Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lady Musgrave Island and Town of 1770

We enjoyed staying at the Captain Cook Holiday Village, just near the little town of 1770 as it was a quiet bush setting to watch Kookaburras, with plenty of room and a nice pool. 1770 is the only town in the world named after a date, (it was renamed in 1970) when Captain Cook landed in Sydney, and later in Queensland. We did some short walks at the Joseph Banks conservation area. This is protected so has the same open bushland as when Captain Cook landed.
We waited several days to get a calm day to travel out to the world Heritage listed  Lady Musgrave Island. Lady Musgrave is the most southern Island part of the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave is a coral cay which is surrounded by coral and has a large lagoon area. The Pisonia Forest on the island is unique to the Great Barrier Reef. We had perfect conditions for snorkelling, calm & sunny with good visability, and saw more coral colours and fish than off Cairns or the Whitsunday Islands.  We also saw several pairs of turtles mating. They are endangered so this was good to see. The coral was easy to reach from our pontoon and in shallow water. It could also be seen from the glass bottom boat trip. The water was about 22 degrees and a beautiful turquoise blue. We also saw a whale as we neared the headland of 1770. A great way to end a special day!
'Lady Musgrave' our catamaran out to the Island

Aerial view of lady Musgrave coral cay and lagoon

We saw several clams with blue and jade  coloured "lips"

 Great snorkelling:beautiful coloured coral, fish, turtles & blue starfish

View of  lovely turquoise water and coral reef

Endangered Turtles mating on coral reef.

Pisonia Forest, stores water in dry season, & home to Noddies

Noddie sitting on a nest in Pisonia Forest
Enjoying the cruise !

View of forest & white sands of Lady Musgrave Island


Headland of 1770

Memorial where Captain Cook landed in 1770

Near where Captain Cook landed at  1770 in 1770

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