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.
Climate Action Leader
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has achieved Climate Action Leader certification. This demonstrates the we are undertaking an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting. We are ensuring to measure our carbon footprint and continually working on new innovative sustainable practices to further our journey towards our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020.
GOLD FOR ECOTOURISM
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has won gold in the ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ at the annual Queensland Tourism Awards held on Friday 10th November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
<p>The official blog for Holidays in Queensland have written a blog post with some amazing facts about manta rays.</p>
<p><a href="http://blog.queensland.com/2013/08/07/10-amazing-facts-about-manta-rays-..." target="_blank">Click here to read the post.</a></p>
A great article on CentralTelegraph.com.au
<a href="http://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/news/lady-elliot-island-magic-natural..."> Click here to read it. </a>
A great article on www.abc.net.au.
<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-09/sea-life-abundant-off-lady-elliot-..."> Click here to read it. </a>
<p>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.
<p>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: