If you believe that every island resort is expensive and out of your range, then think again and consider coming to Lady Elliot Island Resort. This is the southern most island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia and expert divers say it is also the best diving destination. Lady Elliot Island is a special place. In the past it was devastated by Guano mining and all the natural vegetation was destroyed. Goats roamed the island and ate anything that grew. An important lighthouse was built here and it guided mariners through the first part of the shipping channel through the inside of the reef system.
The Island was purchased by a local business man, Don Adams, who set about restoring the island to its natural state. This objective was achieved and a small resort was built on the island for divers and nature lovers who wanted to visit. The island is an important seabird rookery and many rare seabirds return here every year to breed. Several different species of turtles also breed on Lady Elliot Island and they can often be seen laying eggs on the beach or tiny hatchlings trying to find their way to the water. The Great Barrier Reef is right under your feet and water clarity here is always excellent so this is a fantastic place for diving and snorkeling. The island generates all of its own power using a modern solar system and water is provided to the resort by a desalination system.
The accommodation at Lady Elliot Island is two and a half star, but always clean and tidy. It ranges from permanent tent cabins through to free standing cabins set on the beachfront. There is a restaurant, a reef interpretative center and a dive shop. Qualified dive instructors and dive masters are available and all equipment can be hired on the island. The island also has a swimming pool and other necessary resort activities and equipment.
Access to the island is by air and regular flights come to the island daily from Hervey Bay or Bundaberg airports. A day tour to Lady Elliot Island is also available.