Tourism Queensland's Sustainable Regions Program Update - Southern Great Barrier Reef

Located on an offshore island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is required to operate with minimal impact on the environment. Their sustainability journey has, however, taken them beyond what is required to what contributes to the sustainability of the island and beyond and to what makes sense economically.

A remote island, Lady Elliot Island is located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The island boasts an array of wildlife including dolphins, turtles, a large variety of coral, fish and a resident population of more than 40 manta rays as well as up to 200 000 birds in season. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is one of only three island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef and is located within the highest possible protection zone of
the Marine Park.

Established in 1984 using prefabricated buildings, the eco resort has undergone a series of transformations to improve the visitor experience while at the same time reducing its footprint on the island and its surrounds. This case study showcases the recent progress that Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has made to become leaders in the field of sustainability. It also addresses challenges faced as a way of sharing the lessons learned along the way.

Want to holiday on the Great Barrier Reef but keep a clear environmental conscience? As this new case study prepared by Tourism Queensland illustrates, Lady Elliot Island is leading the way for Queensland tourism operators in responding to the threat of climate change and the need for sustainable tourism practices. Click on the following link to view the case study