Stayed late July/early August for a week, took a few days to get into the rhythm of the place, but didn't want to leave by the end of our stay. Family of 5 with 3 teenage kids, we stayed in eco huts, which are noisy in the wind, and very basic - if not a bit scruffy. But so glad we made that choice, as walking to the loo block (also a bit scruffy, but scrupulously clean...so who cares?) at night is an experience in itself, seeing the stars, listening to the waves. My husband rightly pointed out that 3 adolescents with jet lag need a reason to get outside! At first we thought LEI was overpriced, but then you realise that everything has to be brought in, the restrictions on the place are huge and the leaseholders (who run the resort) do seem to be trying to bring the island back to its former natural glory. In fact the (incredibly helpful and friendly) staff are almost zealous in explaining how the de-salination works, how the tree planting is going, what an amazing marvel the Barrier Reef is. Basically, relax, eat like a pig, go exploring - there is nowhere to get lost, do the activities on offer (even the coconut bowling got my 16 year old son howling with laughter), and get in the sea. If you've never snorkelled (like me) and don't see what the fuss is about, you will understand by the time you leave. Best thing? floating underwater listening to distant whale song in the big blue. Go in the Australian winter - we were told September is good to - it may be a bit cool, but the visibility (sea) is good, and you get the whales. Oh yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lady Elliot is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, north of Fraser Island. The island is regarded as one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life including turtles and manta rays. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort provides a range of low key accommodation options ranging from 2BR Island Suites to Eco Cabins for those on a budget. The overnight rate includes: Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily; One free glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tour per person; Free use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins); Range of free guided Island activities/tours; and Environmental Management Charge. Scenic flights depart daily from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe) and Coolangatta. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lady Elliot Island Eco Hotel Lady Elliot Island