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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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Video Gallery

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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Manta Project Update - July 2010

Our trip to Lady Elliot Island Tagging and biopsy sampling:
We equipped 3 more mantas with 2 acoustic and 2 satellite tags. One of them, a male named Cousteau, was tagged with both acoustic and satellite tags. This "unlucky” male will provide us with important information on his movement by making the link between his broad-scale movements (via satellite tracking) and finer scale movements at our study sites (via acoustic tag). In addition, the double tagging will allow us to check the accuracy of both technologies used and to compare of the two types of data obtained.

A Tale of Two Islands

Shirley Sinclair gets back to nature on a journey from the reefs at Lady Elliot Island to the rainforests of Fraser Island and finds the unique flora and fauna in our own backyard is impressive
EAT your heart out, Sir David Attenborough. You don't have to be a renowned naturalist crisscrossing the globe to come face-toface with endangered species, unique habitats, fascinating creatures and extraordinary flora.

Kayak Expedition

Three kayakers from Brisbane have embarked on a three week kayak expedition from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon! Paul Wilton, Garry Forrest and Eddie Safarik left Urangan on Sunday 25 July and spent two nights paddling up to Sandy Cape. Their kayaks are fully stocked with food and camping gear, enough for three weeks.

PROJECT MANTA – JUNE UPDATE

Manta rays database

We are delighted to see that the word is being passed on and more and more people are getting involved in this project. We have received many great photos of mantas which have provided us with great information! At the moment the database count stands at 377 mantas, with 161 having been resighted at least once, and still many photos to go through!

Movements

Lady Elliot Island a Destination for all Adventurers

Between the 20th and 22nd of May 2010 I visited (for the 3rd time!!) Lady Elliot Island on my Yr 12 Marine Studies camp (and as a serial visitor of Lady Elliot, I can tell you it only gets better and better!). Throughout my stay, my class and I encountered lots of marine life including a Shovel Nosed Shark, Green Turtles, Angel Fish, Clown Fish, Sea Cucumbers, White-Tipped Reef Sharks and an array of beautiful Corals. Not leaving all the excitement for underwater we also saw numerous birds including the Red-Tailed Tropic Bird.

Manta Movement , call for manta

A few weeks ago, we sent you a call for manta sightings along east Australia as the mantas were not around at North Stradbroke Island for about 2 months in December and January. This is normally the peak aggregation period at this location. Your helpful replies informed us that the mantas seemed to have been in mass numbers around Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island, which is quite unusual for the season. Also few mantas were sighted further south (NSW), when they usually are only sighted in February.

Project Manta updates March 2010

Lady Elliot Island Field trip
Once again, we had an amazing field trip at LEI in early February 2010 with our EarthWatch volunteers. We encountered 25 mantas and identified 18 of them including 6 new individuals.
During this trip we also tested our acoustic receivers placed all around the island using a special acoustic tag (called range test tag). We tested whether the receivers can detect the signal from the acoustic tag continuously over a 24hour period and to what range the receiver can detect the signal (around 500m).

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.

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