Best Expedition in the World: meeting the ‘marine guardians’

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My initial crossing over to Lady Elliot Island dealt up the greatest body and brain strain. Due to unfavourable winds, it morphed into a 90km, 14 hour haul. The light at the end of the tunnel? I was headed towards my favourite destination on the reef. Lady Elliot Island is internationally known as one of the planet’s top dive sites. But, more than that, I believe it’s the most inspiring example of eco-tourism in Queensland. Owner Peter Gash has installed numerous environmentally-friendly initiatives over the years. The most impressive and recent addition is a state-of-the art solar plant, which provides up to 80 per cent of the island’s power and has reduced its use of diesel fuel from 800 to 100 litres per day. It’s no wonder Lady Elliot is a popular holiday haven for those who want to support and learn from a successful eco-tourism business.

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