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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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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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Miami, Cancun, Brisbane.........next stop: Lady Elliot Island?

On Saturday June 4th 2011, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort will welcome the world's largest solar boat, MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, which is circumnavigating the globe on the first round-the-world trip powered by solar energy.

The solar catamaran departed Brisbane on June 2nd and will make a special stopover at our tiny coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, as it continues its voyage up the Queensland coastline towards Cairns.

I loved my week back in '83 :)

I have been going through some very old photos and scanning them into my computer. I came across some from my holiday on Lady Elliot in 1983 and thought you might find them interesting. Having seen your web site, it is all VERY VERY different and up-market now.

Letter from David Ireland

Over the last 20 years of filming Wildlife Man TV series for Discovery Channel and over 30 other networks around the world, I find myself once again back at Lady Elliot Island. This time I'm filming the first episode of my new "Wildlife Man 3D".

The reason I make so many expeditions to Lady Elliot is the because of the amazing diving and diversity of marine life. Having dived so many locations around the world, I rate the island as arguably the best! No other place I have ever managed to gain such close up photography of such a huge diversity of life.

Field trip at Lady Elliot Island: The feeding frenzy!

We had another wonderful field trip at LEI with our Earthwatch volunteers. This trip was not only productive but also very fun. It is always great to meet amazing people that are so keen to learn and help research. This field trip was marked by the fanatic feeding behaviour displayed by the mantas. In fact, only a couple of manta rays were encountered cleaning at the popular dive sites while the others were almost constantly feeding at the surface (feeding on plankton).

PART 1: Filming on Lady Elliot Island for the Best Expedition in the World

In preparation for the Best Expedition in the World which starts at the end of May, (less than 11 weeks away) I’ve been chasing sponsors, planning itineraries, training on the Brisbane River and now building my Hobie Mirage kayak and getting it ready for the 1600km challenge that lies ahead.

PART 2: Filming on Lady Elliot Island for the Best Expedition in the World

A really early morning start in Brisbane saw Sophee and I drive down to the Gold Coast and our flight headed straight up into the dark clouds and rain, our light plane being buffeted around by the squally conditions. We’d managed to load the four metre kayak into the plane along with the camera gear and people we’d need to make this event happen; some first time visitors to the island, others have been before and fallen in love with the place.

German media group fascinated about current weather

A German media group (6 journos) exploring the Gold Coast and Southern GBR region at the moment. We have perfect weather and we have seen just great nature conditions – esp. on Lady Elliot Island (where we have been today). The water was absolutely clear and the beaches sooooo clean. On the flight from OOL to LEI we have seen the coastline (GC, SC, Moreton Island, Fraser Island, etc) – we all expected much worst conditions and pollution. NO: The water and the beaches looked pretty good (for a first time visitor it looked normal)!

Open for business!

Despite the floods and wet weather affecting many areas of Queensland, Lady Elliot Island is enjoying exceptional weather with crystal clear water and excellent visibility! Flights to/from Lady Elliot Island are still operating as normal with departures from the Gold Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe Airport), Maroochydore, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

Lady Elliot Island EXTREME field trip with Earthwatch

We have just come back from one of our field trip at beautiful Lady Elliot Island, although the weather conditions made this trip pretty extreme, we had a very good time and are delighted to have met seven new Earthwatch volunteers, Adele, Lea-Anne, Aki, Laura, Corrinne, Brad and Sophie. Your help was invaluable during this trip, and we got so much work done. Also a big thank you to Richard, the Earthwatch coordinator who always add this little bit of extra fun and support.

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