The Island, a coral cay, is nestled in the southern part of the Great Barrier reef which is only accessible by light aircraft (have I ever mentioned that I don’t really like to fly especially in incy wincy tiny aircraft!!) from the mainland. The Island is a haven for manta rays and marine life.
Here are some of my favourite reasons as to why you should visit the Great Barrier Reef and Lady Elliot Island Eco resort.
- The Great Barrier Reef !
- Glass bottom boat
- Family friendly eco – resort
- Some of the best snorkelling / diving for Turtles Manta ray
- Scuba diving
- Guided reef walking tours – great for the kids
- Day trips are possible but would suggest at least an overnight!
The kids were taught in the little pool how to snorkel, which was great, but a follow-up lesson in the actual sea would have been even better – especially as I was by myself with the kids and did not feel strong enough to take my youngest into the water (can’t really put your feet down once into the water, as it is all coral and sea life) – It would have been a better experience had Mr. Techno come along (he is braver than I…but he was stuck at home studying)
I was pretty proud of being able to manage solo with the kids on an adventure and took me out of my comfort zone big time…and the kids had a great time.
Accommodation: Lady Elliot Eco Resort
Eco cabins – Lady Elliot Island
The Island offers various types of accommodation which is a great way to cater to various travel budgets. We opted for the cheapest – Eco cabins which were comfortable however they don’t have private facilities which was a little tricky at times with two kids in tow.
-2 Bedroom Island suites
-Garden Units and Eco cabins (shared bathrooms & toilets)
The nightly rate includes:
- Full buffet dinner and breakfast
- Use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) & snorkel lesson if required
- Glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tour (one per person/stay)
- Range of guided tours and activities
- Environmental Management Charge
Lady Elliot Eco Resort – planes
See Air pacific – small light aircraft only – you can take the flight from the following: Harvey Bay, Bundaberg and the Gold Coast. – 10 kg luggage limit per person. (you book your accommodation and flight package together)
- There is no phone reception (only 1 pay phone )
- Kids should bring their own reef shoes
The Island is covered in birds, which is great however they do leave their mark everywhere and if suffer from ornithophobia (fear of birds – don’t laugh a friend’s child is) don’t go! It is their breeding ground.
A few comments to make about the Resort – too much attention was paid to the day trippers that came in and so they cancelled our ‘free’ glass bottom boat ride so that the day trippers could have the spot – so when we eventually got out on our ride the tide was out and the weather had turned so our experience was pretty poor – Guests also have to pay for lunch, which should be included in the nightly rate as per the breakfast and dinner – because really where else are you going to get something to eat in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef!
The Great Barrier Reef is under immense pressure from the coal mining industry and there is a strong movement to help save this unique world heritage – please sign the petition to help save it Save the Reef!
Have you been to the Great Barrier Reef, if so where and what were your highlights?