Lady Elliot Island, the first island of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, is a coral cay. It is one of the world's top diving and snorkelling sites and just 80km off Bundaberg. It has been blessed with a rich marine eco-system of a multitude of birdlife, reef fish, turtles between November and February, humpback whales from June to October and the giant kites of the sea, the manta ray.
The clear tropical waters allow up to 25 metres visibility so whether snorkelling, diving or in a glass bottom boat, the brilliant colours of marine life can be enjoyed to the maximum.
There are daily nature walks around Lady Elliot. The itinerary changes every day to highlight the wonders of the beach and lagoon, bird rookery, lighthouse and historical artefacts from the days of guano miners. A multitude of reef fish appear at the fish pool every day, and you will be shown the correct way to hand feed them.
At low tide, you can venture through the lagoon from the beach to the reef edge. There you will discover the complexities of the reef eco-system.
So precious is this area, just 105 people can stay at any one time, but if you are holidaying on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or are in Brisbane and fancy doing something different, call Seair and join them on a day trip. They fly Cessna Caravans, Britten-Normal Islanders and Twin Otters.
They will fly you to Lady Elliot and back for a most memorable day. Tours begin early in the morning and you fly north along the spectacular Queensland coastline to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's seven natural wonders.
You step right off the beach and snorkel, swim and dive, coming face-to-face with turtles, shipwrecks, colourful coral and fish and manta rays, just metres from the island's fringing reef and coral lagoon.
On the beaches you will see loggerhead and green turtles, nesting in the dunes, and there are something like 50,000 seabirds made up of 57 species.
A buffet lunch is served salads, prawns, cold meats, soft drinks, tea and coffee and you arrive back at around 4pm after another scenic flight.