LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND
The Southern Great Barrier Reef’s Lady Musgrave Island is one of the best places in the world to see and swim with turtles all year round. You can swim with turtles in their natural habitat, which is a must-do when visiting Bundaberg. Our pristine turtle haven is home to resident Green turtles, Loggerhead turtles and even the endangered Hawskbill turtles.
Turtle nesting and hatching is a phenomenon you have to see with your own eyes. Every year between October and January, hundreds of mother turtles make their way up to Lady Musgrave Island to nest, creating quite the spectacle for tourists and guests staying on Lady Musgrave HQ.
From January to April, thousands of baby turtle hatchlings emerge from their sand nests and race to the sea.
Lady Musgrave Island is the best place in the world to see this natural wonder, so book your annual leave and plan a sleep on the reef experience onboard Lady Musgrave HQ pontoon. A turtles generally nest at sunset and hatch sometime during the night, our seasonal turtle nesting and hatching tours are an optional activity for Lady Musgrave Island accommodation guests between October to March.
There’s been a few rare occurrences when turtles have hatched during our Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour, however we cannot guarantee this.
Lady Musgrave HQ
Swim with turtles all year round in Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon. Our incredible Great Barrier Reef is home to 6 out of 7 marine turtle species we are very lucky here on Lady Musgrave Island to have 4 of these species visible here including the beautiful critically endangered Hawksbill. Lady Musgrave Lagoon is home to multiple turtle cleaning stations where our resident sea turtles seek out fish to eat the algae off their shells. This in turn gives the fish a meal and keeps the turtles shells in tip top condition the perfect symbiotic relationship. Our crew will point out where the turtle cleaning stations are located so that you can witness this while snorkeling in the lagoon.
TURTLE NESTING – October to January
TURTLE HATCHING – January to April
It’s an incredible experience to watch newly hatched sea turtles make their way from their nest to the ocean, where they warm up their flippers in preparation for a big ocean journey.
Hatchlings imprint on the environment during their crossing so they know to return to this very location from 30 years from now when it comes time to nest.
Some interesting facts about turtle hatching before your visit:
Turtle Hatching Fun Facts:
Mon Repos beach in Bundaberg is a hatching hot spot supporting the largest population of nesting marine loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific.
The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is dedicated to marine turtle research, protection and education and is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services. At these facilities, you can see turtles in their natural habitat and learn more about this endangered species.