The most southern island of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot is located 450 kms north of Gold Coast, 90 km's north of Hervey Bay. This tour offers clients an excellent opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef, if time is at a premium.
|Start||Gold Coast @ 06.00 am|
|Finish||Gold Coast @ 05.30 pm|
Lady Elliot Island charter Seair Pacific to operate the one of a kind Great Barrier Reef Day Tour from Gold Coast (Coolangatta) and Brisbane (Redcliffe)*.
Lady Elliot Island is located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, north of Fraser Island. The Island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations in Australia and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life
The day begins with a courtesy pickup from Gold Coast or Brisbane hotels at approximately 6.00am. We take to the air for a 90+ minute scenic coastal flight to Lady Elliot Island, a true coral cay on the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Upon arrival on Lady Elliot Island, your guide will take you on a brief orientation tour of the island and escort you to the Day Guest facilities to collect your snorkel equipment.You will then join a glass bottom boat & guided snorkel tour to view a large variety of coral and brilliantly coloured fish, with the possibility to encounter turtles, dolphins and the resident manta rays. A hot & cold buffet lunch is served in the restaurant and includes a choice of wine, beer and soft drink. After lunch you may join a guided tour on the island or enjoy the afternoon at leisure and at 2.30pm depart on a scenic flight back to the Gold Coast. The tour concludes at approx. 4.30pm before a return transfer to your hotel. A light breakfast and afternoon tea (bottled water & chocolate) are served inflight.
06:00Transfer from Gold Coast hotel to Airport.
07:00Depart Gold Coast by chartered plane. On route to Lady Elliott Island our flight offers you an excellent opportunity to take in the sights of Moreton Island, Noosa Heads and Fraser Island.
08:30Arrive Lady Elliott Island where you are guaranteed a minimum of 5 hrs to explore the Great Barrier Reef. All snorkelling equipment supplied.
12:30Buffet lunch, including prawns and all beverages.
14:30Depart Lady Elliott Island for Gold Coast
16:00Arrive at The Gold Coast, return transfer to hotel.
17:30Arrive at hotel.About Lady Elliott Island
The southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, this tiny coral cay, a 450 km light-plane flight from the Gold Coast, is a cheerful little eco-resort, home to many tens of thousands of birds, particularly the white-capped noddy, but also at night amazing acapellas can be heard from the wailing, moaning, groaning wedge-tail shearwaters.
Turtles lay eggs which hatch at night on Lady Elliot's beaches, from Nov-March, though they don't exactly swarm and can be difficult to find.
Diving and snorkelling here at the end of the GB reef is good if conditions are calm, otherwise visibility goes down the pan. And since the island is very small and very exposed conditions are rarely calm.
There is a neat but newish little wreck, many good coral bommies and plenty of small sharks, manta and sting rays, turtles, maori wrasse etc.