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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4156 4444
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Most spectacular coral island and easy access to the reef

This small island has it all. A short flight from Hervey Bay and you are miles away from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
History and mobile phone connection

The lighthouse has a lot of history attached. Its also where you can pick up mobile phone... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Townsville, Australia
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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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“sunset drinks” (6 reviews)
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Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small island has it all. A short flight from Hervey Bay and you are miles away from everything. The small hut accommodation on the beach is rustic and romantic and the the reef is easily accessible from the shore. All meals are included in...More

Thank FrangipanniBrisbane
Reviewed 23 October 2017

The lighthouse has a lot of history attached. Its also where you can pick up mobile phone connection. (and a snorkelling entry point, especially for manta rays)

Thank Ibisue
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Located on the western side of Lady Elliott Island, the old lighthouse is no longer in operation but still stands proudly next to the new (and it has to be said ugly) operational light tower. Just a few minutes walk from the main buildings on...More

Thank DML
Reviewed 20 September 2017

An excellent place to enjoy a drink at sunset. Also an excellent staring point for snorkeling and diving.

Thank _randfmcf
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The old lighthouse is impressive -circa 1873. . . . . but after a 5 minute wander around it that is all that is needed with a few photos. it is still a working lighthouse BTW!. . . . and on an ECO resort with...More

Thank Shane E
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This lighthouse is located right new to a beautiful coral beach, it's a nice spot to watch the sun go down. And right next to it is the ocean where you can go snorkelling!

Thank Luke H
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

The historic lighthouse on Lady Elliott Island is one of the 3 snorkelling areas on the island. It's also the best spot to watch the sun go down. The lighthouse itself has been replaced by a girder tower but it lends a historical note to...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 21 July 2017

straight out from here there is a bommie marked by a buoy. near there is a cleaning station that manta rays come to. on the bommie there is plenty of fish and other rays. really easy to see the marine life as the water is...More

Thank dave w
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Interesting history of this lighthouse. Great photos of previous lighthouse keepers and well preserved equipment and actual lighthouse.

Thank reidJhb
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

A lovely lighthouse with beautiful sunsets over the water. Drinks and platters are available for ordering. Made for great photos.

Thank Lozz_Walsh
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