Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's 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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I have a terrible travel habit. Wherever I go to peek under the water, I can’t help but compare that place to Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay on Queensland’s Southern Great Barrier Reef. Why? Lady Elliot consistently rewards visitors with amazing encounters with marine life: manta rays, yes, and especially sea turtles.
We know where we're going but we don't know what we've seen. Is that dark speck on the deep blue ocean land, or the shadow of a cloud passing over the waves?
Within moments we're right above the green bush and gold sand of a tiny, perfectly circular isle. A dozen tourists scrabble for cameras, phones, iPads to snap their first glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef.
I just returned from a 6 day photography workshop on Lady Elliot Island which is located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and I have to say I was blown away. It was a truly incredible experience to learn from the amazing photographers and it has really reinvigorated my love of photography. Read more…
When I saw the name "Lady Elliot Island" on my Queensland 4WD itinerary, I suddenly had the urge to sip tea from a fine porcelain teacup with my little pinkie finger up while reading a Jane Austen novel. What a quaint name for an island!
The world’s largest reef system offers many fantastic areas for encountering manta, but one of the best has to be Lady Elliot Island. Don’t let this small island with a single eco resort and airstrip deter you; it’s renowned for its snorkeling and scuba diving potential (there’s even a PADI dive center there).
What comes to mind when someone utters those three quixotic words: “Great Barrier Reef”? Tropical North Queensland, probably. Cairns, Port Douglas, maybe even Townsville. Airlie Beach, Proserpine and the Whitsundays, of course. Oh, and the Oprah-certified Heart Reef. For most people, it ends there – but the reef most certainly doesn’t.
THERE is only one way to capture the local wildlife in abundance on Lady Elliot Island, and it is through the lens of a camera. The island jewel, forming the most southerly island on the Great Barrier Reef, is the destination for world-renowned photographers at the end of February for Foto Frenzy.