Lady Elliot Island & Fraser Island Packages


Reef, Rainforest, Sand Dunes (& Salty Air)!

Hervey Bay gives the visitor the unique opportunity to experience 2 magnificent World Heritage listed natural destinations – Fraser Island & the Great Barrier Reef.

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world (125km x 25km) and boasts ancient and amazing rainforest, perched freshwater lakes, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and an incredible diversity of native bird and wildlife.

Lady Elliot Island sits at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, and offers the visitor arguably the best coral and marine diversity of any tourist accessible reef on the east coast of Australia.

For nature lovers, these are 2 totally different nature based experiences, but both accessible from Hervey Bay, allowing overseas visitors to tick a lot of “Australia” boxes in a short period of time, and from an easily accessible base.

3 & 5 Day Itineraries

We have put together 3 amazing & popular packages that showcase these attractions in the best way possible, allowing visitors to optimise time and budget. We take care of all the arrangements, transfers and bookings, and can even organise tilt train transfers from Brisbane or northern ports.

Eco-Adventure

Without doubt, if time allows, 2 days / 1 night on both islands is the best way to go. Our incredible 5 Day Eco-Adventure Package includes 2 days / 1 night on Lady Elliot (including return scenic flights and limo transfers to/from the airport), 2 days / 1 night on Fraser Island, nights 1, 3, and 5 at the Emeraldene Inn, and all meals on the tours. A number of accommodation options are available with prices starting from $885pp twin share all inclusive (or $615pp for 2 adults / 2 kids).

With this package the 2 trips are totally different experiences. The Fraser Island Safari is a fully guided trip, which includes LOTS of expert information, history, biological & geological facts from experienced guides.

The Lady Elliot Trip is what we like to call “self-guided”. Whilst all activities (glass bottom boat tour, guided snorkel tour, turtle tour, bird tour, reef walk tour etc) on Lady Elliot are included, you can choose when, what and if you want to participate. You may just want to chillax and snorkel for 2 days (snorkelling equipment use free of charge btw) ….  or if you are certified, you might like to do a dive on the afternoon of arrival (extra charge) …. it’s up to you!

Fraser & Reef Package

If time is an issue, then our Fraser & Reef Package is a great option. As there is a lot to fit into a short period of time, this package incorporates premium tour options with small groups to optimise your experience in the region (3 nights and 2 full days).

In addition to enjoying 3 nights in our best Superior Suites (king beds, free wifi, free plunger coffee, free bottled water), you will explore Fraser Island in a Hummer, with a maximum of 4 passengers and driver / guide. Little extras like free Hummer Hats, morning and afternoon tea, a beach picnic with beer and wine,  and champagne and chocolates on the way home make this a memorable day.

The following day is a day trip to Lady Elliot Island. After a limo transfer to the airport you will enjoy an amazing scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island where you can spend the whole day exploring the island and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef. Glass bottom boat tour, guided snorkel tour, reef walk tour and seasonal tours are all included for you to participate if and when you please. A huge buffet lunch is included to recharge those snorkelling legs so you can get back out there in the afternoon and squeeze in as much reef time as possible!

This great package is available for only $725pp all inclusive.

2 Day (3 night) Fraser Explorer Package

If you’ve only got time for Fraser Island, then make it 2 days on the island so you can really appreciate the beauty of the place, and also get to explore the top end up to Indian Head and the Champagne Pools .

This package includes nights 1 and 3 at the Emeraldene Inn plus the Fraser Explorer 2 Day Tour. This fully guided tour (max 40 passengers) collects you from the Emeraldene at 6:50am on the morning of day 2 of your package. You have 2 full days on the island with a very experienced guide who can pass on all the history and interesting information that makes Fraser Island unique. Accommodation overnight is at the Eurong Beach Resort in ensuited private motel-style rooms, and all meals whilst on the island are included. You will be dropped back at the Emeraldene at 6:30pm on the evening of day 3.

This package is $415pp twin share – awesome value!

More Packages

These 3 packages are by far our most popular trips, but we have a lot of other packages available on our website for you to explore. We are also more than happy to tailor a package to meet your needs, so don’t be afraid to ask! Our aim is to make your travel planning as easy as possible, and for us to do all the work so you can enjoy your time on the Fraser Coast.

by Rob Lennon                                Emeraldene Inn & Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay

Lady Elliot Island – The Southern Great Barrier Reef


  • Lady Elliot Island

    A magic Great Barrier Reef experience!

    Most people don’t realise that some of the best tourist accessible reef on the entire east coast of Australia is sitting just off the top of Fraser Island! You don’t need to fly to Cairns or the Whitsundays to see the Great Barrier Reef! You can see more colourful coral, and more diversity of marine life at the beautiful Lady Elliot Island – a true coral atoll surrounded by teeming sea-life and home to thousands upon thousands of sea birds.

    Due to global warming and numerous bleaching episodes over the last decade (caused by higher than normal sea water temperatures), the coral in far north Queensland off Cairns and the Whitsundays has lost a lot of colour and vitality. The Great Barrier Reef is, in fact, in self-preservation mode, and extending itself south as water temperatures rise. Lady Elliot, at the southern tip of the Barrier Reef enjoys optimal conditions all year round, for both the natural habitat AND visitors! During the summer months, when visibility can be poor in the waters off Cairns and north Queensland due to tropical rainfall, and marine stingers limit the ability to swim without stinger suits, Lady Elliot enjoys perfect water clarity and safe (stinger free) swimming conditions.

    Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is one of only three island resorts located right on the Great Barrier Reef. The Island Resort is very low-key and environmentally friendly, allowing you to encounter turtles, dolphins, a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays, and LOTS of sea birds. You can literally step off the coral beach and experience amazing snorkelling and diving just metres from the shore.

    The island is intimate and small (maximum of 140 guests including day trippers). The only access to the island is via air (flights from Hervey Bay or Bundaberg), with the airstrip extending the entire length of the small atoll. You can walk around the island in less than an hour!

    What time of year to visit

    Swim with the turtles all year roundNature’s calendar presents special opportunities all year round on the island. From July to November the humpback whales are swimming past the island and can often swim right past an excited snorkeler! From November to February the green and loggerhead turtles lumber up the beaches at night to lay their eggs (guided night excursions for guests), while from January to March you can experience the baby turtles hatching. All year round there is a resident colony of Manta Rays that drift through the lagoon and are regularly spotted by snorkelers. The winter months see water temperatures higher than outside temps, perfect water clarity and the opportunity to experience all this with greatly reduced visitor numbers.

    How to experience the best of the Barrier Reef

    There are day tours to the island departing daily. From Bundaberg or Hervey Bay the Day Tour costs $319 / adult, $175 / child and includes scenic return flights, buffet lunch, glass bottom boat tour, guided snorkel tour (snorkel equipment included), guided reef walk, fish feeding.

    Overnight and extended stays are possible in a variety of accommodation styles, from an Eco-Hut (permanent safari style tent with share bathroom facilities) to Reef Units (ensuite bathroom) and 2 bedroom Island Suites (air-con). Overnight stays include buffet breakfasts and dinners and all island activities (except scuba).

    We have a couple of awesome packages that allow you to experience both Lady Elliot and Fraser Island. Our Fraser & Reef Package combines 3 nights in our best Superior Room accommodation at the Emeraldene in Hervey Bay with a Day Tour to Lady Elliot, and a full day Hummer Tour of Fraser Island ($725pp). Our 5 Day Eco Adventure Package includes 2 days / 1 night on Lady Elliot, 2 days / 1 night on Fraser Island, and 3 nights (nights 1,3,5) at the Emeraldene in Hervey Bay (from $885pp). Follow the links for details.

    Conclusion

    As a dive master and avid snorkeler, sailor and world explorer, I have dived most of the coral reefs around the world. I can honestly say that Lady Elliot Island would easily make my top 5 reef experiences. I would highly recommend and encourage you to consider the “Southern Great Barrier Reef” as your reef experience in any extended itinerary.

         by Rob Lennon                  Emeraldene Inn & Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay