Due to the abundant bird life,
over the centuries their droppings had covered the island with ‘guano’ (a source
of fertiliser) to a depth of more than two metres. In 1863 a mining lease was
granted over the entire island to Mr J Askunas. By 1873 the island had been
stripped of all its guano and most of its vegetation.
Also in 1873, a
lighthouse and a lighthouse keeper’s cottage was built and it still stands on
beach to the west of the airstrip.
In 1969, Don Adams, a businessman and
conservationist, built an airstrip on the island. He then killed all the feral
goats on the island and began a revegetation program. In 1985 a lease for a
low-key resort was granted. Today you can enjoy ‘reef’ experience’ with that
includes snorkelling, scuba diving, reef walking and swimming.
activities include: bird watching - black-napped terns, crested terns, brown
boobies, black noddies, buff-banded rails, reef egrets, oyster-catchers,
plovers, godwits and gulls. Whale watching is between June to October as they
migrate north. Turtles use the island to nest during November to February. See
the amazing coral spawning during November and December.
about 80 km north-east of Bundaberg
off the Queensland coast.
Access: drive to Hervey Bay
or Bundaberg and connect with daily Seair flights to Lady Elliot Island. There
are also regional airline flights to Hervey Bay and Bundaberg that can connect
with your charter.
Population: Resort has capacity for 120 (plus day trippers) - 49 units
and suites, tents and lodges
In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.