Lady Musgrave Island

It’s been awhile since our last post, but we have been too far offshore for phone and internet service. Leaving Urangan after the outboard was serviced, we motor-sailed to Port Bundaberg due to a lack of wind. After filling up with diesel, we left early the next morning for Lady Musgrave Island, again motor-sailing the 54 nm in 8 hrs because of light winds.

Approaching Lady Musgrave

Approaching Lady Musgrave

It was quite tricky entering the lagoon surrounded by a fringing reef, but after anchoring, we were again treated to a spectacular sunset.

Channel markers - about 15m wide

Channel markers – about 15m wide

Lady Musgrave sunset

Lady Musgrave sunset

Thursday dawned bright and sunny and Annie caught two sucker fish before breakfast. She released them again, as these ugly fish which attach themselves underneath sharks, are inedible. We then visited the island to explore and my, what a magical place. Birdlife galore and covered with vegetation, mostly Pisonia trees.

Island information map

Island information map

Native in Pisonia forest

Native in Pisonia forest

Annie and Pandanus palms

Annie and Pandanus palms

Annie, Stephen and Sandy

Annie, Stephen and Sandy

After lunch we went snorkelling with Stephen and Sandy from the boat next to us. We looked at beautiful coral reefs and schools of exotic fish.

Snorkelmeister Schady on the left

Snorkelmeister Schady on the left

Today we went for an early walk around the island, which only takes 30 minutes and after a swim and breakfast we lifted the anchor to go to Pancake Creek on the mainland. We will stay here tonight before sailing North in what looks like a good South-east wind tomorrow.

Departure walk around the island.

Departure walk around the island.

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