Inside The Great Barrier Reef’s Breathtaking And Eco-Friendly Island Resort

Under the sea

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 5th April 2024

The Little Mermaid might want to be part of our world, but we can honestly say the feeling is mutual. Life underwater is vivid, vibrant, and bustling with beauty, and it’s waiting for you at Lady Elliot Island. 

A scenic flight from Coolangatta or Redcliffe is all it takes to get to the sustainable paradise of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Small in size but packed with enough natural wonder to take your breath away, the World Heritage Listed-site doubles as a coral cay home to over 1,200 species of marine life and pristine reefs. 

With every care taken to preserve the magic of the environment, the eco-resort is family run, powered by the sun, and award-winning – making it the perfect destination to disconnect, literally and figuratively. The custodians of Lady Elliot Island invite curious guests to visit for a day trip or overnight stay, where you can while away your time exploring the island, from the 150-year-old lighthouse to the sun-kissed sands lining its shores.

However, the true highlight of Lady Elliot Island lies at sea. Considered one of the best snorkelling destinations on the reef, the island’s custodians offer daily trips out on a glass-bottom boat so you can experience the unparalleled beauty of the ocean first-hand. Slap on a snorkel and swim amongst turtles, corals, and Lady Elliot Island’s famous manta rays, with over 700 of the magnificent creatures found in the surrounding waters. Extraordinary? That couldn’t be more of an understatement. 

Day trips visitors are treated to scenic return flights, a glass bottom boat/guided snorkelling tour (equipment included), full use of day guest facilities, and a buffet lunch before an afternoon spent at your leisure taking a dip in the ocean or getting amongst the array of activities. Those looking for a longer stay can take their pick from plush yet eco-friendly accommodation, including cabins, resort rooms, glamping tents, and beachfront units. Plus, once you pull yourself away from the underwater scenes, there’s plenty on land to keep you busy like the Lagoon Bar, salt water pool, and relaxing lounges. 

A veritable haven that needs to be experienced to be believed, find out more about Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort and book here.

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By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.




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