Lady Elliot Island

The first island of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is an unpretentious holiday destination, set in an idyllic natural environment, surrounded by a pristine coral lagoon.

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A Maximum of 105 guests are permitted to stay overnight at Lady Elliot Island at one time, protecting the environment and guaranteeing a true getaway for a lucky few.

Lady Elliot is regarded as one of the best snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is easily accessed from the beach and from here you can discover an underwater world of brilliantly coloured species of marine life. The tropical waters allow up to 25 metres of visibility, providing easy viewing of the reef either by Snorkelling, diving or through the glass bottom Boat.

Come face to face with turtles, an amazing array of colourful coral and fish, and meet the giant 'kites of the Sea' - the Manta Rays.

Discover one of the top dive and snorkelling sites in the world. Lady Elliot Island is the first coral cay on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Step off the beach and snorkel, swim or scuba dive in the world's richest marine eco-system.

Diving Snorkelling

Experienced divers and snorkellers can join one of the regular group dives, where our qualified dive staff will take you to their favourite reef sites - swim with the majestic manta rays at the Lighthouse Bommie, drift dive in the late afternoon at Encounters, or explore secret caverns at the Blow Hole and Hiro's Cave. Dive sites are accessed either straight from the beach or via a short boat ride. Visibility regularly exceeds 20 metres, with water temperatures ranging between 18 and 27 degrees Centigrade.

The lagoon area is ideal for novice snorkellers and you'll find enough tropical fish and colourful coral to keep you out there for hours. Snorkelling lessons for beginners are conducted in the pool. More about Lady Elliot dive sites

Resort activities and facilities

Reef Walking

When the tide is low, you can venture all the way through the lagoon from the beach to the reef edge. You'll see a multitude of marine life as our experienced guide introduces you to the complexities of the reef eco-system.

Turtle Watching

From November to February, Green and Loggerhead turtles come ashore at night to nest. Our guides will help you find the best vantage point without disturbing the turtles while they lay their eggs or the tiny hatchlings as they make their way to the water.

Nature Walks

Learn about the unique eco-systems on a coral cay during our guided walks around the island. The itinerary changes every day to highlight the natural wonders of the beach and lagoon, the bird rookery, the lighthouse and the historical artefacts left behind by the guano miners.

Whale Watching

From June to October, the great humpback whales make their annual migration from the Antarctic to the warm waters off the central Queensland coast. You don't need to go out on a boat; just sit and watch the passing parade from the beach or reef edge.

Slide Shows & Evening Lectures

Learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and Lady Elliot Island during our evening presentations in the Reef Education Centre.

Fish Feeding

A multitude of reef fish appear at the "fish pool" everyday, and the activities officer will show you how to hand feed them.

Just for Kids & Other Activities

Most of the activities will appeal to every member of the family but we also have a Junior Reef Rangers Club for youngsters from 5 to 12 years, which runs during Queensland school holidays.

Try your hand at archery, volleyball, badminton, frisbees, ping pong, darts, pool, cards and board games.

Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Glass Bottom Boats, Fish Feeding, Whale Watching (July - October), Turtle Tours (October - April), Guided Reef Walks, Bird watching, Reef Fishing, Reef Education Centre, Bar, Restaurant, Entertainment, Dive Shop, Swimming Pool, Poolside Bar & Bistro, Resort Shop, Children's Playground, Reef Rangers Kids Club (in school holidays), Sports, Conference Area, Library, Public Telephone.


Lady Elliot Island offers you the choice of several different accommodation styles, all of which take full advantage of our unique natural wonders. Get up to date pricing and book rooms with travelOnline

All rooms are fan cooled and there are no televisions, radios or telephones to remind you of the life you've left behind.

Lady Elliot Island Holiday Packages

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