Lady Musgrave Island
The Great Barrier Reef (Australia) is one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. It consists of 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands spread over 2,600 kilometers on the territory of about 344,400 square kilometers. It is the world’s largest natural formation which can be seen even from space.
Lady Musgrave Island is the only island and a lagoon at the same time. It is a part of the Great Barrier Reef. This picturesque island is situated on 3,000 acres of coral reef with deep-water lagoon, which is also unique for the entire Barrier Reef.
The island was named after the wife of Sir Anthony Musgrave, who was a colonial Governor of Queensland. It is a tiny, almost uninhabited piece of land, popular among boaters because of its beautiful turquoise lagoon surrounded by a barrier reef.
This place attracts lovers of adventure and water sports from around the world. Lady Musgrave Island is a national park of a tropical paradise. It has almost no uplands, but all sorts of herbs grow here. Here is a huge number of rare animals – you can often find reef sharks, which are not dangerous to humans, but create a breathtaking sight of wildlife. Amazing coral reefs are home to a variety of different fish. This creates excellent conditions for diving.
There are special cruises for visiting the island, as well as very popular campsites. But you should book seats in advance as there is huge amount of wanting to get to the island. There are certain rules here. Camping is permitted at a certain time of the year and for groups of no more than 40 people. In addition, you will also need a special permit, which is issued by the Service of Nature Protection and National Parks in Gladstone.
Lady Musgrave Island is also one of the most romantic places on earth! It is located far beyond the coastal cities. Just imagine how incredible star fall can be seen here!
Even if you are an experienced diver and an avid camper, you’ll be delighted – the extensive white sand beaches, the most transparent and clear water, corals of indescribable beauty – a real piece of heaven on the earth!
Unfortunately, many scientists believe that coral bleaching, pollution and rising ocean level could lead to the fact that the island will remain on the surface of the water just about for another 100 years.