Turtle Nesting In Full Swing On Lady Elliot Island


Despite the floods and wet weather affecting many areas of Queensland, Lady Elliot Island is enjoying exceptional weather with crystal clear water and excellent visibility! 

Lady Elliot Island is situated at the Southern end of The Great Barrier ReefExperience the wonders of the turtle nesting season on Lady Elliot Island, which is having a bumper season with over 300 nests around the island! The official turtle hatchling season on Lady Elliot Island runs from February through to April when the Green and Loggerhead turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests around the island and make their journey to the ocean. The hatchlings usually emerge from the nest after sunset using the moon to direct them to the sea.

Flights to/from Lady Elliot Island are still operating as normal with departures from the Gold Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe Airport), Maroochydore, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg. 

Virgin Blue fly direct from Sydney to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast. QantasLink operate flights from Brisbane to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast & Bundaberg. Flights arriving and departing from Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast Airport remain fully operational and have been unaffected by the rain. Interstate visitors can access Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast via flights from all major capital cities via Sydney or Brisbane with Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Qantas. 

Lady Elliot is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. Guests can tour the reef in a glass bottom boat, snorkel to explore the wonders of the reef, learn to scuba dive, take a guided reef walk, enjoy a range of guided activities, stroll along a deserted beach or simply relax and unwind. 

Lady Elliot Island is the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy a unique unpretentious island with fun for all the family. Step off the beach and swim, snorkel or dive in an underwater world of brilliantly coloured marine life, the islands coral lagoon is a perfect classroom for beginners. With exceptionally clear water year round, visitors will discover the wonders of this marine national park and they might even encounter turtles, dolphins and our resident Manta Rays. 

Lady Elliot Island boasts a spectacular nature calendar: 

  • November - February Green and loggerhead turtles nest on the island where they were born more than 50 years ago 
  • February - April Experience the wonders of the baby turtles emerging from their nests and make their way to the sea. 
  • October - April Lady Elliot Island is one of the most significant seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef 
  • July - October Keep an eye out for the majestic humpback whales as they migrate past the island 

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort Management is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef, with a  goal to work in harmony with nature for the benefit of future generations. The resort has introduced a range of environmental best practice measures including installation of a hybrid solar power station to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions on the island.

Enjoy a day trip or stay for a few days to explore this amazing marine ecosystem. Scenic flights to Lady Elliot Island depart daily from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast, Maroochydore, Brisbane (Redcliffe) or Coolangatta.


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