My adult daughter and I camped for a week on Lady Musgrave Island in mid-June. It is one of the most beautiful, but isolated, places you can find on Earth. The lagoon is a fantastic snorkeling location. Water is from 3 to 30 feet deep, very clear, and full of all sorts of wonders. We saw several octopi, a few rays, lots of green sea turtles, and many, many incredibly colored fish.
The camping details: The only way there is by your own boat, or on board the Lady Musgrave Island Cruises boat. We took the one from 1770. You must bring all of your own supplies, including water. Allow 5 liters per person per day. During winter there, you will want a sweatshirt or jacket for the evenings, even though it is sub tropical. There was not much in the way of biting insects on the island, but there are spiders-really big spiders that come out at night. You definitely want a screened tent. And try not to set up your tent directly under the Pisonia trees. The terns come in to roost at night, and they drop a lot of poop.
Snorkeling details: The lagoon is 3 to 30 feet deep, and is about 2 miles long by 1/2 mile wide. The reality is though, that without a boat, you can't snorkel the distant parts of the lagoon. That's OK though, because there is much to see close at hand. When you walk in the shallows, do a shuffle walk, not a pick up one foot put it down walk. That is to prevent you from accidentally stepping on a ray or a stonefish. Also this time of year, the water was cold. You MUST use a wetsuit, or you will not be in the water very long at all. We had 2mm wetsuits, mine was short sleeved, and with these we could snorkel comfortably for 2-21/2 hours at a time.
Great place to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and very convenient to Brisbane.
One last thing, it costs about $180 each, for the trip each way, which seemed kind of high-but you have to take in account the infrastructure that the LMI cruises has to have in place for their operations. The cost is actually quite reasonable. Go to Lady Musgrave Island, and do plan to camp at least for a night or two. It is well worth the trip!
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