Flight Access & Cost

Access to Lady Elliot Island is on small aircraft chartered by Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort from Seair Pacific to transport our guests to and from the Island. Because Lady Elliot Island is the most remote Great Barrier Reef island regularly accessed, boat access is impractical. Seair has been the provider of aircraft charter to the resort since 1996 and its pilots are very experienced in operating into and out of the grass airstrip which runs the entire length of the island. Lady Elliot Island is a private closed destination and permission to access the Island is only granted by the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, no other flight access is permitted.

We offer daily flights from Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Brisbane (Redcliffe) and the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Lady Elliot Island, please see our Flight Schedule for further information.

The types of aircraft currently utilised are Cessna Caravans and Britten Norman Islanders.

Cessna Caravans 13 passengers
Britten Norman Islanders 9 passengers

                              

               

On occasion, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort may charter other companies or use different aircraft depending on demand and passenger numbers.

Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast to Lady Elliot Island

The scenic flight from Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 40 minutes. Check in at the Lady Elliot Island counter at Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast Airport, next to the Virgin counter, see Map/Directions below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast by Air:

See Virgin Australia’s website for direct flights from Sydney and Australia's major cities to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast. QantasLink also operate daily flights see the Qantas website.

To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast - Self-Drive:

Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast is just over 3 hours drive (289km) north of Brisbane, via the Bruce Highway.

To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast by Rail:

Queensland Rail offers a train service between Brisbane and Maryborough. A Shuttle Bus can transfer you from Maryborough to Hervey Bay Airport. This Shuttle Bus service can be booked by calling (07) 0421 413 446. For more information on the Tilt Train and Sunlander visit Queensland Rail Travel’s website.

To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast by Bus:

Tory's InterCity, provides a daily air-conditioned coach service between the Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay and Maryborough) and Brisbane (Airport and City Transit Centre in Roma Street).

Bundaberg to Lady Elliot Island*

The scenic flight from Bundaberg to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 30 minutes. Check in at the Lady Elliot Island/QantasLink counter at Bundaberg Airport, see Map/Directions below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

To get to Bundaberg by Air:

See Virgin Australia’s website for direct flights from Brisbane to Bundaberg. QantasLink also operate daily flights to Bundaberg see Qantas website.

To reach Bundaberg - Self-Drive:

Bundaberg is just over 4 hours drive (390km) north of Brisbane, via the Bruce Highway.

To get to Bundaberg by Rail:

Queensland Rail offer a train service between Brisbane and Bundaberg. For more information on the Tilt Train and Sunlander visit Queensland Rail Travel’s website.

Brisbane (Redcliffe) to Lady Elliot Island*

The scenic flight from Brisbane (Redcliffe) to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 70 minutes. The pilot will greet you at the General Aviation building at Redcliffe Aerodrome, see Map/Directions below. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

To reach Brisbane by Air:

See Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin Australia websites for direct flights from Sydney and Australia’s major cities to Brisbane.

Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Lady Elliot Island*

The scenic flight from the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 105 minutes. Check in at the Seair office at Lores Bonney Circuit in the General Aviation Area at Coolangatta Airport, see Map/Directions below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

To reach the Gold Coast by Air:

See Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia or Tigerair websites for direct flights from Sydney and Australia’s major cities to the Gold Coast.

Cost of return scenic flights to Lady Elliot Island

FLIGHTS APRIL 2014 - MARCH 2015
ADULT CHILD
BUNDABERG $275 $150
HERVEY BAY/FRASER COAST $275 $150
BRISBANE (REDCLIFFE) $650 $350
GOLD COAST (COOLANGATTA) $650 $350

Click here for 2015/2016 Rates

FLIGHTS APRIL 2015 - MARCH 2016
ADULT CHILD
BUNDABERG $285 $160
HERVEY BAY/FRASER COAST $285 $160
BRISBANE (REDCLIFFE) $650 $350
GOLD COAST (COOLANGATTA) $650 $350

Maps/Directions to Airports can be downloaded below:

Directions - Bundaberg (BDB)

Directions -  Hervey Bay (HVB)

Directions - Redcliffe (RED)

Directions - Gold Coast (GC)