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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour from the Gold Coast

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Highlights

  • Spectacular Lady Elliott Island
  • Pristine section of Great Barrier Reef
  • 90 minute scenic flight
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • View Manta Rays, turtles and more
  • Buffet lunch including beer & wine

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 trip - 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!

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What you need to know

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop off (limited areas apply)
  • Return scenic air flight to Lady Elliott Island
  • Welcome drink
  • Orientation Island tour
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit)
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch including beer, wine and soft drink
  • Towels, sunscreen, snorkel and reef walking shoes
  • Use of day guest facilities (storage lockers and shower facilities)
  • Environmental Management Charge

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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 hot and cold buffet lunch including beer, wine and soft drink

Tour Times

  • Tours depart daily from the Gold Coast at approximately 6am and return at approximately 5pm. Flying time to Lady Elliott Island from Gold Coast Airport is approximately 90 minutes
  • Does not operate on Christmas day

Itinerary

  • 6.00am-6.15am: Selected courtesy pickup from Hotel or Accommodation
  • 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
  • 9.00am-2.30pm: Enjoy the activities on Lady Elliot Island, brief Island Orientation Tour, Combined Glass Bottom Boat/Guided Snorkel Tour, Buffet Lunch with Beer, Wine and Soft drink and Afternoon Activity (tide dependent)
  • 2.30pm: Depart for Scenic Flight back to the Gold Coast
  • 5.00pm-5.30pm: Return back to Hotel/Accommodation
  • The above itinerary may be subject to change

Hotel Pickup

If you have booked a hotel

  • Prior to completing your purchase, enter your hotel name in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you have not yet booked a hotel

  • If you have not yet booked a hotel, enter the words 'hotel not known' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you do not require a hotel pick up

  • If you do not require a hotel pick up and will be meeting the tour at the tour departure point, enter the words 'pick up not required' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour and the tour departure point

What to Bring

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

Important 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

What others had to say

3 reviews
Matt | 4 months ago
I would give 1000000 Stars

I would give 1000000 Stars! Can’t say enough about this place. Bucket list ticked!!! Such a great day and we were looked after so well by our guide/host it wasn’t funny. I need to win the lotto so I can go back there for longer next time. Thank you for letting me get to experience this natural wonder.

Laurel Burdett | 11 months ago
Loved the day and the whole trip was great with an excellent tour guide

Loved the day and the whole trip was great with an excellent tour guide. Would like to come back and spend a couple of nights on the island some time. One day was just not enough.

Samantha | 5 years ago
Very Friendly Staff

Very Friendly Staff. There was a lot of marine life. Hard coral, but a well taken care of "green zone". Rays, whales (seasonal), turtles, dolphin sightings. Remote and nice views flying into the area.

Top tips

"Get to bed early the night before as this tour requires an early start and is a long day but totally worth it. The flight, snorkelling, tours on the island and lunch are all first class."