Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse, Lady Elliot Island

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Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The island lies 46nmi north-east of Bundaberg and covers an area of approximately 45ha. 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.The island is particularly renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling, as its location far offshore at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef results in excellent water clarity.FloraThe island is a vegetated shingle cay, which is uncommon. Typically these type of cays are too narrow to retain freshwater or too mobile for vegetation to take hold. Pisonia grandis grew naturally on the island. Guano mining almost completely destroyed the tree population, with only eight of the original trees surviving.
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  • this Island is amazing, if you want do some amazing snorkeling or diving. great for kids lots of interesting fishes and extremely safe island. you can walk the entire island in 30 minutes. The resort ...  more »
  • Well maintained but now only an attraction as the trees have outgrown the lighthouse and a new tower has been built for the light.  more »
  • Almost two years to the day we came back to the island, this time bringing the rest of the family of 13- and 11-year-old and their parents. It was wonderful to relive the initial experience of joy and...  more »