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.
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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A major new marketing initiative promoting the beauty and accessibility of the Southern Great Barrier Reef will roll out this month in a bid to entice more South East Queenslanders to travel to the region. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said for the first time the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Capricorn tourism regions had partnered in a domestic tourism campaign to collectively promote the area as the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Lady Elliot is the first island on the Great Barrier Reef to eliminate selling bottled water at the Resort in what is another step forward in reducing their environmental footprint. Reusable bottles are available for purchase on the island (from $3.95) and ca be filled from drinking fountains located around the resort or from taps in their rooms. The water produced on the island is pure desalinated seawater with no additives.
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Over 300 of the region’s best tourism operators saw Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort take out the Environmental Tourism Award for the third year in a row at the Fraser Coast Tourism Awards held at Hervey Bay RSL.
The Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey and the Great South East presenter Sofie Formica looked on as Peter Gash, Managing Director of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort took to the stage to collect the award, his passion evident when giving his speech.
Following the recent success of launching the first jet powered outboard motor on the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island has imported an additional two sets of Mercury jet pumps from the US to be installed on the island’s dive and snorkel vessels in what is another fantastic environmental step towards protecting the reef surrounding the island.
My husband, 15-year-old son and I are travelling to Queensland in June. We will be visiting Hervey Bay as part of our trip and staying a few days at Lady Elliot Island. I'd appreciate some advice on what clothes/gear to take for the expected weather/temperature conditions and activities, as there is a 10kg weight limit for travelling to the island. - Caro Lai
Lonely Planet's Sarah Bennett and Lee Slater write:
In a worldwide first, millions of people around the globe can visit the Great Barrier Reef and take a virtual dive around Lady Elliot Island via the Street View feature on Google Maps. The Catlin Seaview Survey, a series of scientific expeditions to explore and survey the world's coral reefs, has established a global partnership with Google. The survey team used custom designed technology and the world’s first underwater tablet-operated camera to collect 360 degree panoramic imagery on the survey team’s second pilot expedition to Lady Elliot Island in May 2012.
GOOGLE Street View has gone off road and underwater mapping parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
From today you can dive parts of the World Heritage-listed marine park from your desk at work thanks to a team of scientists who have created a specially designed underwater camera capable of capturing 360-degree images of the Reef.
The project to map the reef is part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, launched at Monterey, California today.