Sleep underwater on the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Musgrave Island

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Lady Musgrave HQ is an all-new Great Barrier Reef experience where you can stay overnight on a floating pontoon in the lagoon at Lady Musgrave Island.


Snorkelling at Lady Musgrave Island. Image Lady Musgrave HQ

Snorkelling at Lady Musgrave Island. Image Lady Musgrave HQ

Queensland has cornered the market for incredible water-based adventures and Lady Musgrave HQ promises to be one of the best!

Launching soon is Queensland’s second (the other one is ReefSuites in the Whitsunday Islands) underwater accommodation opportunity, where you get to sleep under the sea with the inhabitants of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef for company. Sleeping on the reef was never more fun!

Lady Musgrave HQ is an all-new three-level pontoon position in the lagoon of Lady Musgrave Island. Along with accommodation for up to 24 lucky guests, there’s also an underwater observatory. Guests can explore the surrounding lagoon snorkelling and scuba diving, or simply relax and watch the underwater world in the observatory without getting wet.


Seabirds in the shallows of Lady Musgrave Island. Image Fiona Harper

Seabirds in the shallows of Lady Musgrave Island. Image Fiona Harper

The pontoon is just 36m long and 12m wide and will occuupy priime position in one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons. Lady Musgrave Island is a small coral cay rimmed by white sandy beaches kissed by an aquamarine sea. The island and its surrounding lagoon is a rich biosphere, and is home to a vast bird population and is a nesting ground for turtles.


Lady Musgrave Island is a turtle nesting site. Image Fiona Harper

Lady Musgrave Island is a turtle nesting site. Image Fiona Harper

Lady Musgrave Island is completely uninhabited, though there are a handful of camping sites that can be pre-booked and campers are required to be completely self sufficient. The only way to get to Lady Musgrave is by boat, which departs from Bundaberg. The island is the second southernmost island in the Great Barrier Reef (Lady Elliot Island is the most southerly) and the journey takes approx two hours, depending upon the weather and sea conditions.

More information: Lady Musgrave HQ

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle


Lady Musgrave Island is small enough to walk around entirely in approx 15 minutes. Image Fiona Harper

Lady Musgrave Island is small enough to walk around entirely in approx 15 minutes. Image Fiona Harper

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