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  •  Day Trips
  •  Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island
  •  Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour to Lady Elliot Island Depart from Gold Coast

Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour to Lady Elliot Island Depart from Gold Coast

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

  • Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island
  • English
  • 10.5 hours
  • Free Cancellation prior to 7 days of travel date
  • 48 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Transfer from/to selected hotels included before departure time (limited areas apply).
  • 2. Return scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island (approx. 100 mins)
  • 3. Orientation tour
  • 4. Combined Glass bottom boat/Guided snorkel tour
  • 5. Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuits)
  • 6. Lunch
  • 7. Towels, sunscreen, snorkel equipment and reef walking shoes provided
  • 8. Use of day guest facilities
  • 9. Fully Guided tour
From AUD

1 Key Facts


  • 1. Transfer from/to selected hotels included before departure time (limited areas apply).
  • 2. Return scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island (approx. 100 mins)
  • 3. Orientation tour
  • 4. Combined Glass bottom boat/Guided snorkel tour
  • 5. Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuits)
  • 6. Lunch
  • 7. Towels, sunscreen, snorkel equipment and reef walking shoes provided
  • 8. Use of day guest facilities
  • 9. Fully Guided tour

Not included

  • 1. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 2. Souvenirs
  • 3. Travel Insurance
Destination Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island
Depature point ● Departs: daily, all year round
   Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December)
● Departure Point: Gold Coast Airport (Address: 14-16 Lores Bonney Circuit, Coolangatta)
● Departure Time: Approximately 06:45
   Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included before departure time
● Leaves Lady Elliot at approximately 14:30
● Arrives Gold Coast at approximately 16:30
Address Terminal 14-16, Lores Bonney Circuit, Coolangatta Airport
How to get there Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included. Please indicate the name of your hotel at the point of booking - the most convenient pick-up location and time will be advised in your booking confirmation.
Reconfirmation requirements Please be advised you are required to contact The Service Provider 24 hours prior to the travel date during business hours to reconfirm your booking, pick up location and time, and departure time with your confirmation number. Please adjust your travel plan according to the details given by The Service Provider at time of reconfirming.
Check-in requirements ● If you are taking the complimentary transfer service, please arrive 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time at your booked pick up location. There might be 5-10 minutes delay depends on the traffic on the day. If you think the pick is late or you are not being picked up, please call The Service Provider and quote your confirmation number to double check.

● If you are making your own way to the Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (14-16 Lores Bonney Circuit, Coolangatta), please ensure you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time to allow enough time to check in. Passengers that fail to arrive before this time may be classed as no-show.
What to bring/wear ● Swimwear, towel
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Comfortable shoes and reef walking shoes (covered toes) or crocs
● Camera (waterproof)
● Money/credit card for optional purchases
Other info 【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
- If you are feeling unwell, please consider the health and safety of your fellow guests and do not travel.
- All guests, staff and contractors will receive a COVID-19 Self-Assessment Declaration form that must be completed the day prior to your arrival to the airport. Please print and complete this form for all persons travelling on your booking the morning of departure. If your risk rating falls within the red ‘high risk’ area do not attend the airport and please contact the Service Provider on +61 7 5599 4509 advising you are unable to travel.
- To minimise physical contact between our guests and team we are kindly requesting cashless payments when on Island.
-  Temperature testing all personnel arriving to Lady Elliot Island (including guests, staff, contractors etc) via a non-contact infrared thermometer will take place before boarding any aircraft. Any temperature 37-37.5 degrees Celsius will be considered with caution. Any temperature equalling 37.6 degrees Celsius or higher will be referred to as ‘high risk’ and travel to Lady Elliot Island will not be permitted without further medical clarification or clearance. A full refund will be available, or travel can be postponed to a later date once medically cleared.
- Non-touch hand sanitiser stations will be available at the Gold Coast departure points. For those departing from Brisbane (Redcliffe) your pilot will kindly instruct you to sanitise your hands prior to boarding the aircraft.

- Dining/Cafe
• Lunch will be café orders only. If you have pre-paid buffet lunch included, you will order from the café menu
• Takeaway will be available should you prefer not to sit in the dining area  

- Activities and Diving
• Snorkel/Dive equipment only to be handled by a Lady Elliot Island Team Member, please ask for assistance before gearing up
• Snorkellers will be allocated a set of fins/mask to be used during their entire stay
• On the vessels please sit in your assigned seat and maintain 1.5m spacing from other guests. Please handle your own equipment, if you are unable to do so, please request assistance from our Team Members
• Any used wetsuits to be wash in the wash tub before returning to the Dive Shop

● Flight
- The size of your aircraft will depend on passenger numbers travelling for that particular day.   
- On some occasions the Gold Coast and Brisbane flights may stop at another airport on route which will add a small amount of time to the trip. 
- Flights are subject to change and flight times vary depending on weather, aircraft type and possible transit stops.

● Flight Cabin Baggage
Small personal items totalling up to a maximum of 4kg are able to be carried on board. These items must be able to be carried on the lap. There are no overhead lockers and there is no stowage facility under the seats. These items may include: Handbag/Purse, Tablet or laptop in thin case, Camera, Coat/Wrap

● In-flight APP
To enhance your flight to Lady Elliot Island, please download In-Flight App from either the Apple App Store, or Google Play store (available on both phones and tablets). To download the app search ‘Lady Elliot Island’ – the App is available in five languages, English, Chinese, Japanese, German and French.

● Health when Snorkelling
Snorkelling does not require a Medical Questionnaire or a Dive Medical in Australia, but it can be a strenuous physical activity that may increase the health and safety risks for persons suffering from any medical condition that may be made worse by physical exertion (such as heart disease, asthma and lung disease), any medical condition that can result in loss of consciousness (such as epilepsy or diabetes), or having a low level of personal fitness due to age or physical condition. Some medical conditions, such as asthma and respiratory disease, may also be aggravated simply through exposure to cold water or salt water mist.

● Safe Snorkelling Practices
- Check the tides and prevailing conditions with the Dive Shop before entering the water and avoid areas where waves are breaking.
- Take note of the current direction and tide times, especially when snorkelling on western side of island.
- Only snorkel in the Lagoon during recommended times, based on high tide.
- Never snorkel after consuming alcohol.
- Always snorkel with another person (buddy) and ensure you stay together and keep a close eye out for each other.
- Know your own limitations and don’t exceed them.
- Use the entry/exit channels marked on the map.
- Keep clear of moving vessels at all times.

● All activities are subject to weather and tide conditions

● Medical
Lady Elliot Island is a remote location, 80km from the Queensland coast. There is limited air access and Lady Elliot management hold no liability for any flights and/or state of emergency transportation services in relation to accidents or illness whilst on Lady Elliot Island. We strongly recommend travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

If you are taking medication, or have any condition (including food allergies) that require medication to alleviate the effects of that condition, please ensure that you have a sufficient supply with you for your stay on Lady Elliot Island as the Resort cannot source prescription medication.

2 Overview

The Day Trips/Tours to Lady Elliot Island offer a great opportunity for domestic or international visitors with limited time to explore the phenomena of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Lady Elliot Island is located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, 80km north-east of Bundaberg, just to the north of Fraser Island. The Day Trips/Tours will allow visitors to experience one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World from the air, land and water… all in one day!

Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour to Lady Elliot Island Depart from Gold Coast


Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected 'Green Zone' the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.


The Tour

The Lady Elliot Island Great Barrier Reef all inclusive Day Tour is the only one of its type in Australia. The visit allows you to view one of the most pristine sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the air as well as from above and below the water all in one day.

Your tour commences with a pick up from your Gold Coast hotel at approx 06:00 and a complimentary transfer to our private terminal to board your scenic flight to the coral cay of Lady Elliot Island. Lady Elliot is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations on the reef, famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of marine life! On the way enjoy the aerial views of the Gold Coast, North and South Stradbroke Islands, Moreton Island and Fraser Island. Upon arrival on Lady Elliot Island, your guide will take you on a brief orientation tour of the island and escort you to the Day Guest facilities to collect your snorkel equipment.

You will then join a glass bottom boat & guided snorkel tour to view a large variety of coral and brilliantly coloured fish, with the possibility to encounter turtles, dolphins and the resident manta rays. Lunch is served in the restaurant. After lunch, join your guide for fish feeding in the Fish Pond and at 14:30pm depart on a scenic flight back to the Gold Coast. The tour concludes at approx. 16:30 with a return transfer to your hotel. 


  • Scenic Flight

    Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort charters Seair Pacific to provide scenic air transfers to Lady Elliot Island. On the way enjoy the aerial views of the Gold Coast, North and South Stradbroke Islands, Moreton Island and Fraser Island. The flight time from Gold Coast is approximately 100mins. Seair operates aircraft that can carry 9 or 13 passengers.

  • Snorkelling on Lady Elliot Island

    You don't need to be a diver to experience the underwater magic on Lady Elliot Island. Snorkelling is a great way to get up close and personal with the amazing marine life and explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling on the reef surrounding Lady Elliot island is easily accessible straight off the beaches or guests can book on to one of the daily glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tours or snorkel safaris.

    ECO Guidelines:

    Please help us protect the beautiful reef by following the marine park rules and eco guidelines. Together we can make a difference.

    • LOOK - DO NOT TAKE OR TOUCH - it is illegal to take marine life such as coral, shells and sea stars. Touching can hurt them and you.
    • WATCH YOUR FINS - Do not stand, kick or rest on coral - even rocks and dead looking coral is alive and fragile.
    • LET MARINE LIFE BE - Never chase, corner or hold onto marine life and do not interfere with their natural behaviour.
    • CAUTION TAKING PHOTOS - To not damage or disturb marine life.

    Please Note: Enjoy snorkelling as long as you like but it's important to watch those tides and currents, cover up and wear plenty of sunscreen.

  • Glass Bottom Boat/Guided Snorkelling Tour

    Board the custom built vessel for a safety briefing and 20 minutes expert commentary about the coral and marine creatures that can be viewed through the glass enroute to the snorkelling spot. Guests then have the opportunity to snorkel for 30 minutes to discover the wonders of the underwater world and meet the resident marine creatures of Great Barrier Reef. These tours depart daily depending on tides and weather conditions.

    Please Note: For your own safety, guests must wear reef walking shoes (with covered toes) or crocs when participating in any of the Glass Bottom Boat/Snorkel tours.

  • Fish Feeding

    An amazing array of reef fish appear at the 'fish pool' every day. Come with your reef walking shoes and immerse yourself in this awesome experience. Your guide will enlighten you regarding the fish and the way we feed them within the Marine Park. Duration approximately 15 minutes.


Sample Itinerary

Reference Only. Subject to change without notice. Itineraries may operate in reverse order, in a different sequence, be swapped around, or in rare circumstances be replaced by other best suited items to suit tides, times & conditions.   

Time Itinerary
06:00 - 06:15 (approx.) Courtesy pickup from Hotel/Accommodation (limited areas apply) 
06:45 Depart Seair Terminal, Gold Coast Airport for a Scenic Flight to Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an aerial view of the Queensland Coastline.
08:45 Arrive on Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef
09:00 - 14:30

Enjoy the activities on Lady Elliot Island:

Brief Island Orientation Tour; Combined Glass Bottom Boat/Guided Snorkel Tour; Lunch with Beer, Wine and Soft Drink and Afternoon Activity (tide dependent)

14:30 Depart for Scenic Flight back to the Gold Coast
16:30 (approx.) Arrive back at Gold Coast Airport
17:00 - 17:30 Return to Hotel/Accommodation 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
● If no show, no refund.


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