3-Day Southern Great Barrier Reef Tour Including Lady Musgrave Island
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3-Day Southern Great Barrier Reef Tour Including Lady Musgrave Island

3 days
About this activity
Travel to a beach resort located in a small town, situated near Lady Musgrave Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights in your choice of a private room with ensuite, or shared accommodation. Each day, you can choose from included and optional activities, or simply relax and enjoy the beach and its amazing views.

Day 1: Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast (L,D)

Meet your coach in the morning at a central location in Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast and head north. Stop and visit Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo. Catch sight of the Glasshouse Mountains as you go.

Visit the family-run Mammimo Gourmet Ice Cream. Sample fresh ice cream or sorbet (own expense) as you watch a farm demo about sugarcane production (seasonal). Once you've checked in and put down your bags, choose from several activities for the afternoon. Try surf lessons (own expense) or join a free guided snorkel school. Lounge and swim at the beach or pool at your leisure, visit the world's largest turtle research center (April to October), or experience the Mon Repos Turtle Centre (November to March). In the evening, have dinner at a local café or restaurant, then enjoy the nightlife on site or a walk on the beach to look for shooting stars.

Overnight: Kelly's Beach Resort

Day 2: Lady Musgrave Island (B, L, D)

After breakfast, hop onboard your boat and cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, situated on the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. This area is known to be free of stinging jellyfish.

After about an hour-long ride, arrive at Coral Lagoon. You have several options for your day. Swim among the amazing coral and fish with the provided snorkel gear, and take a trip by glass-bottom or enjoy a guided island walk with commentary. Keep on the lookout for whales (in-season) and turtles.

Both beginning and certified divers can explore the diversity of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef; meanwhile anglers of all skill levels can attempt to reel in some fish with provided gear.

Enjoy a provided lunch, morning tea, and afternoon tea on the boat. If time and weather permit, you’ll be treated to a sunset tour. Afterward, enjoy dinner at a local café or restaurant and then enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.

Overnight: Kelly's Beach Resort

Day 3: Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast (B,L)

Check out of the resort after breakfast and head to the beach. Take an optional surfing lesson (own expense), swim, or snorkel, depending on the conditions and timing. Afterward, get back on the road. You return to your starting point in the evening to end your tour.

Please note: Pricing does not include reef tax and boat access fees (AU$210 per adult, AU$120 per child).
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  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Local guide
  • Seat in Coach Tour
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Mon Repos Turtle Experience (November - February Only, excluding Christmas Day)
Not included
  • Reef tax and boat access fees (AU$210 per adult, AU$120 per child cash must be paid to the driver on departure)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Optional activities as per itinerary (swim with whales)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Please bring sunscreen, hat and swimwear
  • Please restrict luggage to 22lbs (10kg)
  • Reef tax and boat access fees (AU$210 per adult, AU$120 per child cash must be paid to the driver on departure)
  • Occasionally strong winds will cause the cancellation of the boat to the Great Barrier Reef. Your local operator will always endeavor to cancel or postpone the excursion before time of departure if winds are too strong. However, due to the unpredictability of winds, you may arrive and be told by the boat company that the trip has been cancelled. In the uncommon event that this occurs, you will receive a full refund for this part of the AU$210 boat fee
Kevin Ali K
5 | 2019-09-13

It was a last minute decision to book this tour and I did not regret it. During the 3 day Tour our guide Harry (The Nemo Wrangler) did a great job in entertaining us and making sure we wee enjoying this trip. Would recommend it

4 | 2019-07-03

Harry, our tour guide, was fantastic. He really caters to his guests! The reef is amazingly beautiful but the boat ride can get a bit rough. The boat crew was great, especially Georgia. I only wish it would have been 3 nights...the resort is nice and we would've enjoyed a day at the beach.I highly recommend this tour!

Bruce P
5 | 2019-07-03

Great experience. Fun with family. Beautiful scenery. Phenominal, perfect weather. Fantastic reef experience. Tour guide Harry with "Sunst Safari's" was very knowlegable, fun and friendly and had great food for us; accommodating vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Thanks Harry!

Deanna W
5 | 2018-08-05

We took this tour July 9-11th and the weather was perfect! Harry, our 'Nemo wrangler', was a terrific tour guide, who went out of his way to make sure that everyone on our tour- we were an eclectic group!- got the most out of our experience. The accommodation at Kelly's Beach resort was rustic but enjoyable. The one downside- as others have noted- is that the boat trip to or from the Reef just under 3 hours can be very bad- our trip back after such a lovely day on the Reef was absolutely the most brutal boating experience we have had- even with 100mg of anti-nauseant tabs taken in advance, I was gagging and almost everyone on board was ill. I suspect that forewarning may preclude folks from taking this trip but I would suggest it. Thanks to Harry, our trip was amazing and worth every penny and gag!

Aditi A
4 | 2018-03-13

Loved it! Was a bit annoyed about some of the scuba diving experience - bit overall, great experience.

5 | 2018-03-02

Amazing trip. Harry was such a great tour guide. Really engaging, informative and definitely keen on ensuring all guests were getting the most out of their trip. All the stops were great. Snorkelling in the reefs, seeing sea turtles hatching at Mon Repos and surfing with Enviro Reefs Paddle and Surf School were definitely the highlights for me. This was one of the best trips, if not the best, that I've ever taken. I HIGHLY recommend this.

Carla R
5 | 2018-02-25

This 3 day tour is fab - Harry is hilarious and a great jolly leader, and you get a lot more than the description of this Viator ad- you are fed for every meal, lots of stops on the way and lady Musgrave is amazing.The tour is ran by SunSet safari ( look for the bus at Brisbane transit centre)

Janine A
4 | 2018-02-02

There are three parts to this tour: snorkling, an island walking tour, and a glass bottom boat ride. Try to get in the water during the lowest tide available that day. At higher tides you will spend a lot of effort trying not to hold your position, which distracts from watching the fish. At low tide, the reef pops above the surface and the strong current pretty much disappears. They assign you to groups on boarding, so I am not sure what it would take to change to a lower tide group. Also, wear plenty of sunscreen, reapply frequently the sun is amazingly intense and TAKE SEASICK MEDS. It's a rough ride out and back without them.

5 | 2017-12-11

this was an amazing trip. Harry was a fantastic guide so helpful and friendly. I would recommend your company to anyone travelling. Thank you for a wonderful time.



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