Imagine watching the sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef from your bed and then jumping directly into the crystal clear water just outside, where you can discover an underwater world without the crowds!
In the middle of the largest coral reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef, there is the eco-friendly glamping accommodation, known as Lady Musgrave, which floats on the water.
With just 30 accommodation facilities you have on the floating accommodation, this is an absolutely unique experience where you can enjoy the incredible reef by day and night in all its glory.
During this glamping experience, you will stay on an elegant three-story pontoon, which is connected to the lagoon of Lady Musgrave Island.
Accommodation for a maximum of 30 guests is available - in various categories, including queen-size beds on the upper ceiling and a dormitory in the underwater observatory. So if you want to watch fish in between and don't want to get wet, you can just sit there by the window. ;)
The breakfast buffet is served around 8 a.m., but it is worth taking your first dive or snorkelling trip beforehand, as the water is usually particularly calm and clear in the morning and countless tourist groups from Bundaberg arrive every day around 9-10 a.m. to see Australia's world-famous reef.
The project is also committed to experiencing the reef in a more sustainable way. It is well known that tourism is significantly impacting the reef, and because of that the Lady Musgrave Experience is committed to ecologically sustainable use of the marine park by providing higher levels of environmental protection, including eliminating single use plastics on board, promoting reef safe sunscreen to all guests, reef monitoring and educating visitors about sustainability.
Above the waterline, the innovative zero-impact design is completely solar and wind-powered, and below the waves, coral cultivation and Citizen Science programs give back to the world’s greatest natural treasure.
During the turtle breeding season in November, overnight guests have the opportunity to take night tours to the nearby island. A fascinating experience!
Those who stay overnight in the observatory have a good chance of seeing one or two turtles or other reef creatures glide past the bed at night. The property's bathrooms are simple, functional and have hot showers.
A two night stay will cost around $900 AUD per person (which is about £475 per person) - including luxury catamaran transfers, all meals, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat rides and island tours. For Australia and the unique experience, we think this is a really affordable price! Especially since the view in the morning is priceless anyway...
What do you think, pirates? Would you be up for this amazing experience?
If you're not convinced yet, check out this video!