Lady Elliot Island
Surrounded by a gorgeous white-coral beach and a wide, shallow lagoon teeming with colourful marine life, Lady Elliot Island is renowned for its unrivalled water clarity, offering exceptional reef walking, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Swim among colourful corals and fish, clams, sponges, urchins and anemones and look out for the resident population of 40 manta rays.
In addition, this 42ha coral cay offers bird, turtle and whale watching opportunities. Watch green and loggerhead turtles nest on the beach from November to March and then eight weeks later, from January to April, see young hatchlings leave their nests and head towards the sea in one of the world’s most important sea turtle habitats.
Listen to whale songs under the water while swimming around the island between June and September when humpback whales return to breed in the island’s waters.
And try to spot some of the more than 50 species of seabirds and wading birds that inhabit the island, including black noddies, eastern reef egrets, red-tailed tropic birds and wedge-tailed shearwaters. During the summer breeding season, more than 100,000 noisy birds call the island’s grassy plains home.
Unwind in comfort at the exclusive, eco-friendly Lady Elliot Island Resort, which guarantees a maximum of only 105 overnight guests at any one time to ensure a true romantic getaway holiday escape.
Getting there – Lady Elliot Island is located 80km northeast off the coast of Bundaberg, a 30-minute flight from Bundaberg or Hervey Bay.
Lady Elliot Island is one of only six island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef and one of only three with direct flight access to the island airstrip.