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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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Eco tourism told to plan long term.

Australia's eco-tourism operators need to think ahead more than one or two generations if they want their industry to survive far into the future.

That's the message from Peter Gash, managing director of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, who says his experience on the Barrier Reef island proves the point.

"Mining and farming are all great things for our country, but tourism is our sustainable industry. It won't be here just for 50 years or 100 years but potentially for 500 years and more," he told AAP on Tuesday.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort- founding member of Eco Lodges of Australia

Noosa Australia (October 25, 2010) – Fourteen of Australia’s leading independent ECO tourism properties have joined a new marketing group, Eco Lodges of Australia which was launched today at the Global ECO Asia Pacific Conference in Noosa.

As a founding member Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort are proud to have joined this collection of independent ECO lodges and camps offering the ECO conscious traveller responsible, ethical and sustainable ECO experiences in Australia’s most inspiring and extraordinary natural locations.

Enviromental Tourism Award

The Ocean Blue 2010 Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism Awards for Excellence was held on Saturday 16th October at The Bayswater Hotel, Hervey Bay. According to Anne Niota, Chairman of FCSB Tourism, 'outstanding contributions made by businesses and individuals in the tourism industry are recognised and duly awarded' at the Tourism Awards.

Tourism Awards

The annual Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism Awards for Excellence are more than just a great way to get your business the recognition it deserves. However, the Awards are more than a means of gaining acclaim that could give your promotional activity an edge.

The Awards encourage every member to analyse their business operations and take pride in their product or service. With every nominee receiving comprehensive feedback from the judging panel, the Awards help ensure our tourism industry as a whole is continually striving to serve its visitors better.

Perry wins Gardiner award

WINNING the most prestigious accolade of this year's tourism awards in Hervey Bay on Saturday night has put a spring in Jill Perry's step.

I'm flabbergasted,” she said. “I thought you had to be older to win an award like that.

After being in business for 24 years and nearing her 50th birthday, the whale watch operator was feeling quite young yesterday after being awarded the John Craig Gardiner Memorial Award for her passion and long-term commitment to tourism.

Splash and Tickle

'Scissor-kick off the boat, grab the mooring line and swim towards the bottom. The manta rays should be around the first bommie on the left. The instructions I'm given for diving in Lady Elliot Island's waters are self-evident. I can see 30 metres under water, where the shape of a large ray is outlined against white sand.

Whale song and winged angels

To arrive at a remote coral cay at the precise time of a lunar eclipse is notably auspicious, but to learn that the annual humpback whale migration has just begun and that the Project Manta Ray research team is working on the island is doubly so and full of promise.

My timely arrival on Lady Elliot Island, off the Fraser Coast north of Brisbane, is one of those cherished moments that tear through the fabric of the everyday and resonate in the memory.

Case Study 1 - Lady Elliot Island

The Lady Elliot Barrier Reef Eco Island in 2008 depended entirely on an old reverse osmosis plant for drinking water. While the quality of the water was fine, the reverse osmosis plant required a lot of energy to run. In 2008 energy on this island was produced by generators, using around 500 litres of diesel per day. To reduce the power consumption the Management of resort agreed with Danfoss to test the first prototypes of the WaterCube2.

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