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  • Location:Brisbane, Australia
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Great Barrier Reef Tour: Lady Musgrave Island and the Town of 1770

Enjoy this 3-day guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights at a beach resort located in the town of 1770, and take a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island for a slice of paradise on the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef. Swim with turtles and lounge on spectacular beaches. You can also take part in optional activities such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and surfing on this trip to one of the world’s natural wonders! Round-trip transport from Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast is included.


  • 3-day guided tour to 1770, Lady Musgrave Island and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy amazing sunsets from the beach next to your resort
  • Spend a day at Lady Musgrave Island snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the beach
  • Go scuba diving or deep-sea fishing on the Great Barrier Reef (own expense)
  • Choose from shared and private accommodation options
  • Round-trip transport from Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast included

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Great Barrier Reef Tour: Lady Musgrave Island and the Town of 1770

Lady Musgrave Island

Travel to a beach resort located in the small town of 1770, situated near Lady Musgrave Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights in your choice of a private room with ensuite, or shared accommodation; see Pricing for options that suit a variety of budgets and tastes.

Each day, you can choose from included and optional activities, or simply relax and enjoy the beach and its amazing views. The choice is yours! See Itinerary for more details.


Day 1: Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast – 1770 (D)
Meet your coach in the morning at a central location in Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast and head north to the township of 1770.

Stop for lunch (own expense) and a visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo. Catch sight of the Glasshouse Mountains as you go. Afterward, get back on the road to arrive in 1770 by mid-afternoon and check in to your 5-star resort.

Once you have put down your bags, choose from several activities for the afternoon. You can try optional activities (at own expense) such as surf lessons and kayaking. Looking to just unwind? Lounge and swim at the beach or pool at your leisure.

In the evening, have dinner at the resort, and then enjoy the nightlife on site or a walk on the beach to look for shooting stars.

Overnight: Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort in 1770

Day 2: 1770 – Lady Musgrave Island – 1770 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, hop on board the Spirit of 1770 boat and cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, situated on the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. This area is known to be free of stinging jellyfish so you can enjoy the turquoise waters without worries.

After about an hour-long ride, you arrive at Coral Lagoon for more paradise. You have several options for your day here. Swim among the amazing coral and fish with the provided snorkel gear, and take a trip by glass-bottom or semisubmersible boat. Keep on the lookout for turtles; you might the chance to swim with the famous Lady Musgrave residents, or spot their nesting sites on the beach.

You also have the option to try scuba diving or deep-sea fishing (own expense). Both beginning and certified divers can explore the diversity of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef; meanwhile anglers of all skill levels can attempt to reel in some fish with provided gear.

Enjoy a provided lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on the boat. If time and weather permit, you’ll be treated to a sunset tour. Afterward, return to the resort for dinner and then enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.

Overnight: Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort in 1770

Day 3: 1770 – Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast (B)
Check out of the resort after breakfast and head to the beach for some fun in the sun. Take an optional surfing lesson (own expense), swim or snorkel, depending on the conditions and timing.

Next, visit the family-run Mammimo Gourmet Ice Cream. Lick fresh ice cream or sorbet (own expense) as you watch a farm demo about sugarcane production (seasonal). Afterward, get back on the road. You return to your starting point in the evening to end your tour.

Customer Reviews

Rob L United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing trip. Even with the boat fee and reef tax this is a great price for what you get. The accommodation, whilst basic, was good. Harry, the guide, really makes the trip. He will do anything to make sure you have a good time, and answered every question anyone threw at him. Luckily for us there was only 6 people on our tour which meant we had a more personalised time, but Harry really goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is happy.

The drive both ways is broken up into a couple of stops depending on where other guests are being picked up and the activities the group wants to do. The Snake and Reptile park was good fun, whilst the Bundaberg Rum Factory is definitely recommended! The sunset tour round 1770 is a nice end to the first day, and there are some wonderful views.

The boat trip out to the Great Barrier Reef is worth the price alone. It is a fantastic day, Lady Musgrave Island is beautiful and the glass bottom boat ride to it from the pontoon lets you get your first view of the reef. Lunch on the boat was great, lovely choice of food, and plenty of it. Snorkelling over the Reef is incredible, it really is amazing. We paid the extra to go Scuba Diving as well, and absolutely loved it. Having never Scuba'd before it was perfect for us as there was only a small group 3 for the instructor to take diving, and the high level of the reef means you are never excessively far from the surface.

We also booked a surf lesson for the final morning which was great fun, and very well priced. The meals in 1770 were good, and we were well fed throughout the 3 days.

Francine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great value for money and the trip to the reef was very informative. Harry our driver and guide for the trip was very informative and nothing was to much trouble to make the whole trip extra special

Katie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Harry was an amazing tour guide! He did a great job catering the tour to what we all as a group wanted to see and eat which made the trip. He was full of fun facts the reef was beautiful for being at the end of the barrier reef.

Melissa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Booking this tour was the best decision I made when coming to Australia! Such a great deal for your money, and Harry, our tour guide made it a blast. The accommodations were very clean and comfortable, and the Great Barrier Reef day was spectacular! I already want to go back!

Christopher M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing experience, new friends for life and awesome tour guide Harry! :)
Hop on the Nemo bus for an unforgettable trip!! Don't forget to remind Harry for his macadamia nutcracker and his luigi joke at dinner time! Have fun!

Janice W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A fantastic tour that fitted so much in to only 3 days! Many thanks to our tour guide Harry who was funny, informative and very helpful. He definitely made the trip more memorable and nothing was too much trouble, even after a long day driving us around everywhere.
The hotel we stayed at was great, just a short walk to the beach, clean rooms with everything we needed and yummy food included. Every stop on the way to and from the reef was action packed. We especially loved the animal encounter park demonstrations. We had a full day on the reef with all equipment provided and the optional surfing lesson on the last day was an added bonus! Great value for money considering all the activities and meals that were included, we would definitely recommend to all!

Catherine H

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

We had a wonderful time. The island and reef are gorgeous. Harry adds color and history with stops along the way.

Chris S

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

The 3 stars are 5 for the boat and 1 for the trip up and back. The boat was great, the day they organized was super - If you can find a way to just do that part - do it!! The lunch on the boat was excellent - the only fresh fruit and veggies I saw all trip. The trip up and down was mundane at best. Food was awful, side trips were hinky and where was the sunset tour? Was that when we got off the boat and stood around and watched the sun set? I would have liked to see the historic town of 1770 - we didn't. The resort was 2.5 stars at best not 5 as it says in the itinerary, breakfast was on paper plates in the guides 'suite'. Side trips - 'Boutique' Zoo, rum factory, ice cream were all so-so - not what we paid for. This is an expensive trip 185 each in 'extra' fees these extra fees have to be paid in CASH - not mentioned in the Viator itinerary. If you go take a lunch and pack your own fruit!
The boat part was really good though!! Coral beaches, snorkeling with the turtles, glass bottom boat, wonderful staff, great food - figure out how to do just that part!

Rebecca B

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

The guide Harry makes the trip, he was awesome! Loved the day out on the reef. The details of the trip stated 18-39 but this definitely was not the case, half the group were over this age and there were a couple of young kids. Overall worth doing if you're looking for a trip up to the area.

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