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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.

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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.

Situated right on the Great Barrier Reef…

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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Watch our latest videos to discover the magic of Lady Elliot Island, explore the Eco Resort and enjoy natural encounters both above and below the water. Take a look at our accommodation options, facilities and activities available, snorkelling adventures and premium dive locations.

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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.

A Bumper Season for Turtles - PART 1

The turtle season was truly a busy one this year, with in excess of 200 nests recorded on the shores of Lady Elliot Island! Lady Elliot this year had over two-hundred green sea turtle nests recorded and many loggerhead turtles. The previous year was a very small one in comparison to this year with around 20 nests recorded; the reason for this put down to the fact that sea turtles will not nest within consecutive years, rather on a 2 to 8 year cycle.

Project Manta update

Project Manta is a research group headed by Dr Kathy Townsend, Dr Mike Bennett, Dr Scarla Weeks and Dr Anthony Richardson from The University of Queensland and PhD candidates Fabrice Jaine and Lydie Coutourier. Fabrice is creating a model for climate change using the manta rays as a bioindicator species and Lydie's PhD project focuses on the population ecology and biology of manta rays in eastern Australia.

Research Summary

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia - The manta ray, Manta birostris, is the world's largest ray, with a disc width of up to seven metres. It is an iconic species found in all the world's oceans. As a harmless giant it attracts considerable interest from the general public and is the subject of commercial dive-tourism industries worth millions of dollars.

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