We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4156 4444
Review Highlights
Great spot for sunset and snorkelling

The historic lighthouse on Lady Elliott Island is one of the 3 snorkelling areas on the island... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike H
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
via mobile
great snorkelling

straight out from here there is a bommie marked by a buoy. near there is a cleaning station that... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
dave w
Nowra, Australia
Read all 104 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4156 4444
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (104)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 93 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 25 June 2017

How they got this lighthouse there, the lighthouse keepers, and what happened to the island. The Island history tour is a must.

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Relaxing way to enjoy the days end by sitting on the beach at the light house and watching the magnificent Sunset.

Thank AndrewH161
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Nice to learn the history of the lighthouse and island. Also a beautiful setting to enjoy sundowners

Thank wwglobetrotr
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Manufactured back in the 1800's in Britain out of steel plate and shipped out like self assembly furniture. Still totally rust free. Gets lots of paint!

Thank Roy J
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Well maintained but now only an attraction as the trees have outgrown the lighthouse and a new tower has been built for the light.

Thank Alex A
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Almost two years to the day we came back to the island, this time bringing the rest of the family of 13- and 11-year-old and their parents. It was wonderful to relive the initial experience of joy and amazement through their eyes – turtles, turtles...More

Thank Elleron540
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines