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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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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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Field trip at Lady Elliot Island: The feeding frenzy!

We had another wonderful field trip at LEI with our Earthwatch volunteers. This trip was not only productive but also very fun. It is always great to meet amazing people that are so keen to learn and help research. This field trip was marked by the fanatic feeding behaviour displayed by the mantas. In fact, only a couple of manta rays were encountered cleaning at the popular dive sites while the others were almost constantly feeding at the surface (feeding on plankton).

PART 1: Filming on Lady Elliot Island for the Best Expedition in the World

In preparation for the Best Expedition in the World which starts at the end of May, (less than 11 weeks away) I’ve been chasing sponsors, planning itineraries, training on the Brisbane River and now building my Hobie Mirage kayak and getting it ready for the 1600km challenge that lies ahead.

PART 2: Filming on Lady Elliot Island for the Best Expedition in the World

A really early morning start in Brisbane saw Sophee and I drive down to the Gold Coast and our flight headed straight up into the dark clouds and rain, our light plane being buffeted around by the squally conditions. We’d managed to load the four metre kayak into the plane along with the camera gear and people we’d need to make this event happen; some first time visitors to the island, others have been before and fallen in love with the place.

German media group fascinated about current weather

A German media group (6 journos) exploring the Gold Coast and Southern GBR region at the moment. We have perfect weather and we have seen just great nature conditions – esp. on Lady Elliot Island (where we have been today). The water was absolutely clear and the beaches sooooo clean. On the flight from OOL to LEI we have seen the coastline (GC, SC, Moreton Island, Fraser Island, etc) – we all expected much worst conditions and pollution. NO: The water and the beaches looked pretty good (for a first time visitor it looked normal)!

Open for business!

Despite the floods and wet weather affecting many areas of Queensland, Lady Elliot Island is enjoying exceptional weather with crystal clear water and excellent visibility! Flights to/from Lady Elliot Island are still operating as normal with departures from the Gold Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe Airport), Maroochydore, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

Lady Elliot Island EXTREME field trip with Earthwatch

We have just come back from one of our field trip at beautiful Lady Elliot Island, although the weather conditions made this trip pretty extreme, we had a very good time and are delighted to have met seven new Earthwatch volunteers, Adele, Lea-Anne, Aki, Laura, Corrinne, Brad and Sophie. Your help was invaluable during this trip, and we got so much work done. Also a big thank you to Richard, the Earthwatch coordinator who always add this little bit of extra fun and support.

Eco tourism told to plan long term.

Australia's eco-tourism operators need to think ahead more than one or two generations if they want their industry to survive far into the future.

That's the message from Peter Gash, managing director of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, who says his experience on the Barrier Reef island proves the point.

"Mining and farming are all great things for our country, but tourism is our sustainable industry. It won't be here just for 50 years or 100 years but potentially for 500 years and more," he told AAP on Tuesday.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort- founding member of Eco Lodges of Australia

Noosa Australia (October 25, 2010) – Fourteen of Australia’s leading independent ECO tourism properties have joined a new marketing group, Eco Lodges of Australia which was launched today at the Global ECO Asia Pacific Conference in Noosa.

As a founding member Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort are proud to have joined this collection of independent ECO lodges and camps offering the ECO conscious traveller responsible, ethical and sustainable ECO experiences in Australia’s most inspiring and extraordinary natural locations.

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