Lady Musgrave Island, the second largest island in the Great Barrier Reef, is most easily accessible from the town of 1770. Its scenic shores, crystal clear waters and close proximity to some of the best diving and snorkeling on earth make it a popular destination for travelers and adventurers.
Regular ferry service transports visitors to the semi-enclosed lagoon, where travelers can deboard and head to one of the island’s popular camping sites, hike along the well-kept trails or embark on an underwater ocean adventure. A large number of birds, including the white-capped Noddy Terns, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and Buff-banded Rails—as well as hundreds of other indigenous species—call Lady Musgrave home, which means land-loving bird watchers will enjoy a trip to the island, too.
Lady Musgrave Island can be reached by excursion boat from the Town of 1770. Travelers warn it’s best to be prepared for seasickness, as the 75-minute trip to the island can be choppy, but worth it. Snorkeling and diving tours are a popular option among visitors, but glass bottom boat tours still offer those who prefer to stay dry an opportunity to explore the reef.