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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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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.

EARTH HOUR - Lady Elliot Style!

On March 31st 2007, Australia had its first Earth Hour with more than 2 million Sydney businesses and households turning off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – sending a powerful national and global message that it’s possible to take action on climate change. At 8:30pm on 28th March 2009, Earth Hour once again goes global, with cities and towns around the world taking stand on the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, and millions of people uniting to turn the tide on climate change. Here on Lady Elliot we are not only turning out our lights, we are in fact turning off . . .

Hybrid Power Station Update

The moment we have all been waiting for ….. the construction phase of the new power station. A band of merry men accompanied by Seair's engineering team arrived on island to create an unstoppable force, full of enthusiasm and laughter they combined to create an awesome team focused on the task at hand ….. the construction of the ultimate solar power station, setting the standard, creating history on our little slice of paradise, working together to achieve the goal of reducing our carbon emissions and our overall environmental footprint.

HYBRID SOLAR POWER STATION FOR LADY ELLIOT ISLAND!

Lady Elliot Island Management is very excited to announce our commitment to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions by installing a Hybrid Solar Power Station on the island. The Power Station has been funded through a joint venture between Lady Elliot Island and the Australian Governments Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is located on a remote island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Currently, electricity is produced by three diesel powered generators.

Congratulations to Tanya & Paul!

Paul Hunt & Tanya Brown met on their respective first trips to Lady Elliot Island in 2003. Tanya had heard many wild and wonderful tales of encounters at Lady Elliot Island, from her brothers Martin & Rex who have often frequented these waters over the last decade. So she decided to take the plunge and experience the wonders of the idyllic coral cay for herself! Paul was on a diving trip with his buddy Steve Behan, and luckily (as fate may have it) was driven further north than they had intended to go, due to rough weather.

friends of Nemo

Hi fellow snorkelers, Here’s just a quick blab to show you guys some little friends of mine out on a bommie on the inside of the northern mooring at 2nd reef. Just off Sandy Seconds (as we like to call it). See if you can find these guys. I’ve attached a video to make it easy for you. These guys are commonly known as Red & Black Anemone Fish(Amphiprion melanopus). No they’re not the same as Nemo (clown Anemone Fish, Amphiprion percula) but they are very closely related. Actually there are a number of different species of Anemone Fish that can be found on the Great Barrier Reef.

Manta Movement , call for manta

A few weeks ago, we sent you a call for manta sightings along east Australia as the mantas were not around at North Stradbroke Island for about 2 months in December and January. This is normally the peak aggregation period at this location. Your helpful replies informed us that the mantas seemed to have been in mass numbers around Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island, which is quite unusual for the season. Also few mantas were sighted further south (NSW), when they usually are only sighted in February.

Project Manta updates March 2010

Lady Elliot Island Field trip
Once again, we had an amazing field trip at LEI in early February 2010 with our EarthWatch volunteers. We encountered 25 mantas and identified 18 of them including 6 new individuals.
During this trip we also tested our acoustic receivers placed all around the island using a special acoustic tag (called range test tag). We tested whether the receivers can detect the signal from the acoustic tag continuously over a 24hour period and to what range the receiver can detect the signal (around 500m).

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