Info about Camping on Lady Musgrave Island.

Lady Musgrave is the southern-most island in the Capricorn Cays National Park, and lies just south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The island is only 14ha in size but is surrounded by 1192ha of reef, with about a third of that area reef lagoon. Lady Musgrave Island is ideal for beginner snorkellers. Many yachts anchor in the lagoon on the first leg of a northern passage through the Great Barrier Reef. Campsites on Lady Musgrave Island are sheltered by pisonia and fringing beach vegetation.

10th August 2013

Camping information on this page was taken from the Queensland Government's Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information below so please check the link above for the most up-to-date official information.

Up to 40 people can camp on Lady Musgrave Island at any one time. Camping is permitted from the start of the Easter school holidays until the end of the summer school holidays in January.

If using a commercial launch to get to Lady Musgrave, the company you travel with will generally drop you off on the island's eastern end. The camping area is a further 400 metres along the walking track through the forest.

Composting toilets, an information shelter, emergency radio, navigation tower, anchorage, ferry service, fuel storage and compressor bunker are provided on Lady Musgrave Island.

  • Dive compressors may only be used between 9am and 6pm.
  • All fuel must be kept in the storage areas provided.
  • Generators are not permitted.

Camping bookings can be made up to 11 months in advance for the first day of camping.

Bookings for Queensland state school holiday periods can be made from 9.00am 11 months in advance of the commencement of the holiday period. (If this day falls on a weekend or public holiday, bookings can then be made from 9.00am on the first business day following).

Bookings commencing from other days during the school holiday period are able to be booked as per normal i.e. from midnight 11 months in advance.


  • Digital/CDMA mobile phones do not work from Lady Musgrave. You should consider taking a marine VHF radio or a satellite phone with you
  • VMR477 Round Hill is contactable between 0700 and 1800 on channel 81 marine VHF
  • VMR488 Bundaberg is also contactable between 0700 and 1800 on channel 81 marine VHF
  • Queensland Police Service, Bundaberg monitors channel 81 marine VHF 24 hrs/day
  • Also try to contact other vessels in the vicinity or at anchor in the lagoon for help
  • There is an emergency radio located on the deck of the toilet block and is to be used for emergencies only

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