The magic of Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island amazingness – for kids, families and couples

Last weekend we returned to one of our favourite places in the world – the magical, beautiful Lady Elliot Island. Lady Elliot is a little island off the east coast of Australia, in the southern Great Barrier Reef. It’s an incredible spot, a little island made of coral and bird poo in a pristine environment that as guests we are so very lucky to get a glimpse into.

The easiest way to get there is by plane on a gorgeous journey over coastline and ocean.  We flew out from Hervey Bay, over Fraser Island, the Pacific Ocean and onto the grass runway that cuts straight down the middle of Lady Elliot. Emmie and I literally jumped off the plane and were straight into the lagoon to find our beloved green turtles, loggerhead turtles and blacktip reef sharks. And of course there they all were, waiting for us.

Our true love, Lady Elliot Island


Then it was time for our snorkel safari, a daily guided snorkel out in the open water on the other side of the island.

This is when we had our most incredible experience to-date [sorry turtles]. Mantas! Mantas everywhere. Led by Phil and Natalie we found beautiful mantas gliding and soaring through the water, coming right up to us with their huge mouths open, before darting away, white and black and some with little cobia hugging onto their backs.

Another oh my gosh amazing moment! There were so many of them.


Can you imagine how amazing it was to share this experience with Emmie? The first time swimming with mantas for both of us. It was so incredible that Phil organised another snorkel that afternoon, and then we went again the following day, morning and afternoon.

The rest of our days were the same, snorkelling with mantas, swimming with turtles, reef walking, eating and eating from the delicious buffets, swimming the swimming pool, watching spectacular sunrises and sunsets and finding turtle tracks in the morning. It’s nesting season on the island and if you’re lucky you may see a turtle digging her nest and laying her eggs. We didn’t see them laying their eggs, but we did see their tracks in the morning.

Morning turtle tracks – this one had made a nest and laid her eggs just up at the scrub line


This visit all the cabins were booked so we stayed in an ‘eco lodge’. Two sets of bunks with shared amenities – and it was perfectly fine. The showers and toilets are spotless, and I don’t think we ever saw anyone else in there. The rooms were cool, with an electric fan we only used one night. It’s a fabulous option and costs a bit less than the cabins.

Our eco lodge!


There are many, many things that make Lady Elliot Island a magical place. It’s perfect for a family holiday, there is so much to learn and do. The staff there are so wonderful and caring and interested and they really seemed to LOVE having Emmie aboard, they taught her so much and were so patient and caring with her. We love Lady Elliot Island and I really ecourage everyone to do their best to get there. This trip was just three days for us and while we would have loved to stay longer you can certainly have a great stay for this amount of time.

Try to get there, you will LOVE IT! I hope you go, I really hope you go. And when you do, please come back here and tell me how amazing it was. xo

Turtle Time at Lady Elliot Island. One of the best places to visit with kids!



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  • Reply
    December 17, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Missed you by a week. Its the most magical place. Im not surprised how they treated you. Its 5🌟

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      Evie Farrell
      December 22, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Oh how was your stay? Did you see the mantas? It sure is five star, the nicest people around. I love how they are so invested in making sure their guests see and learn all about the marine environment. And yes, magical! xx

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    Tell Me Tuesday
    December 17, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Wow, wow, WOW! What a magical part of the world. We are so spoil there in Australia, aren’t we?

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      Evie Farrell
      December 22, 2015 at 1:41 am

      Oh we are and there is so much to see Tell Me Tuesday. I really want to get to Ningaloo Reef and Far North Queensland too, there is so much amazingness out there – sad that we spend most of our days working! But not for long for me! xxx

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    January 2, 2016 at 6:38 am

    My daughter 9 and me, single mum……just started following you today. Thank you for the inspiration to shake the dust of my dreams and awaiting adventures. Too easy to get caught in the daily grind of work and school.

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      Evie Farrell
      January 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Hi Lynda, thank you so much for your message, it makes me so happy. I so agree, we get caught up in work and school a routine and our life – especially our time with our children – is passing us by…please stay in touch and let me know what you do! How exciting to be dusting off your dreams!! Evie xo

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    Lucia Ev
    January 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Single mum from Day One, my daughter was not even a year old the first time I took her to Europe however the best holiday ever was a 10 day stay at Heron Island last Christmas!! Just beautiful.

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      Evie Farrell
      January 4, 2017 at 5:55 am

      Oh amazing! We haven’t been there but I would love to go. Evie xo

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    Cristina turcan
    January 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I’d love to be in any place you are now with you 😃✌🌎🏝🗻 good trip kiss

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