Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The island lies about 46 nautical miles north-east of Bundaberg. The island is particularly renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling, as its location at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef results in excellent water clarity.
Lady Elliot covers an area of approximately 45 hectares (110 acres). It is part of the Capricorn and Bunker Group of islands and is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. The island is home to a small eco resort and an airstrip, which is serviced daily by flights from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Lady Elliot Island is located within the ‘Green Zone’ of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which is the highest possible classification designated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Marine National Park Green Zones protect the biodiversity within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park by protecting important breeding and nursery areas such as seagrass beds, mangrove communities, deepwater shoals and reefs. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has introduced a range of environmental best-practice measures, including construction of a Hybrid Solar Power Station to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions
Some facts about Lady Elliot Island:
- The waters surrounding the island are particularly rich in sea life because of a total ban on fishing or removing anything.
- Lady Elliot Island is a key part of the Great Barrier Reef Turtle habitat. Every year between November and March the green and loggerhead turtles lumber up the same beach on which they were born more than 50 years ago.
- Lady Elliot Island is just north of Hervey Bay, a popular Humpback Whale breeding ground. Whales are common in the waters around the island in the winter and early spring from June to October. Almost daily during the season, whale songs can be heard under the water while swimming around the island.
- Lady Elliot Island has the highest seabird diversity of any island within the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information visit: www.ladyelliot.com.au