Lady Elliot Island

Address: Southern Great Barrier Reef, Qld. Accessible only by light aircraft, from Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Phone: 1800 072 200.


Rooms: Room types include Two-Bedroom Beachfront Units, Glamping Tents, Reef Units, Garden Units and Eco Cabins; day guests welcome.

Price: According to official website, from about $415 per double per night.

Outlook: Gorgeous, nearly isolated beach.

Front desk and service: Great.

Wifi: Free and unlimited in some public areas.

Parking: NA.

Pool: Yes, saltwater pool.

Washing: Guest laundry, facilities include irons and boards.

Dining & drinking: There is only one restaurant on Lady Elliot Island, the Beachfront Dining Room offers full buffet dining including a variety of tasty and wholesome dishes. Breakfast and dinner are included in the overnight tariff.  Enjoy the magical views from the Lagoon deck or some quiet dining time on the western deck. Buffet lunch is also available. The air-conditioned Manta Lounge is located at the resort end of the Reef Education Centre and is equipped with a football table, books, novels and movies available for guests to enjoy during their stay. It serves as a guest relaxation area or meeting room which can be configured to suit conferences, weddings, seminars, education groups and other special events.

Entertainment: Activities aplenty, especially water-based; Reef Education Centre and Activites Shed.

Tea- and coffee-making facilities: Yes.

Comfort level: Okay.

Gown/slippers: No.

In-apartment safe: No; should you wish to secure any valuable items, a safe is available in Reception for your convenience.

Bathroom: Adequate.

X-factor: Those who require silver-service dining and a marble-lined bathroom need not apply. Those who enjoy relaxing in a sustainable environment and snorkelling with turtles and rays in clear fish-filled water will love it. This is definitely to be experienced.

Written by John Rozentals