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This unpretentious 41-room resort strives to offer a genuine eco-tourism experience by providing natural encounters both above and below the water and delivering engaging and educational activities.  

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort dates from 1984 when a series of prefabricated buildings was brought to the island; these same buildings are still in use today and offer a range of comfortable accommodation options. Each simple but comfortable room is designed to minimise environmental impact and offers everything you might need – although in keeping with the resort’s eco-credentials there is no telephone, TV or radio. There is no mobile phone signal, but satellite facilities are available.

24 elevated, fan-cooled rooms arranged in blocks of three are ideal for couples or families – with two queen beds or one queen plus bunk beds – and feature polished wooden floors, en suite bathroom, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a balcony with either ocean or garden view. Another 12 roomy, permanent safari-style tents with wooden floors and shared bathrooms accommodate four people in two sets of single bunk beds, with electric lighting and a freestanding fan. Five two-bedroom beachfront suites accommodate up to four people, with a separate air-conditioned lounge, private bathroom, private balcony with lagoon view, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities and a microwave oven.

The included breakfast and buffet dinner are served in the beachfront dining room, which also offers a buffet lunch; alternatively light meals or snacks are available from the café. The bar overlooks the Great Barrier Reef of Australia's Nature Coast and has magical views from the deck. Facilities include an air-conditioned lounge with table football, books and movies, a saltwater pool, beach volleyball court, table tennis, pool table, children's playground with slides and climbing equipment, small gift shop, WiFi hotspot with a computer for internet access, guest laundry, safe deposit facility and luggage storage.

The Reef Education Centre has informative displays, fact sheets and educational videos about the Great Barrier Reef, and the Activities Office can provide board games, reference books, DVDs, binoculars, torches, children’s toys and handicrafts. The PADI dive shop has snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge, plus dive gear for hire; a range of PADI-certified courses is available. One glass-bottomed boat trip or guided snorkel tour is included in your stay.

Pure desalinated seawater with no additives is available free of charge and guests are recommended to use refillable bottles. No bottled drinking water has been sold since 2012 as part of the resort’s commitment to reducing waste and carbon emissions. 

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Wildlife of Australia’s Nature Coast

Enjoy Queensland’s unique wildlife on this tailor-made itinerary. Fraser Island is home to dingos, dugongs, turtles, mangrove swamps and many migratory birds, Kondalilla National Park boasts wallabies, possums and birdlife, and on the Great Barrier Reef Lady Elliot Island offers marine biodiversity.

  • When to go: Aug-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Lady Elliot Island

This coral cay lies at the southern tip of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef, roughly 80 kilometres northeast of Bundaberg and between Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island. It is the closest Great Barrier Reef island to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital.

  • Where: Southern Queensland
  • Ideal for viewing: whaleshark, manta ray, brown booby, green turtle, red-tailed tropicbird
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Whale watching, Dolphin watching

Great Barrier Reef

The world's largest coral reef system of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands covers an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The biggest single structure made by living organisms is composed of, and built by, billions of tiny coral polyps and is easily discernable from space.

  • Where: Queensland / East Coast
  • Ideal for viewing: dugong, green turtle, saltwater crocodile, white-bellied sea eagle, roseate tern
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises