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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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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.

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 28th March 2009, Earth Hour once again goes global, with cities and towns around the world taking stand on the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, and millions of people uniting to turn the tide on climate change.

Hybrid Power Station Update

The moment we have all been waiting for ….. the construction phase of the new power station. A band of merry men accompanied by Seair's engineering team arrived on island to create an unstoppable force, full of enthusiasm and laughter they combined to create an awesome team focused on the task at hand ….. the construction of the ultimate solar power station, setting the standard, creating history on our little slice of paradise, working together to achieve the goal of reducing our carbon emissions and our overall environmental footprint.

HYBRID SOLAR POWER STATION FOR LADY ELLIOT ISLAND!

Lady Elliot Island Management is very excited to announce our commitment to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions by installing a Hybrid Solar Power Station on the island. The Power Station has been funded through a joint venture between Lady Elliot Island and the Australian Governments Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Congratulations to Tanya & Paul!

Paul Hunt & Tanya Brown met on their respective first trips to Lady Elliot Island in 2003.

Tanya had heard many wild and wonderful tales of encounters at Lady Elliot Island, from her brothers Martin & Rex who have often frequented these waters over the last decade. So she decided to take the plunge and experience the wonders of the idyllic coral cay for herself!

friends of Nemo

Hi fellow snorkelers,
Here’s just a quick blab to show you guys some little friends of mine out on a bommie on the inside of the northern mooring at 2nd reef. Just off Sandy Seconds (as we like to call it). See if you can find these guys. I’ve attached a video to make it easy for you.

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