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Coasts & Islands

Located at the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is the only coral island on the reef with an airstrip. Daily flights are available from the Bundaberg Airport (flights are also available from Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, Coolangatta and Brisbane). From the island you can step out onto the reef and snorkel or dive amongst the colourful marine life or enjoy the other eco-activities the island’s resort has to offer.

Along the coast there is a succession of beaches and coastal communities including Bargara, Burnett Heads and Elliot Heads. Woodgate boasts a long white sand beach with the first surf north of the Sunshine Coast, while Moore Park beach stretches for 16km just north of Bundaberg.

Near Bargara is Mon Repos beach, home of the largest and most accessible turtle rookery in the South Pacific. Guided tours during turtle season provide a unique opportunity to see adult female turtles come ashore to lay their eggs from November to January. Eight weeks later (from January to March), the young hatchings emerge and race to the ocean.

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