Lady Elliot Island is a great place to get away from things, enjoy some terrific snorkeling and diving, relax with walks around the beach, and generally unwind. The cabins have million dollar views - under swaying casuarina trees, with a sparkling blue sky, and a gently crashing surf breaking on the edge of the reef. With a drink in hand from the bar, I could easily sit and waste the days away.
The food is nothing special, although there is a lot of it (included in the tariff). The bar staff are a tad rude, but the beer crystal cold. And the whole resort has a slight run-down, unhurried feel to it, which I rather appreciate. This isn't a fancy, expensive, out-to-impress resort but a low-key place to relax without much of a care.
It is the isolation that makes LEI special. The flight out is part of the experience, as you circle over the island and only just make the end of the runway! The marine life at this end of the Great Barrier Reef is the most diverse and the water is crystal clear. There are only a few day visitors, and they leave early anyway. All-in-all, not having a TV, mobile phone coverage, nor internet adds to the feeling of escape.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Lady Elliot Island Eco Hotel Lady Elliot Island