Lady Elliot Island (Pt 2)

Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay that sits 80k’s off the coast of Bundaberg at the Southern end of The Great Barrier Reef.

It’s a natural haven for an abundance of marine life, and an eco-friendly playground for visitors from all over the world. That’s all thanks to one man’s vision, Peter Gash – a legend in the tourism industry – who considers himself the custodian of this special patch.

Peter and his team have built and revegetated the islands from a once devoid guano mine site. They are dedicated to minimising their carbon footprint and giving back to the environment  – which has won them countless eco-tourism awards. They installed a solar power station, they reduce waste by turning food scraps into compost to grow plants in their own nursery, they revegetate the island with several thousand trees a year and they’re committed to educating guests about the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef.

There are so many ways to explore this underwater paradise – either by snorkelling scuba diving, a reef walk, or the brand new transparent kayaks.

People travel here from all over the world for the life-changing marine encounters – from the renowned Manta Rays to turtles, whales, and an abundance of sea life all thrive in this protected green-zone.

Peter is a passionate advocate for the reef and the environment and he loves sharing that passion with visitors.

You can experience Lady Elliot Island on a day trip which included flights from Redcliffe or the Gold Coast (watch Part One – Great Barrier Reef in a Day here)

…or you can enjoy an extended stay in their eco-accommodation. They have everything from eco-tents, family cabins to brand new glamping tents on the water’s edge.

If you’d like to experience Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort and Peter’s passion for yourself, visit their website and take a brose on

You can find part one of Sofie’s trip to Lady Elliot Island here.

Lady Elliot Island