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Australia holidays: How to experience Queensland’s Lady Musgrave Island

There are only two ways to immerse yourself in the pristine nature of Lady Musgrave Island off the coast of Queensland; DIY camping or pontoon luxury – both are unforgettable and worth adding to your future transtasman travel wish list, writes Kate Webster

Travel around 60km off the coast of Queensland and you will find a little slice of paradise that costs less than A$10 (NZ$10.75) a night, has million-dollar views and an abundance of wildlife that comes right up to your door. A jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island is a part of the Bunker Island Group and lies 96km northeast of Bundaberg and 59km east-north-east of Seventeen Seventy in Queensland.

This uninhabited island is known by the traditional owners of the land as Wallaginji, meaning Beautiful Reef. There are two ways to experience the island, go wild with basic camping on the island itself, or take it all via a luxury stay on a three-level pontoon nestled in the sheltered waters of Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon.

This story was published in the New Zealand Herald. Click here to read more of this story.