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Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area

Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges. Numerous reef fish populate these bommies, common being goatfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, sweetlips and parrotfish. Divers also regularly encounter turtles, stingrays and reef sharks in this area. But the main attraction is the manta rays that hover atop the largest of these bommies as they get cleaned by swarms of cleaner wrasse.

Lady Musgrave Island
Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park

Baffle Creek, Gladstone Area
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Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park protects the mouth of one of Queensland's few remaining undisturbed coastal rivers. The northern shore of the creek estuary features sandy beaches backed by low, open casuarina woodlands, with paperbark woodlands further inland. The southern side of the estuary is lined with mangroves. Experience the quiet solitude of this coastal park. Go birdwatching or fishing, or stroll along the beach. Camp under the casuarinas behind the dunes overlooking the estuary and sandy beach. Take drinking water and a fuel stove. No facilities are provided. Generators are not allowed. Camping fees apply.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight. Riddled with ledges and small caves, the bommie is often swarming with cardinalfish, which are in turn fed upon by patrolling packs of trevally. Checkout all the ledges and you will find coral trout, coral cod, leaf scorpionfish, moray eels, tasselled wobbegongs and maybe even a Spanish dancer nudibranch. The sand surrounding Anchor Bommie is a good place to see whitetip reef sharks, stingrays, shovelnose rays, turtles and garden eels. But don't forget to look up as manta rays circle the top of this bommie to get cleaned by the resident cleaner wrasse.

Second Reef Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Located off the western side of Lady Elliot Island, Second Reef is a long ridge of coral that varies in depth from 2 to 12 metres. Lovely hard corals feature on this reef, but with many ledges and caves to explore it is always a fascinating dive. Schooling trevally and surgeonfish often engulf parts of this reef, and divers regularly encounter turtles, eagle rays, stingrays and whitetip reef sharks. Also common at Second Reef are sweetlips, lionfish, barramundi cod, gropers, octopus, crayfish, snappers and a great collection of colourful reef fish. This is a wonderful dive site that is enjoyed by both divers and snorkellers.

Severance Shipwreck Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Quite a few ships have come to grief on the fringing reef around Lady Elliot Island, but only one of these can be dived, the Severance. This fully intact yacht sank in 1998 and still has much of its rigging in place that is now covered in glorious soft corals. Sitting on a sandy sea floor, 21 metres deep, the wreck is a haven for marine life with cobia, sweetlips, emperors, snappers, trevally and gropers sheltering around the yacht. A look inside the ship will often reveal tasselled wobbegongs, coral trout, coral cod, lionfish and thousands of shrimps. Other visitors to the Severance include turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, eagle rays and manta rays.

Lady Musgrave Lagoon Dive Site

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
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Lady Musgrave Island is accessible on a day trip from the Town of 1770. This lovely coral cay is surrounded by a long fringing reef, and has a large lagoon that is a popular diving and snorkelling site. Scattered throughout the lagoon are countless coral heads, and with the depth rarely more than eight metres divers have a lot of time to explore. The calm waters in the lagoon allow delicate hard corals to flourish, including large patches of staghorn coral. While most of the reef fish seen are small, the ones under the permanent pontoon certainly aren't, as schools of sweetlips, goatfish, snapper, rabbitfish, damsels and a few gropers shelter here.

Lighthouse Bommies Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Just off the western side of Lady Elliot Island is a group of small coral outcrops known as Lighthouse Bommies. Descend down the mooring line and drift onto the bommies to discover a vast array of marine life - batfish, stingrays, white-spotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda, and manta rays waiting to be groomed by cleaner wrasse. At times leopard sharks and tasselled wobbegong sharks can be found resting at these wonderful bommies.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island is named after the family of Maori wrasse that call the area home. The site is located 14 to 18 metres beneath the surface and is ideal for intermediate divers looking to explore - reef sharks can often be spotted patrolling the reef wall and arches near the bommie, and just north of the wall is Spiders Ledge, named for the number of shells that decorate the outcrop. If you're a keen-eyed diver, you may be lucky enough to spot the shy barramundi cod and the brightly coloured clown triggerfish darting among the coral.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges. Numerous reef fish populate these bommies, common being goatfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, sweetlips and parrotfish. Divers also regularly encounter turtles, stingrays and reef sharks in this area. But the main attraction is the manta rays that hover atop the largest of these bommies as they get cleaned by swarms of cleaner wrasse.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish. Feasting on these tiny baitfish are predators like trevally, coral trout and mackerel. Entrance Bommie is also a good place to encounter turtles, tasselled wobbegong sharks, whitetip reef sharks, giant moray eels, stingrays, eagle rays and a good variety of reef fish. Don't be too surprised if you find a large shark sleeping in one of the caves, as tawny nurse sharks, which can grow to over three metres in length, are often seen at this dive site.

Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites: Manta Ray and Entrance Bombies, Napoleon's Wall and The Drop-off to name a few. Snorkel the shallows or dive coral gardens on the northern side and the extensive drop-off on the southern side. Divers and snorkellers may come face to face with manta rays, turtles, schooling fish, reef sharks, colourful reef fish, stingrays, and even sea snakes.
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