Australia // Coastal Queensland //

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island, the southernmost island of the eight tiny coral cays constituting Capricornia Cays National Park, is covered in soft-leaved pisonia trees that host the usual throng of roosting birdlife, ringed by a coral wall that forms a large turquoise lagoon. Diving inside the lagoon here is safe but pretty tame (though snorkelling is good); outside the wall is more exciting. Inexpensive boat trips from the village of 1770 mean that Lady Musgrave is the best of the southern cays on which to camp (April–Jan). There are no facilities at all on the island, so make sure you bring absolutely everything you need with you.