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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

Our Location

Lady Elliot Island is located 80kms north-east of Bundaberg and is the closest Great Barrier Reef island to Brisbane, Queensland’s southern capital. Day trippers or overnight guests can access the island by scenic flight from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe) and the Gold Coast.

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Video Gallery

Watch our latest videos to discover the magic of Lady Elliot Island, explore the Eco Resort and enjoy natural encounters both above and below the water. Take a look at our accommodation options, facilities and activities available, snorkelling adventures and premium dive locations.

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A Tale of Two Islands

Shirley Sinclair gets back to nature on a journey from the reefs at Lady Elliot Island to the rainforests of Fraser Island and finds the unique flora and fauna in our own backyard is impressive
EAT your heart out, Sir David Attenborough. You don't have to be a renowned naturalist crisscrossing the globe to come face-toface with endangered species, unique habitats, fascinating creatures and extraordinary flora.

Manta Project Update - July 2010

Our trip to Lady Elliot Island Tagging and biopsy sampling:
We equipped 3 more mantas with 2 acoustic and 2 satellite tags. One of them, a male named Cousteau, was tagged with both acoustic and satellite tags. This "unlucky” male will provide us with important information on his movement by making the link between his broad-scale movements (via satellite tracking) and finer scale movements at our study sites (via acoustic tag). In addition, the double tagging will allow us to check the accuracy of both technologies used and to compare of the two types of data obtained.

First things first

Preserving the environment is easier than we all seem to think, says Queensland Tourism Ambassador and former Island Caretaker Ben Southall

The last year has really been an incredible experience and very possibly the year where I finally found some purpose and direction in life.

The Best Job in the World has allowed me to explore the underwater magic of the unique Great Barrier Reef; something that has been exciting, challenging and educational.

Best Job in the World Winner Ben Southall on Life in Queensland

Unless you were living under a rock, you probably heard about the ‘best job in the world‘ contest launched by the Tourism board of Queensland Australia. It was a media frenzy and has been called one of the biggest PR campaigns in history. But beyond the nuts and bolts of the campaign, I went to the source Ben Southall to ask him about his experience in Queensland and find out some secrets for the best things to do in Queensland. Here’s what Ben had to say.

Have you travelled much prior to your winning the best job in the world? What were your favourite places?

Fly Downunder to Queensland - The Best Job in the World inspires envy

As these dark recessionary times force us to put in longer hours and juggle increased workloads, I can't be alone in fantasising about throwing it all away to live on a beach somewhere.

Which is why one new television series makes such compelling viewing. The Best Job In The World, airing this month on Nat Geo Adventure, follows the life of one adventurer who got paid A$150,000 (Dh454,065) plus accommodation, to spend six months lounging on an island in the Great Barrier Reef.

Kayak Expedition

Three kayakers from Brisbane have embarked on a three week kayak expedition from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon! Paul Wilton, Garry Forrest and Eddie Safarik left Urangan on Sunday 25 July and spent two nights paddling up to Sandy Cape. Their kayaks are fully stocked with food and camping gear, enough for three weeks.

PROJECT MANTA – JUNE UPDATE

Manta rays database

We are delighted to see that the word is being passed on and more and more people are getting involved in this project. We have received many great photos of mantas which have provided us with great information! At the moment the database count stands at 377 mantas, with 161 having been resighted at least once, and still many photos to go through!

Movements

Lady Elliot Island a Destination for all Adventurers

Between the 20th and 22nd of May 2010 I visited (for the 3rd time!!) Lady Elliot Island on my Yr 12 Marine Studies camp (and as a serial visitor of Lady Elliot, I can tell you it only gets better and better!). Throughout my stay, my class and I encountered lots of marine life including a Shovel Nosed Shark, Green Turtles, Angel Fish, Clown Fish, Sea Cucumbers, White-Tipped Reef Sharks and an array of beautiful Corals. Not leaving all the excitement for underwater we also saw numerous birds including the Red-Tailed Tropic Bird.

Research Summary

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia - The manta ray, Manta birostris, is the world's largest ray, with a disc width of up to seven metres. It is an iconic species found in all the world's oceans. As a harmless giant it attracts considerable interest from the general public and is the subject of commercial dive-tourism industries worth millions of dollars. Manta rays are also targeted for fisheries in some parts of the world.

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