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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's 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.

Climate Action Leader

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has achieved Climate Action Leader certification. This demonstrates the we are undertaking an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting. We are ensuring to measure our carbon footprint and continually working on new innovative sustainable practices to further our journey towards our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

GOLD FOR ECOTOURISM

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has won gold in the ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ at the annual Queensland Tourism Awards held on Friday 10th November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

Whale song and winged angels

To arrive at a remote coral cay at the precise time of a lunar eclipse is notably auspicious, but to learn that the annual humpback whale migration has just begun and that the Project Manta Ray research team is working on the island is doubly so and full of promise.

My timely arrival on Lady Elliot Island, off the Fraser Coast north of Brisbane, is one of those cherished moments that tear through the fabric of the everyday and resonate in the memory.

Case Study 1 - Lady Elliot Island

The Lady Elliot Barrier Reef Eco Island in 2008 depended entirely on an old reverse osmosis plant for drinking water. While the quality of the water was fine, the reverse osmosis plant required a lot of energy to run. In 2008 energy on this island was produced by generators, using around 500 litres of diesel per day. To reduce the power consumption the Management of resort agreed with Danfoss to test the first prototypes of the WaterCube2.

Nesting Turtle Haven

On the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef lies the stunning Lady Elliot Island. A coral cay bursting with brilliantly coloured marine life, the island offers visitors the chance to relax and soak up the atmosphere, or get up close and personal with the underwater world.
Lady Elliot Island is declared "Marine National Park ZOne" and is one of the few places you will see live coral and abundant bird and marine life at every level. From turtles to dolphins and a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Lady Elliot Island revisited….

There was no way in the world that I could possibly go back out to Lady Elliot Island for three days break and not blog about it! I took a few days out to visit the island with a friend of mine from Europe and simply had to write something about the experience.

This place to me is one of those jewels in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef that I shouldn’t really praise too much in case thousands of people decide to go and try it for themselves thereby ruining the peace and solitude that it offers. Oh well it really can’t be helped!

Whitsundays: Life's a beach

....... Lady Elliot Island is an example to the rest of the world. It generates all its own power in an environmentally sensitive way, handles and recycles its own waste and the discrete resort is tucked out of the eyeline of the beach. In my opinion the diving was the best on the entire Great Barrier Reef........

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.

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.

First things first

Preserving the environment is easier than we all seem to think, says Queensland Tourism Ambassador and former Island Caretaker Ben Southall

The last year has really been an incredible experience and very possibly the year where I finally found some purpose and direction in life.

The Best Job in the World has allowed me to explore the underwater magic of the unique Great Barrier Reef; something that has been exciting, challenging and educational.

Best Job in the World Winner Ben Southall on Life in Queensland

Unless you were living under a rock, you probably heard about the ‘best job in the world‘ contest launched by the Tourism board of Queensland Australia. It was a media frenzy and has been called one of the biggest PR campaigns in history. But beyond the nuts and bolts of the campaign, I went to the source Ben Southall to ask him about his experience in Queensland and find out some secrets for the best things to do in Queensland. Here’s what Ben had to say.

Have you travelled much prior to your winning the best job in the world? What were your favourite places?

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