Access to Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is on small aircraft chartered from Seair Pacific to transport our guests to and from the Island. As Lady Elliot Island is the most remote Great Barrier Reef island regularly accessed, boat access is impractical.

Seair has been the provider of aircraft charter to the resort since 1996 and its pilots are very experienced in operating into and out of the grass airstrip which runs the entire length of the island.

Our Reservations Team will book your flights in conjunction with your accommodation, please refer to our Enquiry Page.

Lady Elliot Island is the only coral cay Island with an airstrip on the Great Barrier Reef. Our scenic flight transfers are one of the highlights of the overall guest experience and all our visitors enjoy two scenic flights providing a bird’s eye view of the reef as part of their visit to our unique Island paradise.

Lady Elliot Island is a private closed destination and permission to access the Island is only granted by the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, no other flight access is permitted. 

Departure Ports & Flight Times

  • Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) to Lady Elliot Island*
    Departs Hervey Bay Arrives Lady Elliot Island
    08:10am* 08:50am
    10:30am 11:10am
    01:00pm 01:40pm
    Departs Lady Elliot Island Arrives Hervey Bay
    09:30am 10:10am
    11:30am 12:10pm
    04:00pm* 04:40pm

    The scenic flight from Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 40 minutes. Check in at the Lady Elliot Island counter at Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast Airport, Gate 2 in the main terminal, see Map/Directions below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

    To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast by Air:

    See Virgin Australia’s website for direct flights from Sydney and Australia’s major cities to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast. QantasLink also operate daily flights from Brisbane see the Qantas website.

    To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast – Self-Drive:

    Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast is just over 3 hours drive (289km) north of Brisbane, via the Bruce Highway.

    To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast by Rail:

    Queensland Rail offers a train service between Brisbane and Maryborough. A Shuttle Bus can transfer you from Maryborough to Hervey Bay. For more information on the timetable visit Queensland Rail Travel’s website.

    To reach Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast by Bus:

    Greyhound Pioneer and Premier Motor Services provide a daily air-conditioned coach service between the Fraser Coast (Hervey Bay and Maryborough) and Brisbane (Airport and City Transit Centre in Roma Street).

  • Bundaberg to Lady Elliot Island*
    Departs Bundaberg Arrives Lady Elliot Island
    08:40am* 09:10am
    01:30pm 02:00pm
    Departs Lady Elliot Island Arrives Bundaberg
    11:30am 12:00pm
    04:00pm* 04:30pm

    The scenic flight from Bundaberg to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 30 minutes. Check in at the Lady Elliot Island/QantasLink counter at Bundaberg Airport (counter may not always be attended and the pilot will meet you shortly prior to boarding), see Map/Directions below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

    To get to Bundaberg by Air:

    See Virgin Australia’s website for direct flights from Brisbane to Bundaberg. QantasLink also operate daily flights from Brisbane to Bundaberg see Qantas website.

    To reach Bundaberg – Self-Drive:

    Bundaberg is just over 4 hours drive (390km) north of Brisbane, via the Bruce Highway.

    To get to Bundaberg by Rail:

    Queensland Rail offers a Tilt train service between Brisbane and Bundaberg. For more information on the Tilt Train timetable visit Queensland Rail Travel’s website.

  • Brisbane (Redcliffe) to Lady Elliot Island*
    Departs Brisbane (Redcliffe) Arrives Lady Elliot Island
    07:15am 08:45am
    Departs Lady Elliot Island Arrives Brisbane (Redcliffe)
    02:30pm 04:00pm

    The scenic flight from Brisbane (Redcliffe) to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 80 minutes. Redcliffe Aerodrome is approximately 40 minutes drive north of Brisbane city. The pilot will greet you directly in front of the amenities block, see Map/Directions below. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.  Transfers between Brisbane and Redcliffe can also be added if required.

    To reach Brisbane by Air:

    See QantasJetstar or Virgin Australia websites for direct flights from Sydney and Australia’s major cities to Brisbane.

  • Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Lady Elliot Island*
    Departs Coolangatta Arrives Lady Elliot Island
    06:45am 08:45am
    Departs Lady Elliot Island Arrives Coolangatta
    02:30PM 04:30PM

    The scenic flight from the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Lady Elliot Island takes approximately 100 minutes. Check in at the Seair hangar at Lores Bonney Circuit in the General Aviation Area at Coolangatta Airport, see Map/Directions below. Please check in 15 minutes prior to departure. Your flight will be arranged in coordination with your accommodation booking.

    To reach the Gold Coast by Air:

    See QantasJetstarVirgin Australia or Tigerair websites for direct flights from Sydney and Australia’s major cities to the Gold Coast.

    *Flight times vary depending on weather, aircraft type and possible transit stop

  • IMPORTANT FLIGHT INFORMATION
    • Flights are subject to change and may include transit stops
    • Brisbane (Redcliffe) service/flight will incur a surcharge of $50 each way ($100 return) per sole traveller – non commissionable or refundable
    • *08:10, 08:40 & 16:00 flights are for day guests or one/two night stays only
    • 15kg luggage limit per person (soft bags preferred, must not exceed 70cm x 40cm x 30cm)
    • Excess luggage $7.00 per kg one way or $14 return
    • Flights do not operate Christmas Day
    • Please ensure you have provided reservations with a contact phone number
    • If you are a sole traveller please advise an emergency contact
    • Please advise if you will be travelling on any connecting flights, buses, trains etc
    • Please re-confirm flight 24 hours prior to travel 1800 072 200 or 07 5536 3644
    • Please check in 30 minutes prior to your departing flight (15 minutes for Redcliffe & Coolangatta)
    • Flight times vary depending on weather, aircraft type and possible transit stops
  • 2020/2021 Rates
    FLIGHTS 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021
    ADULT CHILD
    BUNDABERG* $369 $241
    HERVEY BAY/FRASER COAST* $369 $241
    BRISBANE (REDCLIFFE)** $770 $470
    GOLD COAST (COOLANGATTA) * $770 $470

Flight Costs

Cost of return scenic flights to Lady Elliot Island – 19/20 Rates

FLIGHTS 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020
ADULT CHILD
BUNDABERG $349.00 $220.00
HERVEY BAY/FRASER COAST $349.00 $220.00
BRISBANE (REDCLIFFE) $750.00 $450.00
GOLD COAST (COOLANGATTA) $750.00 $450.00
  • Exclusive Private Flights

    Exclusive private flights are also available to Lady Elliot ex Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast or Bundaberg, prices start from:

    • Max 4 pax $1,100 one way
    • Max 8 pax $1,700 one way (subject to availability)

Driving Maps

Maps/Directions to Airports can be downloaded below:

Directions – Bundaberg (BDB)

Directions –  Hervey Bay (HVB)

Directions – Redcliffe (RED)

Directions – Gold Coast (GC)
 

IN-FLIGHT APP

To enhance your flight experience to Lady Elliot Island, please download our In-Flight App from either the Apple App Store, or Google Play store (available on both phones and tablets). To download the app, search for ‘Lady Elliot Island’ – the App is available in five languages, English, Chinese, Japanese, German and French