water inside the reef is really this blue. It was one of the most surreal, exquisitely beautiful sights I have ever seen.

C, hanging on the dive/snorkel platform. Later on the kids said one of their favorite things from the trip was this platform. Go figure.

Reef markers.

2 thoughts on “Lady Musgrave Island, Great Barrier Reef

  1. Anonymous

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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  2. Precia

    Umm I’ve loved your blog from the start…but anyway. The blue water is soooo beautiful. I can’t get enough of the pictures. The kids are using your ski’s again today, but I know they would rather be in Australia! I’m trying to live vicariously through you guys, but it is hard when it’s gloomy and freezing outside! To the cousins: mem has 4 teeth now and is crawling all over the place. She loves the toilet and any drawers. Can’t wait to have you back and go through all your pictures!

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