Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef starts at its southernmost island Lady Elliot (off Bundaberg). This vegetated and remote coral cay is renowned for the quality of its many dive sites (plus shipwrecks), snorkelling and scuba diving conditions.
Lady Elliot is home to coral gardens, seabirds, a colony of nesting turtles, blowholes, giant manta rays, barracuda and leopard sharks. It features an eco-friendly resort with a conservation ethos.
This island covers an area of 111 acres and is 46 nautical miles off the Queensland coast from Bundaberg.
Lady Elliot Island is in the Coral Sea, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and the Commonwealth of Australia owns this island.
Lady Elliot Island Reef
The coral reefs are diverse, and the bommies and platform reefs away from the crest contain the best examples of coral cover and diversity.
To the south, large coral platforms form a distinct outer edge of a gutter from the crest, the platforms displaying large table corals and staghorn.
Elsewhere, much of a steep slope has a good coral cover.
There are scattered bommies and larger platforms providing good snorkelling and shore-based diving.
Off the Island are Anchor Bommie, Lighthouse Bommies, Maori Wrasse Bommie, and The Three Pyramids.
Getting to Lady Elliot Island
Seair Pacific services lady Elliot Island in a small chartered aircraft. This is the only flight access to the island granted to Lady Elliot Eco Resort.
Hervey Bay flights flying time of approximately 40 minutes and depart at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Bundaberg Flights, flying time of approximately 30 minutes at 8:40 am and 4:00 pm.
Redcliffe Aerodrome, north of Brisbane, flying time is approximately 80 minutes at 7:15 am.
Day visitors can fly to Lady Elliot Island for a day tour. All-day tours include hot and cold buffet lunch, a glass-bottom boat guided snorkelling tour and return flights to and from this island.
Here you will find a variety of comfortable accommodations. All overnight rates include a full buffet dinner and breakfast and snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins). one glass bottom boat guided snorkel tour, guided tours and activities.
Beachfront two-bedroom units sleep 5 people.
Glamping tents sleep 2 adults, the tents have glass sliding doors that lead out onto a large deck. Each tent has an ensuite, fan-cooled, with a mini-fridge and tea and coffee facilities.
Reef Units sleep two to four people and are arranged in blocks of three ideal for families and couples. Each reef unit has a fan, mini-fridge, and tea and coffee facilities.
Garden Units sleep two or four people. each unit has ensuite bathrooms and a balcony. They have a fan, mini-fridge, and tea and coffee facilities.
There are 13 eco cabins each sleeping four people. Inside the eco-cabins are ceiling fan, lighting and power. they have a glass sliding door, share bathroom facilities and louvred windows. Each Eco cabin also has a deck with deck chairs.