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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4156 4444
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Almost two years to the day we came back to the island, this time bringing the rest of the family... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Sydney, Australia
Beautiful snorkeling spot

On the far side of the island with a pretty beach and beautiful coral for snorkeling. We saw many... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Kansas City, Missouri
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To assist with ship navigation, a temporary lighthouse was positioned on Lady Elliot Island in 1866. It toppled in a severe storm in 1872 and in 1873 a new light station was established. Standing at approximately 17 metres, the white and red lighthouse you see today was pre-made in England and shipped to the Island in pieces. It was the first lighthouse in Australia with a timber frame and weatherproof cast iron external cladding. The lighthouse was decomissioned in 1995 when it became too short for the surrounding vegetation and a new solar powered, fully automated tower was built. Lady Elliot Island lightstation was placed on the Commonwealth Heritage List in 2004. It is also significant because it represents an important landmark indicating the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan was developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in March 2012 to protect, conserve and manage the Commonwealth Heritage values of the Lady Elliot Island lightstation. At this stage, the lighthouse is not open to the public but is often the focus of history and photography buffs.
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Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4156 4444
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Almost two years to the day we came back to the island, this time bringing the rest of the family of 13- and 11-year-old and their parents. It was wonderful to relive the initial experience of joy and amazement through their eyes – turtles, turtles...More

Thank Elleron540
Reviewed 24 March 2017

On the far side of the island with a pretty beach and beautiful coral for snorkeling. We saw many turtles and all kinds of colorful fish.

Thank elizabethkc2016
Reviewed 23 March 2017

It's a great walk to the lighthouse for sunset and a great launching point for snorkeling. It's also the only place on the island to get some cell data connection for those going through withdrawal :)

Thank bm93travel
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The lighthouse provides you with the history of the island, the night stalk which takes you to the light house, where you hear about a ghost story about the island (NO SPOILERS)

Thank MOYMOY69
Reviewed 5 March 2017

hurry on there are not many places like this , simple accommodation but clean and comfortable , but this island has so much to offer ..undisturbed nature on land and in the see . I did go there diving but you can so so much...More

Thank Joanna S
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The snorkel safari is great off the lighthouse headland. You are guaranteed to see some of the best sea life in Australia.

Thank eyreheather
Reviewed 8 February 2017

It is an old lighthouse, beautifully preserved. Great to see historical buildings being taken good care of.

Thank Elena G
Reviewed 28 January 2017

The lighthouse on the one side of the island looks out over great snorkelling and is one end of the area they recommend you stay between the lighthouse and the coral garden. You could go upit if you ask and get a special guide. of...More

Thank RobertGloucester
Reviewed 24 January 2017

This lighthouse is non operational and replaced by the automatic one. Nevertheless, it looks fantastic in the surrounds of the island and holds an interesting history as well. I do not think you can walk up the light house but all visitors can walk past...More

Thank AustTrail
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Be sure to turn your back on the sunset for a moment to see the light on the building. Drinks at sunset are a treat.

Thank Loretta C
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