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Lady Musgrave Experience

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by Amanda I (subscribe)
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Published November 3rd 2018
A memorable experience on the Reef
The giant turtle gracefully cruising beneath me took my breath away. I was swimming in the southern most coral cay of the Bunker Group and the abundance of sea life was incredible. Mantra Rays, the giant Maori Wrasse, fascinating giant clams and the illusive clownfish were just some of the creatures I spotted amongst the pristine coral.

It's hard to believe that these beautiful turquoise waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, are so close to Brisbane.

My day began bright and early as I boarded the Main Event, a luxury catamaran at the Bundaberg Port Marina at 7:00am. I was cruising with Lady Musgrave Experience.

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As we travelled in style aboard the luxury 27-metre catamaran, guests were provided with a reef education session provided by a marine biologist, a snorkelling demonstration and a scrumptious morning tea of baked treats and fresh fruit.

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Morning Tea

It's a two-hour journey to the reef. Relax on the sundeck or sit back in air-conditioned comfort on the leather seats in the main cabin. If you're travelling between June and July, be sure to keep an eye out for Humpback Whales.

Over 4 hours is spent on the reef. Snorkel, scuba dive, cruise on the glass bottom boat and tour Lady Musgrave Island. There is so much to do! There is plenty of snorkelling equipment onboard including floatation vests and noodles. Entry into the water is easy with the large steps off the back of the catamaran.

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Glass Bottom Boat

Whether you're a beginner or advanced diver, scuba diving is an option to explore these unique waters. Dives take place in the calm protected lagoon waters or the outer reef depending on your experience. Introductory scuba dives are also offered.

The gourmet buffet lunch is incredible. Fresh prawns, salads, cold meats and fresh sourdough bread, were just some of the delicious items available.

The glass bottom boat transports guests to Lady Musgrave Island. This is a bird lover's paradise Bridled Terns nested in logs while Black Terns swooped to the ground, collecting leaves for their nesting partners.

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Nesting Birds

If your tour is cancelled, a full refund or alternate departure date will be offered.
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Why? Spend the day on the Southern Great Barrier Reef
When: Daily
Phone: 07 4151 5225
Where: Lady Musgrave Experience, Bundaberg Port Marina, 15-17 Marina Drive, Burnett Heads.
Cost: From $208 for an adult
Your Comment
My friend just came back from the island and said that the diving was amazing.
by May Cross (score: 3|8260) 1607 days ago
So lovely to read this article because we're booked to go diving outside the lagoon at Lady Musgrave on Saturday 17th November. We can't wait. The coral in this area is pristine and the water clarity, amazing. Tourists from overseas are told the only place to dive the Great Barrier Reef is out from Cairns. This is so far from the truth. The diving industry is not being promoted. We sit beside the 8th wonder of the world, the best place to dive anywhere! We're doing Heron at Christmas. Another wonderful place to see the reef and the magic. Cheers Dianne.
by (score: 1|10) 1604 days ago
Great read! Thanks for writing this article!
by smile (score: 0|2) 1503 days ago
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