Lady Elliot Island is a Commonwealth Island located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, managed jointly by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service under a collaborative lease arrangement with a sole tourism operator – Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort’s lease and associated Marine Parks permit allows for the operation of a low-key resort, which can accommodate a maximum of 150 overnight guests. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority leases a small section of the island for the operation of the lightstation.

The waters surrounding Lady Elliot Island are a Marine National Park (Green) Zone under both State and Commonwealth Zoning Plans. A No Anchoring Area is designated on the western side of the island. Anchoring is available adjacent to the No Anchoring Area.

Lady Elliot Island Lightstation was listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List in 2004.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has made a Heritage Management Plan to protect and manage the Lady Elliot Island Lightstation’s Commonwealth heritage values. The Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan describes and assesses the heritage values, as well as detailing those obligations, appropriate policies and management regimes required to ensure that these heritage values are managed and protected.

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