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Town of 1770 and Lady Musgrave Island

March 4, 2012


A four day trip by car to Town of Seventeen Seventy together with friends. This small settlement is located on the Capricorn Coast, some 500 km North of Brisbane. Our objective was to sail from there to Lady Musgrave Island, the most southerly part of the Great Bareer Reef.

Friends included Anna from Begur (former Anna from Argentina) – and Jean-Francois (aka Jones) from Lausanne. Hanny, another old friend of ours, joined us by plane, coming from Gold Coast.

On the road – between Gimpy and Town of 1770 

typical Queensland coastal hinterland landscape 

Paul and “Bruce”, the Landrover

                                                                                                        photo JF

  Anna, Wanda and Jean-Francois                                                                   

Cooling down with water melon / une pastèque pour couper la soif

Biggenden roadhouse filling station / station service

hot foot – pied chaud

                                                                                                                                 photo Anna

two crazy ladies


City of 1770

the beach / la plage

amazing sky / ciel fascinant

JF, Wanda, Anna, Paul – photo Hanny

Paul and Hanny

Town of 1770, the bay / la baie

Paul, Hanny, Wanda, JF – in our favorite restaurant (the only one open) / dans notre restaurant favori (le seul ouvert)

le lieutenant James Cook jetta l’ancre en cet endroit le 24 mai 1770


Deepwater National Park

Flat Rock

Flat Rock


middle rock

Paul and Wanda

Attention, la police et les voleurs patrouillent dans cette zone. Ne laissez pas d’oblets de valeur dans votre vehicule


Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave is a tiny 15-hectare island approx 50 km Noth-East of Town of 10 and sits on the western rim of a stunning turquoise blue reef lagoon. A squeaky, white-sand beach fringes a dense canopy of pisonia forest which brims with roosting bird life. Birds nest from October to April while green turtles nest from November to February. The entire island is an uninhabited national park.

Lady Musgrave Island

the lagoon / la lagune  


Hanny,Wanda, Anna, JF

Paul, Wanda, Anna, JF

Lady Musgrave Island and lagoon

bleu turquoise

turtle, taking a breath of air / tortue de mer, prenant une bouffee d’airwhite sand /sable blanc


                                            sea cucumber / concombre de mer

departing / le depart

Anna unfortunately wounded her leg by slipping on the coral rock on the beach and we had to shorten the excursion. Luckily the wound appeared to be only superficial, although it stll required 13 stitches.

This incident made us miss the snorkling. We will have to come back..


Anna s’est malencontreusement blessee a la jambe en glissant sur le corail sur la plage. Cela nous a oblige a racourcir la sortie. Heureusement la blessure s’est averee etre superficielle, mais cela lui a quand meme valu 13 points de suture. 

Cet incident nous a fait manquer la plongee. Il nous faudra revenir…