Out on the frontier of the Great Barrier Reef exists a coral cay island ‘Lady Elliot’ where the coral reef is alive and teaming with life, where hands-on adventure and exploration are keys to this Australian holiday experience in a declared ‘Marine National Park Zone’. It’s a special wild kind of a place where people come from all over the world and yet fit together, blend together within minutes of meeting each other through a common need. That need is to be closer to nature and experience the environment and it’s creatures.
If you long for an experience where you can get away from pretentious ‘name-branded Resorts with little substance’ and really interact with the tidal zone and the underwater water world of the Great Barrier Reef on your own terms then Lady Elliot Island is your nirvana. As the island is a declared ‘Marine National Park Zone’ ( sitting at Level 6 of a 7 tier protection class on the Barrier Reef, where level 1 is ‘General Use Zone’ and level 7 is no public Access) this is one of the few islands where you will see live coral, abundant bird life and abundant marine life at every level.
In order to operate on a sustainable basis without impacting the National Park, the Eco Resort employs a number of measures to protect the environment of the island and surrounds, in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park Authority (GBRMPA). These combined measures include the PROHIBITION of the following activities : Aquaculture, bait netting, crabbing, harvesting aquarium fish, coral and beach worms, harvesting sea cucumbers, trochus and tropical rock lobster, spear fishing, line fishing, netting by commercial boats and trawling. In addition the resort employs the following eco aware technology : -Hybrid Power Station using Solar Panels and reducing C02 emissions by 70%/pa, low power light bulbs, solar hot water heating, a closed-circuit anaerobic sewerage waste management system, the collection and use of rainwater,the desalination of pure seawater in fresh water for drinking and guest use and the removal of waste from the island by boat.
Most importantly our staff really ‘care’ about the reef. Just take one of our guided tours and you will immediately realize through their knowledge and guidance the interrelationships of nature and the need to respect and preserve.