After 2 nights in King Fisher bay, we headed further up inside the Fraser island passage into Hervey bay where we had heard and were expecting to see humpback whales migrating south. We saw a few in the distance but i think we had missed the peak period as we had reports from other cruisers that they were everywhere.
We were now a bit pushed for time as we needed to get back to Brisbane to do some land touring before returning to the UK mid December. We headed straight up to Lady Musgrave Island which is part of the Southern Great Barrier reef. This would be the jewel of our short trip up the coast from Brisbane.
Lady Musgrave is a tiny island encased in a stunning crystal clear blue lagoon. It is one of the most southern islands of the Great Barrier reef. This time of year there were turtles mating and females coming up onto the beach in the evening and laying eggs. The island is uninhabited apart from roosting terns, shearwaters and white-capped Noddies. A walk through the pisonia forest was something very unique to see all these birds right up close.
We went onto the island on the first evening to try and photograph the milky way which was clearly visible at dark without a moon. It was incredible spooky walking back through the forest as the noise of the birds was unlike anything we had heard before. They sounded more like dogs howling than birds singing.
We met up with some cruising friends and enjoyed sun downers on the beach and a great evening on their boat with roasted lamb and singing.
While snorkelling, Richard had a close encounter with a male turtle who got annoyed when Richard came too close during his courtship with a female. Normally turtles will swim away from humans, but this male swam towards Richard and started pushing him away. Richard has to push him off a number of times with his Gopro pole. Luckily the turtle didn’t take a bite as that would have been a nasty injury.
Sadly we had to depart after 3 nights to make our way back 250 NM to Brisbane.
Sundowners on the beach with Jody and Steve from SV BLUE PELICAN
lady Musgrave island drone shot
Turtle in the background
One of many turtle tracks on the beach each morning
Turtle leaving the beach early in the morning after laying her eggs overnight high up on the beach
Enjoying dinner with friends on S/V Blue Pelican
Panthera at anchor off Fraser island
Greater crested Terns
G&T hour !