Multi-million dollar facelift for First Lady of the Reef
The first Lady of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island, will enjoy a substantial facelift, courtesy of its new operators. Surf lifesaving legend turned tourism and aviation operator Grant Kenny has joined long-term friend and fellow aviation businessman Peter Gash, of Seair on the Gold Coast, and respected Gold Coast commercial lawyer Michael Kyle in the venture.
Lady Elliot offers a pure reef experience 60 mins by air from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, 35mins from Hervey Bay, Gladstone or Bundaberg. The resort comprises 40 accommodation units ranging from tent-style "eco cabins” to two-bedroom “Reef Suites”. It sleeps a maximum of 150 people. The new operators plan a re-launch as Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort. The heritage listed lighthouse will be refurbished and the lighthouse keeper's dwellings converted into upscale accommodation.