A weekend in Bundaberg and Lady Musgrove Island

Hello Joy peeps

So the lovely Linda is our guest blogger today and gives us some valuable top tips for an awesome weekend up in Bundaberg snorkeling on the reef off Lady Musgrove island

Thanks Linda 🙂

The arrival of my son precipitated plans to do some of the tourist routes of Queensland and of course first and foremost was the Barrier Reef. 

Since we can access the southernmost tip of the Reef from Brisbane we nominated a weekend and found out that accommodation and a boat across were all that was needed.  We duly set off on a January weekend and drove the  4-5hr  trip to Bundaberg.

After booking a motel called the Alexander Park which was very good value at $120 for the 4 of us including breakfast and was like an apartment.  It was remote access which was different- press in a number on a box and’ Voila’ the key to the apartment.  We unpacked out bags and set off to the tourist information, enthusiasm in hand and quickly discovered that the boat to Lady Musgrove Island is a monopoly, you can’t go with anyone else and that it was booked up!  

This we did not expect.  2 hrs later and a few conversations with the tourist staff who tried their best to try and tempt us with other trips, Harvey Bay etc but we were not biting, it was the Barrier or nothing.  Paying another $440 to do a trip we didn’t really want to do did not seem the way forward. 

We decided that we would book our trip for the following weekend, cancel our motel for one of the two nights and spend the day at Bargara- which is stunning coastline in itself.   We needed it to recover from the disappointment of not getting our trip but we rose to the occasion, made the best of it, took a mental note to check out future trips in a bit more detail and did the trip again the next week and booked into Agnes Water so that we had a 5 min drive to the Town of 1770 to catch the boat.  

Lady Musgrove island was SO WORTH IT!   The staff was young, friendly and helpful.  The price of $440 plus an environmental tax of £40 included a glass bottom boat trio over the coral, a guided trip round the island, snorkel gear and a perfect spot to snorkel, morning and afternoon tea and a great buffet lunch.  We had the best day I’ve had since living in Oz and would thoroughly recommend it.  We swam with turtles and sting rays, saw Finding Nemo fish and all his mates and just had a great day.  The island and reef were spectacular and we have great memories of a superb family day.

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An added plus was the drive back with the most amazing sunset and when we changed drivers we all had to stop to admire the sky which felt like you could pluck the stars from the sky.  

In the line of a lovely poem ‘Most, this amazing day!

Thanks so much Linda


The Joy Girls xx

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