Gladstone Region: Gladstone's Islands on the Great Barrier Reef

Leave Seventeen Seventy and Gladstone behind en route to the tropical paradise of Lady Musgrave, Heron and Fitzroy Reef Lagoon, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

The best islands to visit on the Southern Great Barrier Reef 

Lady Elliot Island is regarded as the southern starting point of the reef, or as we prefer to call it, where great begins. Located 46 nautical miles off the coast of Bundaberg, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is (as the name suggests) eco-certified and attracts divers from around the world who want to swim with super-sized manta rays.

Get a Great Barrier Reef education on a tour of an eco-research station on Heron Island. Spend your day snorkelling the untouched ecosystem of the closed ring reef of Fitzroy Reef Lagoon. You can also camp on top of Lady Musgrave’s 3000 acres of living reef with the seabirds and turtles as your only neighbours. Or, hire a cruiser yacht from Seventeen Seventy, drop in a line and enjoy the fruits of your labour onboard.


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Heron Island Research Station

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station is a world-class research and teaching facility. It is the largest island-based research station in the Southern Hemisphere with a rich history of research, event pre-dating its construction in 1951.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.

1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours

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Day tour to Lady Musgrave Island. 1770reef provide tours to Lady Musgrave Island, with the adventures of experiencing the Great Eight only found in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. \Among the adventures of Snorkelling, Guided Glass Bottom Boat Tour and Guided Island walks, Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon has stunning turtles, manta rays and fish to swim with in the Coral Lagoon.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.
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