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WHERE TO STAY

Camping 101 on Lady Musgrave Island.

Located on the western

side of the island, the campsite is sheltered by pisonia trees with views

to the reef (and mere steps from tent to idyllic snorkelling, without

stinger suits). Here, Jim Buck may share another of his favourite

activities – photographing the trickiest of subjects, squid, on the reef

crest in front of the campsite. Campers must be self-sufficient and

carry in all food and drinking water. Sites from $5.75 per person per

night). See

www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/capricornia-cays/camping

First-timer’s tip:

avoid pitching your tent directly under the

pisonia trees where terns roost and poop (pack a tarp!); pack sturdy

garbage bags as you must take all rubbish with you when you leave;

and if you want to fish, be sure to check zoning restrictions. Read up

on responsible practices on visiting the Great Barrier Reef’s islands

and cays at

www.gbrmpa.gov.au/visit-the-reef/responsible-reef-practices

While the campsite on Lady Musgrave Island is capped at 40

people – and closed from the Australia Day weekend through

to Easter to protect turtle hatchlings, nesting seabirds and island

vegetation – the island is open all year to day-trippers.

The Lady Musgrave Experience

is a ‘Sleep on The Reef’

expedition on two luxury catamarans, the Main Event (for the

journey) and Big Cat Reality (a custom-built floating hotel). Once

the sun goes down, guests are invited to experience the magnificent

natural phenomenon of turtles nesting and hatching on Lady

Musgrave Island guided by marine biologists and island rangers. See

www.ladymusgraveexperience.com.au

Or find a seaside camping spot at the

Town of 1770

– the so-

called birthplace of Queensland where Captain Cook landed – and

sister village,

Agnes Waters

, six hours drive from Brisbane. 4WDers

can cruise into Deepwater National Park, south of Agnes Waters,

where Sunshine Coast couple Nev and Bev McLachlan have spent

more than 40 years camping and monitoring nesting loggerhead

turtles on a 22km stretch of beach near Wreck Rock. Like Jim Buck,

they are dedicated volunteers also recruited by the famous Dr Col

Limpus. For camping see

www.1770campingground.com.au

, for

beachside accommodation see

www.agneswaterbeach.com

and

see

www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/deepwater

to find out more about

Deepwater National Park.

At Bundaberg

Mon Repos Beach

supports the most significant

population of endangered loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific with

ranger-led encounters from Mon Repos Turtle Centre until March.

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Wreck Rock camping area

near Agnes Waters

Fly direct between Brisbane and Bundaberg

with Qantas and Virgin Australia. To plan

your trip see

www.queensland.com