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Lady Elliot Island

Where else in the Great Barrier Reef can you walk less than 100 meters out of your door and slip on a snorkel and flippers and be immersed in one of the seven wonders of the world?

Lady Eliot Island is the Southernmost island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is home to nesting turtles, manta rays, migrating whales, resident and visiting bird populations among the natural and abundant reef life.

Brilliantly coloured fish, starfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, anemones, urchins and turtles grazing on outcrops are all unveiled in an instant as you pop your face down into the exceptionally clear lagoon.
This lagoon protects and nurtures the curiosity of beginners (you can stand up on this side and it's only accessible during high tide) while a little further out experienced snorkelers and divers descend to see the coral sea.

It will take your breath away, the colour, variety and sheer abundance of marine life you can get up close and personal with each day and with restricted visitor numbers you have an uncrowded Southern Great Barrier Reef experience.

This island is a coral cay, so make sure you bring some protective footing as the coral will crunch underfoot as you circumnavigate the island exploring its bird habitat and native flora. Watch the sunset over the ocean where you feel miles away from civilisation in this protected eco gem.

Picture yourself as an island castaway and let loose discovering the treasures of the sea and sky waiting to be seen from the simple slip of your body from the land into the deep blue ocean.

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park

Baffle Creek, Gladstone Area
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Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park protects the mouth of one of Queensland's few remaining undisturbed coastal rivers. The northern shore of the creek estuary features sandy beaches backed by low, open casuarina woodlands, with paperbark woodlands further inland. The southern side of the estuary is lined with mangroves. Experience the quiet solitude of this coastal park. Go birdwatching or fishing, or stroll along the beach. Camp under the casuarinas behind the dunes overlooking the estuary and sandy beach. Take drinking water and a fuel stove. No facilities are provided. Generators are not allowed. Camping fees apply.

Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites: Manta Ray and Entrance Bombies, Napoleon's Wall and The Drop-off to name a few. Snorkel the shallows or dive coral gardens on the northern side and the extensive drop-off on the southern side. Divers and snorkellers may come face to face with manta rays, turtles, schooling fish, reef sharks, colourful reef fish, stingrays, and even sea snakes.

Coral Gardens Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Coral Gardens at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef is a very interesting shore dive with a maximum depth of around 12 metres. The gardens were damaged by a cyclone in 1992 but have recovered remarkably since then. This is an extremely good night dive site with all types of marine life. Night dwellers like the painted cray can be found out of their daytime hiding place.

Light House Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Light House Bommie site off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef is a group of small coral outcrops packed with marine life. Snorkel across a sandy patch, descend past a coral ledge and drift onto the bommies to see Manta Rays waiting to be cleaned by Cleaner Wrasse. Home to batfish, stingrays, whitespotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda and many others. Leopard sharks are seen during summer.

Severance Shipwreck Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Quite a few ships have come to grief on the fringing reef around Lady Elliot Island, but only one of these can be dived, the Severance. This fully intact yacht sank in 1998 and still has much of its rigging in place that is now covered in glorious soft corals. Sitting on a sandy sea floor, 21 metres deep, the wreck is a haven for marine life with cobia, sweetlips, emperors, snappers, trevally and gropers sheltering around the yacht. A look inside the ship will often reveal tasselled wobbegongs, coral trout, coral cod, lionfish and thousands of shrimps. Other visitors to the Severance include turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, eagle rays and manta rays.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island is named after the family of Maori wrasse that call the area home. The site is located 14 to 18 metres beneath the surface and is ideal for intermediate divers looking to explore - reef sharks can often be spotted patrolling the reef wall and arches near the bommie, and just north of the wall is Spiders Ledge, named for the number of shells that decorate the outcrop. If you're a keen-eyed diver, you may be lucky enough to spot the shy barramundi cod and the brightly coloured clown triggerfish darting among the coral.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish. Feasting on these tiny baitfish are predators like trevally, coral trout and mackerel. Entrance Bommie is also a good place to encounter turtles, tasselled wobbegong sharks, whitetip reef sharks, giant moray eels, stingrays, eagle rays and a good variety of reef fish. Don't be too surprised if you find a large shark sleeping in one of the caves, as tawny nurse sharks, which can grow to over three metres in length, are often seen at this dive site.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges. Numerous reef fish populate these bommies, common being goatfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, sweetlips and parrotfish. Divers also regularly encounter turtles, stingrays and reef sharks in this area. But the main attraction is the manta rays that hover atop the largest of these bommies as they get cleaned by swarms of cleaner wrasse.

Second Reef Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Located off the western side of Lady Elliot Island, Second Reef is a long ridge of coral that varies in depth from 2 to 12 metres. Lovely hard corals feature on this reef, but with many ledges and caves to explore it is always a fascinating dive. Schooling trevally and surgeonfish often engulf parts of this reef, and divers regularly encounter turtles, eagle rays, stingrays and whitetip reef sharks. Also common at Second Reef are sweetlips, lionfish, barramundi cod, gropers, octopus, crayfish, snappers and a great collection of colourful reef fish. This is a wonderful dive site that is enjoyed by both divers and snorkellers.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight. Riddled with ledges and small caves, the bommie is often swarming with cardinalfish, which are in turn fed upon by patrolling packs of trevally. Checkout all the ledges and you will find coral trout, coral cod, leaf scorpionfish, moray eels, tasselled wobbegongs and maybe even a Spanish dancer nudibranch. The sand surrounding Anchor Bommie is a good place to see whitetip reef sharks, stingrays, shovelnose rays, turtles and garden eels. But don't forget to look up as manta rays circle the top of this bommie to get cleaned by the resident cleaner wrasse.
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