Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

Lady Elliot Island is the southern-most island of the Great Barrier Reef. It houses a small air strip used by 13 seater turboprop aircraft carrying passengers from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.  Lady Elliot Island is one of only three island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and the only resort with direct flight access to the island airstrip.

Although scuba diving is an option and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers scuba diving classes for beginners, snorkelling will allow you to experience almost as much as scuba diving here. Another activity is reef walking here, when the tide is low, you can simply walk all the way through the lagoon from the beach to the reef edge. This will allow you to see a multitude of marine life. And of course you can swim at any time in the turquoise waters of Great Barrier Reef.

The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA , and only 150 overnight guests are permitted at one time but the number of visitors are usually much less.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has four different styles of accommodation: Eco Cabins, Shearwater Rooms, Reef Rooms and Island Suites. The Island Suites are one and two bedroom air conditioned beachfront units. These have a separate bedroom and lounge area. They include tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, and a private bathroom.

Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island
The island is a prime dive location and offers a lot for scuba divers such as countless number of species. Manta rays, jellyfish, turtles and monster clams are common creatures you will come across during diving, and sometimes you can see sharks, barracuda and nautilus. Between May and October, you have chance to see whales.

Singapore Airlines and Qantas flies directly to Brisbane Australia and from Brisbane you can take QantasLink to Bundaberg. From this sleepy town, you can take flights operated by Seair directly to the island (262 AUD per adult).

You can see more photos of this location which offers an up close experience with Australia’s extraordinary Great Barrier Reef here at Up Close and Personal with the Great Barrier Reef.

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