Lady Elliot Island, part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, lies 85 kilometres north-east of Bundaberg and is a coral cay which is actually part of the reef.
Formed over a 3000 year period, you can learn all about the marine wonderland that is Lady Elliot Island on a guided reef walk or through the informative display at the Reef Education Centre. Bird watchers also flock here to observe 57 species of birds. More than 50,000 birds nest here during summer. Sea turtles including the endangered Loggerhead Turtle also nest on Lady Elliot during the summer months from late afternoon through until early morning from November to January. Baby turtle hatchlings can be seen scampering to the ocean from January until April - usually under the cover of darkness.
There are 19 dive sites including Lighthouse Bommie, Coral Gardens, Moiri and Shark Pool with excellent visibility ranging from 15 to 40 metres. Explore the shipwreck in the waters off the island where Manta Rays - the island's icon - are regularly seen. A fully equipped dive centre on the island caters for all interests and abilities, offering resort dives for the beginner through to advanced dives for the qualified. Dive courses are also offered.
The resort, located on the beachfront offers a low-key eco friendly atmosphere. The resort caters for just 100 guests and allows you to get back to nature away from the crowds and hectic pace of major tourist areas.
At Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, you can step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive in an underwater holiday world of brilliantly coloured species of marine life, or just simply relax and soak in the natural island atmosphere. The lagoon protects and nurtures the curiosity of the beginners while a little further out experienced snorkellers and divers descend to see the Coral Sea.
Lady Elliot Island is one of only three island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and the only resort with direct flight access to the island airstrip. The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA. Lady Elliot is an island teeming with life and live corals, famous for a resident population of 40 Manta Rays which form the iconic logo of the island.
Tour the reef in a glass bottomed boat, learn to scuba dive, feed the fish, take a guided reef walk or stroll to a deserted beach and live the dream. With exceptionally clear water year round, you may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays. If you are there for the right season you may see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales blow and breech.
*** Flights depart the Bundaberg Airport daily dependant on availability ***