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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

Our Location

Lady Elliot Island is located 80kms north-east of Bundaberg and is the closest Great Barrier Reef island to Brisbane, Queensland’s southern capital. Day trippers or overnight guests can access the island by scenic flight from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe) and the Gold Coast.

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In-Flight App

Use the App to track your flight up the East Coast of Queensland to Lady Elliot Island. With 50 different Points of Interests along the flight you can learn more about the region you are flying over with information on popular locations; theme parks; and places to stay, eat and explore! Available on both the Apple and Google Play Store.
To download the app search ‘Lady Elliot Island’

Earth Hour 2010

Welcome to . . .

EARTH HOUR

Lady Elliot style !

On March 31st 2007, Australia had its first Earth Hour with more than
2 million Sydney businesses and households turning off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – sending a powerful national and global message that it’s possible to take action on climate change.

At 8:30pm on 27th March 2010, Earth Hour once again goes global, with cities and towns around the world taking a stand on the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, and millions of people uniting to turn the tide on climate change.

David Ireland returns to LEI

David Ireland, the 'Wildlife Man', is returning to Lady Elliot Island in March 2010 to film a cinema documentary. David will be working on a feature film called 'Wild Australia' which is due for release in December 2010. During his stay, David will give film presentations to guests staying on Lady Elliot.

Diving Heaven on Lady Elliot Island!

What a fantastic feeling, when someone who HAS to travel to all the Barrier Reef Islands, arrives at Lady Elliot and is completely blown away by all it can offer. But don't take our word for it !!

Saving the best for last... Ben Southall, winner of the 'Best Job in the World' competition, thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Lady Elliot Island with his girlfriend Bre, they absolutely loved the diving! Ben will hang up his snorkel and fins at the end of the month when his role as Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef comes to an end.

Now we know! There are OFFICIALLY at least 2 manta species!

Formerly thought to be a single species (Manta birostris), recent research, conducted by Dr Andrea Marshall in Mozambique, showed that there are at least two different species of manta rays (Manta alfredi and Manta birostris). Indeed, after a long wait, the article describing the two species got finally published yesterday (1st December) in a scientific journal (Zootaxa). This is the success after hard work and long wait. Congratulation to Andrea and Mike for publishing this vital piece of information about these mysterious giants.

Project Manta - Lady Elliot Island Field trip November 2009

Once more we had an amazing field trip amongst the mantas at Lady Elliot Island (LEI). During that intensive week, we managed to identify 18 manta rays including 5 new individuals: Sarathani, Evanella, Rhapsody, Habana, and Twilight.
Two of the mantas ID-ed, Maya and Gisela, were tagged from back June. It was great to see them around and gave us a great indication on their degree of site fidelity.

Great Barrier Reef Island Turns Green into Gold

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Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia (29 August 2009)

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, on the Great Barrier Reef’s southern-most tip, has become one of the first island resorts in Australia to move almost entirely to renewable energy, dramatically reducing its carbon footprint and lowering dangerous risk to marine life.

Manta Project Update

We are finally back from our trip to Lady Elliot Island where we had an amazing time with the mantas.

Within the first week of the trip, we manage to deploy acoustic tags on 12 individuals, clean up and put back the 5 listening stations around the island and identify all mantas encountered and photographed.

We've also started the Project Manta documentary with Kauffman Production; we manage to get some great footage of tagging and cleaning behaviour and, not surprisingly, are looking forward to the next trip. Good science and heaps of fun.

Project Manta update

The photo-identification of manta rays is going great thanks to all the photos we've received, we have about 210 mantas identified (and still counting) from Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island, Wolf Rock, North Stradbroke Island, Byron Bay and Solitary Islands Marine Park. So far, 49 rays were resighted twice at the same site, including 17 sighted 3 times, and 5 rays 4 times. We now have 7 mantas positively identified and photographed at both Lady Elliot and North Stradbroke Island.

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