Lady Elliot Island (LEI) is a coral cay situated at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. We are located approximately 80 kilometers north-east of Bundaberg and nestled in between Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island. Lady Elliot is the closest Great Barrier Reef island to Brisbane, Queensland’s southern capital. The Island lies within a Marine National Park ‘Green Zone’ and forms part of Australia’s World Heritage Listed Area on the Great Barrier Reef.
We operate a small, low-key Eco Resort on the Island but the main attraction for visitors is the natural environment, the reef and abundance of marine life. Lady Elliot is only 42 Hectares (100 acres) in size, small enough to walk around in 45 minutes. As Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay, it is made entirely from crushed coral, the beaches and other pathways can be hard on your feet. Please ensure that you bring comfortable walking shoes or reef walking shoes, as this will make your stay more enjoyable (we do have reef shoes that our guests can borrow if you don’t have your own).
The waters surrounding Lady Elliot Island are exceptionally clear all year around with an average visibility of 20+ metres. As the Island is located way out on the outer edge of the continental shelf and not close to the inshore rivers and runoff that comes after rain, we enjoy clean and clear waters and healthy coral. Being on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and 80km from the shore we don’t get any marine stingers so no need to wear those lovely stinger suits!
Lady Elliot Island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations on the Great Barrier Reef. The Island is situated within the highest protection zone of the Great Barrier Reef and is a haven for marine life including manta rays, turtles, whales, dolphins, sharks and the entire cast of ‘Finding Nemo’ – over 1,200 different species of marine life can be found around the Island. From beginners to advanced snorkellers or divers, the experience is second to none anywhere in the world.
We have a PADI Dive Shop on the Island and there are 20 superb dive sites around the Island giving divers plenty of opportunities to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. A range of PADI certified dive courses are available, please visit the Dive Courses page for more information. However, you don’t have to be a diver to discover this amazing marine wonderland, snorkellers can step straight off the beach to begin their snorkelling adventures either in the protected Lagoon or head to the western side of the island for a deeper snorkelling experience. Snorkel equipment is included in the overnight tariff and you can keep it for the duration of your stay on the Island.
Take a closer look at the Great Barrier Reef from the air, in a glass bottom boat, snorkel, learn to scuba dive, take a guided reef walk, enjoy a range of guided activities or simply stroll along a deserted beach. With restricted visitor numbers on the Island each day, guests can experience an uncrowded haven on the Great Barrier Reef!