Congratulations to 1770 Reef for Achieving Advanced Ecotourism Certification for Tours- Lady Musgrave, Pancake Creek, and Fitzroy Lagoon!
Based in the town of 1770, 1770 Reef provide nature based day trips to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, including Lady Musgrave Island, Pancake Creek and Fitzroy Lagoon. 1770 Reef’s high-speed catamaran, Emelie, will take guests to world class snorkel and dive locations. Visiting Lady Musgrave Island, a 14 hectares coral cay, guests are invited to view the local marina life, including turtles and manta rays, in the pristine water of the coral fringed Lady Musgrave Lagoon. This is the perfect location to explore Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef first hand.
1770 Reef are committed to practising minimal impact tourism within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and ensure guests follow their practise of “Look but don’t touch or take anything from the reef.” This includes protecting the coral reefs and other habitats from damage as well as prohibiting any disturbance that may impact nesting turtles and sea birds. To ensure that visitors do not have a negative impact on the area, 1770 Reef’s well-trained staff provide environmental education and interpretation to all guests prior to and during any activity.
1770 Reef also work closely with the local community to raise awareness for the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park including a project with the local Agnes Water School, that engages students to participate in marine science day and offering a unique opportunity to visit the reef on a day trip. 1770 Reef also support local conservation groups and initiatives in the form of donations, membership and contributions, including Elliott Heads ‘Clean Up The Reef Day’ with local volunteers. Ongoing future opportunities and improvements are being implemented to support conservation not-for-profit based community activities.
1770 Reef acknowledge the traditional owners of the area, the Gooreng Gooreng people, and are are currently in consultation with the local Gidjarjil Development Corporation to ensure that their interpretation material is accurate and respects local cultural knowledge and customs.
1770 Reef provide information about climate change and the impacts on the local environment and encourage their guest to take actions to address these climate change. These include considering alternative transport, update lighting, invest in renewable energy and practice responsible waste management