Lady Elliot is a coral cay island located 80 kms north-east of Bundaberg, on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. In his early twenties, Peter discovered the island and its amazing beauty, both above and below the water. Coincidentally, that’s where he and his now wife, Julie, became close friends and both shared passion for the natural environment and the fragile eco-system of the island.
Peter is a licenced Pilot and has been flying tourists to the Great Barrier Reef for over 30 years.He started out operating regular scenic day trips by seaplane from the Gold Coast to Lady Musgrave Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef.In the mid 90’s, Peter took the floats off the plane and began flying guests to nearby Lady Elliot Island. Lady Elliot Island is the only coral cay island on the Great Barrier Reef with an airstrip.Peter, his family and two business partners took over the lease of the island in 2005 and has been operating the 150-bed eco resort since that time.
Peter’s main motivation is Education and the Environment – Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort operates on a ‘Four E’s’ Philosophy:To look after our Environment we need to be Efficient, Economically Sustainable and able to Educate Effectively.
Peter’s personal mission more now than ever before is to “Inspire & encourage other people, particularly the younger generation to follow their dreams to make a difference on the planet“.
In recognition of Peter’s 30 plus years in Queensland’s dynamic tourism industry and in particular his passion, dedication and leadership in sustainable ecotourism, Peter was awarded the Marie Watson-Blake award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ at the 30th annual QLD Tourism awards in November 2014. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort was also awarded the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism in 2014, 2017 & 2019. In 2019, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort won gold in the Queensland Tourism Awards and silver in the Australian Tourism Awards in Ecotourism and in 2020 Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to ecotourism and aviation.
Wild Earth Oceania are all about protection and preservation of biodiversity. We like to think thats exactly our philosophy, our mission and purpose on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier reef is the Africa of the Oceanic part of the world. Wild Earth Oceania comes at a really crucial time right now when the Earth is facing so many amazing challenges.Lets all pull together and support this spectacular initiative, Wild Earth Oceania.