Lady Elliot Island Great Barrier Reef Day Tour from the Gold Coast

Gold Coast, Queensland

Visit the Great Barrier Reef in one day from the Gold Coast on a spectacular tour. Lady Elliott Island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling & diving.

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If your holiday time is limited and the Great Barrier Reef is high on your checklist of things to see, this tour is for you. This day tour – including return flight – to Lady Elliott Island – offers the only way to see the “true” Great Barrier Reef in a single day. Departing early in the morning, you’ll visit Lady Elliott; a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. With exceptionally clear water year round, visitors will discover a diverse range of coral and colourful fish, and they might even encounter turtles, dolphins and more.

As soon as you step off the plane you’ll be greeted with spectacular sights from the lush greenery on the cay to the vibrant waters and coral surrounding it. You can swim and snorkel straight off the beach as the Great Barrier Reef surrounding the cay is considered one of the world’s richest marine eco-systems where you can come face-to-face with a range of marine life including turtles, coral and schools of reef fish.

Step right off the plane and onto the beach to snorkel or swim in the world’s richest marine eco-system. Come face to face with turtles, coral and schools of reef fish. The coral gardens surrounding Lady Elliott Island are also frequented by large manta rays. Known as the ‘kites of the reef’ these giant creates are known to breed and feed in the area at various times throughout the year providing guests with the chance to swim amongst them. Hosted by trained guides, you will spend the day snorkelling and fish feeding, exploring the reef on a glass bottom boat ride, reef and island walks, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. You can see all of this in one day from the Gold Coast and be able to tell your friends you snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef!



  • Adults at Kids Prices


  • Return scenic flight (approx. 105min)
  • 5 hours to explore Lady Elliot Island
  • Welcome drink
  • Orientation/Island tour
  • Glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tour
  • Guided reef walk (tide dependent)
  • Buffet lunch
  • Fish feeding in the Lagoon
  • Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins)
  • Snorkel lesson if required
  • Use of Day Guest facilities (lockers, shower facilities, towels, sunscreen and reef walking shoes)
  • Guided tour
  • Environmental Management Charge


  • Hotel pickup and drop off – guests must make their own way to Seair Terminal, Gold Coast Airport. Alternatively transfers can be arranged directly with the operator for an additional cost.


  • 6:15am: Arrive at the Seair Hanger to check in for your scenic flight
  • 6.45am: Depart Seair Terminal, Gold Coast Airport for a Scenic Flight to Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the aerial view of the Queensland Coastline
  • 8.45am: Arrive on Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef
  • 9am-2.30pm: Enjoy the activities on Lady Elliot Island, brief Island Orientation Tour, Combined Glass Bottom Boat/Guided Snorkel Tour, Buffet Lunch and Afternoon Activity (tide dependent)
  • 2.30pm: Depart for Scenic Flight back to the Gold Coast
  • 4:30pm: Return back to Gold Coast Airport
  • The above itinerary may be subject to change


  • Spectacular 90 minute scenic flight from the Gold Coast
  • The only day tour of it’s type in Australia
  • 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
  • One of the best snorkelling and diving locations on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided tour on a glass bottom boat/guided tour
  • Snorkel amongst the most amazing coral formations and marine creatures
  • The coral gardens surrounding the island are a breeding and feeding area for the giant "kites of the sea" Manta Rays
  • Aerial views of the Gold Coast, North & South Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Fraser Island
  • Delicious Buffet lunch


  • Arrive at Seair Hanger Coolangatta at approximately 6.15am. You take to the air for a 90 minute scenic coastal flight to Lady Elliot Island, a true Great Barrier Reef marvel! You will arrive back to Coolangatta at approximately 4.30pm.
  • Does not operate on Christmas Day 25th December

What To Bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

Additional Information

  • One light backpack only for all day tours
  • All activities are subject to weather and tide conditions
  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Please provide each passenger’s name in the booking note

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! – Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this tour


Gold Coast, Queensland

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