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|