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…)