Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Hi travel junkies! This remarkable coral cay belong to all of us, whilst here you will experience why it is special and learn how you can help protect the marine environment for the future.
Lady Elliot Island is an inspiring example of marine management, protection and on-ground sustainability combining to help keep this special place pristine and healthy.
So, here are 13 things to know before you go to Lady Elliot Island:
01. Lady Elliot Island is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, 80klms north east of Bundaberg (north of Fraser Island). The island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. Situated in a tidal lagoon and surrounded by a vast reef of living coral, the island is a rainbow of colours, from the surrounding turquoise and azure waters to the stunning white coral beaches and lush green vegetation.
02. A declared “Marine National Park (Green) Zone”, Lady Elliot is one of the few islands where you will see live coral and abundant bird and marine life at every level. Popular with visitors of all ages, it’s little wonder that Lady Elliot is renowned as a nature lover’s paradise.
03. Given Lady Elliot’s status as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations in the world, exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the main activities on the island. Step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive to explore an underwater world of brilliantly coloured marine life, or simply relax and soak in the tranquil island atmosphere.
Tour the reef in a glass-bottom boat, learn to snorkel or scuba dive, take a guided reef walk or stroll along a deserted beach. With exceptionally clear water year round, travel junkies may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral and fish as well as the giant manta rays that are synonymous with Lady Elliot Island. Those visiting the island during the right season may experience the wonders of turtles nesting or hatchlings emerging from the sand, birds nesting, or the blow and breech of the migrating humpback whales .
A range of guided tours provide fascinating insights into what has made Lady Elliot the beautiful island it is today. And for those in search of games to pass the day away, the eco-resort offers volleyball, soccer, pitch ‘n putt golf, boules or pétanque, table tennis and a pool table. After a day’s adventure on the reef, wind down and enjoy a delicious meal in the Beachfront dining room or café, or drinks at the lagoon bar, while taking in the magical ocean views (full buffet breakfast, dinner and guided activities are included in the overnight tariff). Reef Rangers Club (5-12 years) operates during QLD and NSW public school holidays, a one off registration fee applies.
04. Five key selling points
4a). Great Barrier Reef location – closest Barrier Reef island to all southern capitals
4b). Nature and ecology – declared “Marine National Park (Green) Zone” – one of the most pristine and untouched sections of the Great Barrier Reef
4c). World-class diving and snorkelling straight off the beach
4d). Uncrowded – visitor numbers limited to a maximum of 150 at any one time, including overnight and day guests
4e). Three-star eco-resort – Basic but comfortable accommodation
05. Styles of Accommodation
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers a range of comfortable accommodation options, with each suite, unit, room and cabin designed to minimise impact on the island while enriching guests’ experience of the environment and seasonal wildlife.
06. 2 Bedroom Island Suites (5)
Offering absolute beach frontage, the spacious two-bedroom suites accommodate up to four people and features a separate air-conditioned lounge room and private bathroom. The suites have a private balcony with lagoon views over Sunrise Beach. Each suite has a mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave.
07. Reef Units (13) and Garden Units (11)
Arranged in blocks of three, the Reef & Garden Units are ideal for couples or families, offering either queen beds or a combination of a queen and bunk-style beds. Each unit is slightly elevated, featuring polished timber floors, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony with to make the most of the views. The Reef Units are less than 10 metres from Sunrise Beach and Garden Units within 20 to 30 metres walk to the beach. The units are fan cooled and have a mini fridge and tea & coffee making facilities.
08. Eco Cabins (12)
Situated within 20 to 30 metres of Sunrise Beach, the Eco Cabins are roomy, permanent safari-style tents with polished wooden floors and shared bathroom facilities. Each hut caters to four people with two sets of double bunk single beds. Electric lighting and power points are available in every cabin as well as a freestanding fan. A small entry patio is furnished with chairs and table for added relaxation.
09. Destination highlights
9a). World-class snorkelling and diving (visibility is over 30 metres for most of the year)
9b). Renowned Severance wreck dive
9c). Nature and ecology: In season, watch green and loggerhead turtles laying their eggs or baby hatchlings emerging from their nests, plus humpback whale encounters
9d). Beachcombing, reef walking and other guided eco tours
9e). Resident population of over 40 giant manta rays
9f). Hybrid Solar Power Station
10. Great Barrier Reef access
10a). Snorkelling straight off the beach or via a short boat ride to variety of reef sites
10b). 18 World Class dive sites
10c). PADI Introductory, open water and advanced dive courses
10d). Night dives (tide/weather dependent)
10e). Glass-bottom boat/snorkel tours
10f). Night glass bottom boat tours (tide/weather dependent)
10g). Reef walks (tide dependent)
11. Key Dates to Remember
11a). Nov – Feb, Turtle nesting
11b). Feb – Apr, Turtle hatching
11c). Oct – Apr, Bird season
11d). Jun – Oct, Whale season
12. Regular flights are available from Sydney, Brisbane and other major Australian cities to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg. Seair Pacific operates connecting flights (approx. 40 minutes) from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg to Lady Elliot Island daily. Flights are available direct to Lady Elliot from Brisbane (Redcliffe Airport) and Gold Coast (Coolangatta).
Queensland Rail offers regular services between Brisbane and Hervey Bay or Bundaberg enabling access to Lady Elliot Island. Hervey Bay is located approximately 3.5 hours drive north of Brisbane and 2.5 hours north of the Sunshine Coast, via the Bruce Highway.
13. For more information about Lady Elliot Island, visit ladyelliot.com.au.
Happy Sustainable Travels!