Uncovering the mystery of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is within a short 40-minute scenic flight from the Fraser Coast to magical Lady Elliot Island.
Experiencing the wonders of healthy coral reef and an abundance of turtles, dolphins, manta rays and reef sharks is as simple as stepping off the beach and into the ocean with an average visibility of 25 metres-plus all year round.
Lady Elliot Island is a 45 hectare coral cay at the southern tip of the reef, 130km north-east of Hervey Bay. The flight over the Fraser Coast, the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island is a mini-adventure in itself. Lady Elliot is in a highly protected Green Zone and is a sanctuary for more than 1200 species of marine life.
Known as the home of the manta ray with more than 1000 recorded in its vicinity, Lady Elliot Island has also been named as one of the top five destinations in the world to scuba dive with manta rays which are more active between May and August but can be seen all year round.
Divers can enjoy the surrounding reef with a fascinating mix of hard and soft corals and more than 18 different dive sites, including wreck dives and a blow hole.