Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has made a Heritage Management Plan to protect and manage the Lady Elliot Island Lightstation's Commonwealth heritage values.

Lady Elliot Island Lightstation was listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List in 2004. The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires the Commonwealth agency that owns or controls the Commonwealth heritage place to make a written plan to protect and manage the Commonwealth heritage values of the place.

The Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan describes and assesses the heritage values, as well as detailing those obligations, appropriate policies and management regimes required to ensure that these heritage values are managed and protected.

Lady Elliot Island is at the southernmost end of the Great Barrier Reef . It is a Commonwealth Island managed jointly by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service under a collaborative lease arrangement with a tourism operator.  It attracts a high number of visitors each year, and the Lightstation Heritage Management Plan is important in ensuring the heritage values are preserved.

About the lightstation

The Lady Elliot Island Lighstation, established in 1866, forms an integral part of history in aiding navigation along the Queensland coast through the Great Barrier Reef. The centrepiece is a lighthouse, first lit in 1873, which was only the third lighthouse built by Queensland authorities and was the first built offshore within the Great Barrier Reef.

The Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse was designed using a unique composite form of construction which combined the economy of timber framing with the weatherproof durability of iron plating.

The lighthouse was the prototype for this style of lighthouse construction, which was subsequently used elsewhere along the Queensland coast.