Lady Elliot Island Travel Video Guide, Great Barrier Reef Queensland

Lady Elliot Island – Travel Video Guide – Great Barrier Reef Queensland

Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The island lies 46 nautical miles north-east of Bundaberg and covers an area of approximately 45 hectares. It is part of the Capricorn and Bunker Group of islands and is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia.

It has two claims to fame: it is the southernmost inhabited island on the reef and the only coral cay to have a proper airport. The island, which is part of the Capricorn Bunker Group, is known as a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life. Visitors can expect to see manta rays (the resort calls itself the “home of the manta ray”), turtles and impossibly rich bird and marine life.

In this video, we visited Lady Elliot Island, one of only three island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and the only resort with direct flight access to the island airstrip.

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The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA. Lady Elliot is an island teeming with life and live corals, famous for a resident population of 40 Manta Rays which form the iconic logo of the island.

We toured the reef in a glass-bottomed boat, scuba dived, and did plenty of snorkelling. With exceptionally clear water year-round, you may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays. If you are there for the right season you may see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales blow and breech.

We hope you enjoyed this video titled Lady Elliot Island Travel Video Guide, Great Barrier Reef Queensland. Though our video guides are designed to provide further insight into what it might be like to live in the state of Queensland, we’re hopeful that this video will also help you to choose places to visit (or even call home) when living in Australia.

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  1. I lived on Lady Elliott Island for a short time in the mid 60s, my dad was a lighthouse keeper, 3 famillies lived there, I was 6 years old, we lived in house with the ghost, i Loved it, and look forward to revisiting soon :-)

  2. It is the most amazing place to go snorkelling! The turtles swim right up to you and the marine life is so beautiful. There is even a lagoon you can snorkel in at high tide in front of the resort. That is where the turtles come right up to you.
    Hopefully you get a chance to snorkel here – it is the best :)

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