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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.

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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Wild fish using tool

One of our dive team staff members, Oko was reading the following article in National Geographic and surprisingly had seen the same thing on Lady Elliot Island last year.

A blackspot tuskfish off Australia has its mouth full as it carries a cockle to a nearby rock, against which the fish was seen repeatedly bashing the shellfish to get at the fleshy bits inside.

A recent study in the journal Coral Reefs says the picture—snapped at a depth of nearly 60 feet (18 meters) in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in 2006—is the first ever taken of a tool-using fish in the wild.

Lady Elliot is the proud winner of 2 tourism awards

What a weekend!!! Starting with the Annual Fraser Coast Tourism Awards on Friday Night for which Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort was entered in the Environmental Tourism category. This category is for recognition of best practise eco tourism operators that demonstarte mutually beneficial relationships between tourism and our natural and environmental heritage.. . . . . . We won!!!! A huge well done... to the entire team for their hard work and passion that enables Lady Elliot Island to continue to educate and advance in Environmental Tourism.

The Oceania Dive and Ecotourism Expo

Lady Elliot will be attending The Oceania Dive and Ecotourism Expo in Brisbane. This is a consumer show that is co-located with Blue Edge. It is a 3 day extravaganza of showcases, seminars and demonstrations relating to scuba diving, water sports, ecotourism and travel, underwater imaging, free diving, and marine conservation. Head down and see our dive team from the 7 - 9 October 2011!

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has set a new record

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has set a new record of the lowest fuel usage day on the island. On Friday 19th August 2011, the record was set after 13.5 hours of continuous solar and battery power before the generator kicked in using only 125 litres of fuel for the day.

This was achieved through the addition of 24 new BAC batteries and 3 SMA SI5048 inverters to the original Hybrid Solar Power Station adding an extra 15 kilowatts of reserve storage power, taking the total amount up to 45 kilowatts.

Earthwatch Institute of Australia held its 40th Anniversary Oceania Gala Dinner

Earthwatch Institute of Australia held its 40th Anniversary Oceania Gala Dinner to raise money and awareness about the deteriorating ocean environments around the world. The August 10th event saw over $40,000 raised with Brother International Australia as the presenting sponsor. Brother International Australia is a long term supporter of Earthwatch as part of its ongoing commitment to environmental conservation.

Queensland: City under the sea

I roll backwards off the pontoon boat and sink into the ocean depths. Fresh air and blue sky are left behind as I descend into a silent world to meet whatever lies beneath.

Settling on the fine white sand at 23m, I'm within sight of a kaleidoscopic coral reef outcrop known as the Lighthouse Bommie, named because it is opposite the old lighthouse on Lady Elliot Island, the southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Kayakers arrive on Lady Elliot

Lady Elliot was lucky enough to play host to Mark, Chris & Rob who landed on our shores after paddling from Fraser Island.

This was around a 90km paddle and they boys plan to head off again when weather permits with their sights set on Lady Musgrave!

Awesome effort boys! Thanks to Bronte McMahon for the photo.

More details of the expeditioncan be found at northreefexpedition.blogspot.c​om

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