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Located right on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island has over 1,000 hectares of National Park, 24 unspoilt beaches and an abundance of marine life. Remote and ruggedly beautiful, Lizard is surrounded by the finest beaches and waters of any Great Barrier Reef Island.

Lizard Island is renowned for its diving including the world famous ‘Cod Hole’. Surrounded by fringing coral reefs, inner shelf, outer barrier or ribbon reefs and lagoon reefs, Lizard Island offers a number of outstanding coral gardens and many spectacular underwater attractions including more than 400 kinds of coral, over 1500 species of fish as well and giant clams over 120 years old.

One of Australia’s premier resorts is located on the island. It’s Australia’s northernmost island resort where the design works in harmony with the Island’s spectacular natural beauty. This premium property caters for a maximum of just 80 guests.

Guest activities on Lizard Island range from the ultimate in relaxation to adventure. Snorkelling or diving, allows guests to ability to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef within minutes of leaving your room. Taking out a motorised dinghy to find a private beach and enjoying a gourmet picnic is another.
For the more energetic there are catamarans, paddle skis and glass bottom boat trips as well as a number of walking trails to explore. A tennis court and gym and spa treatment area provide other diversions. There are many magnificent walks, and on at least one you can expect to glimpse a Monitor, the lizard after which the island was named.

Activites and Experiences at Lizard Island

  • Birdwatching More than 20 bird species nest in the Lizard Island group. Osprey, Seabird, South and Palfrey islands are important bird nesting sites, particularly for terns. The Resort has lists of bird species for interested bird watchers.
  • Bushwalking To experience the real Lizard Island, bushwalking around the island is a must. Within the 1,000 hectares of national park, there are plenty of bushwalks to cater to all levels of fitness. From 30 minute easy walks to the more challenging three hour walk to Cooks Lookout, you can observe the striking changes in landscape and plant communities. Listen for the sounds of birds and other animals and enjoy the solitude.
  • Camping There is also small secluded national park camping ground with minimal facilities located at Watsons Bay. Permits will be required from national parks in Cairns to stay here and you must take all provisions.
  • Scuba-Diving Scuba Diving and snorkelling are popular activities that visitors participate in throughout the year. Organised trips can be arranged where qualified instructors are ready to teach you the basics on the island or out on the reef should you require assistance. You can then safely snorkel or try an introductory dive. Try the calm gardens in Watsons Bay, North Point or the Blue Lagoon for some great spots.
  • Fishing – Beach Limited basic fishing equipment is available from the resort.
  • Fishing – Game Game fishermen come to Lizard Island from all over the world, especially from August to November, in search of the biggest game fish of all, the Black Marlin.
  • Flora Lizard Island is covered in grasslands, mangroves, paperbark and pandanus swamps. Wildflowers are abundant on the island. The resort has a list of the native plants for interested visitors.
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling are popular activities that visitors participate in throughout the year. Organised trips can be arranged where qualified instructors are ready to teach you the basics on the island or out on the reef should you require assistance. You can then safely snorkel or try an introductory dive. Try the calm gardens in Watsons Bay, North Point or the Blue Lagoon for some great spots.
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis Day and night
  • Marine Animal watching Sea turtles and be seen on the reef. Countless species of tropical and marine life such as feather stars, sea pens and sponges abound the surrounding reefs. The reefs are protected within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  • Walking To experience the real Lizard Island, bushwalking around the island is a must. Within the 1,000 hectares of national park, there are plenty of bushwalks to cater to all levels of fitness. From 30 minute easy walks to the more challenging three hour walk to Cooks Lookout, you can observe the striking changes in landscape and plant communities. Listen for the sounds of birds and other animals and enjoy the solitude.
  • Water-based The island gives you the opportunity to view tropical fish, birdlife and colourful coral as well as partaking in various activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, diving and much more
  • Accommodation The islands only resort, houses forty exclusive and private rooms. Experience succulent cuisine that emphasises local seafood, ala carte and lush tropical fruits. Romantic dining on the beach in a private marquee offers a special experience. The Pavilion Spa, offers a range of massages, facials and other body treatments. There is also small secluded national park camping ground with minimal facilities located at Watsons Bay. Permits will be required from national parks in Cairns to stay here and you must take all provisions.
  • Airport The nearest airport from Lizard Island is Cooktown or Cairns.
  • Banking Facilities There are no banking facilities on Lizard but credit facilities are available from the resort.
  • Beach 24 beaches around the island
  • Bottled Gas Limited supplies are available from the research station.
  • Medical Facilities First aid facilities are available at the resort. The next nearest is located at Cooktown and Cairns.
  • National Park Lizard Island was declared a national park in 1939. The reefs, landscape, flora and fauna of the island are protected for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of nature. Within the 1,000 hectares of national park, there are plenty of bushwalks to cater to all levels of fitness.
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court Day and night
  • Visitor Centres The resort and research station have lots of information about the island and surrounding areas.
  • Beach 24 Beaches around the island
  • Diving Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular activities that visitors participate in throughout the year. Organised trips can be arranged where qualified instructors are ready to teach you the basics on the island or out on the reef should you require assistance. You can then safely snorkel or try an introductory dive. Try the calm gardens in Watsons Bay, North Point or the Blue Lagoon for some great spots.
  • Eco Tourism As Lizard Island is a nature based attraction, Eco Tourism is widely practiced to ensure our pristine environment is protected.
  • Environmental Lizard Island’s 1,000 hectares was declared a national park in 1939. The reefs, landscape, flora and fauna of the island are protected for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of nature. Every effort is made to ensure the pristine environment is protected. The local research station is dedicated to supporting research into all aspects of the botanical, marine and scientific wealth of the reefs.
  • Fishing Limited basic fishing equipment is available from the resort. Game fishermen come to Lizard Island from all over the world, especially from August to November, in search of the biggest game fish of all, the Black Marlin.
  • Flora and Fauna Wildlife abounds on the island. 11 species of lizards reside on the island including the lace monitor. Many species of geckos and skinks can be seen in the vegetation alongside walking tracks. Flying foxes feed after dusk on the nectar of melaleuca and eucalypt blossoms. More than 20 different bird species can be viewed on the island. Lizard Island is covered in grasslands, mangroves, paperbark and pandanus swamps. Wildflowers are abundant on the island. The resort has a list of the native plants for interested visitors.
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Island Lizard island is Australia’s most northern island resort and one of the most exclusive. The island is a one hour flight north of Cairns. Most of the is national park. It is remote, ruggedly spectacular and surrounded by the finest beaches of the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to coral reefs and countless tropical fish. Snorkelling ,diving , game fishing and glass bottom boat tours are very popular as is the bushwalking and wildlife. The islands only resort, houses forty exclusive and private rooms. Experience romantic dining on the beach in a private marquee. The Pavilion Spa, offers a range of massages, facials and other body treatments. There is also small secluded national park camping ground with minimal facilities located at Watsons Bay. Permits will be required. Tours can be arranged in and around the island.
  • National Park Lizard Island was declared a national park in 1939. The reefs, landscape, flora and fauna of the island are protected for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of nature. Within the 1,000 hectares of national park, there are plenty of bushwalks to cater to all levels of fitness.
  • Nature based Lizard Island is a nature based attraction and part of a World Heritage Wet Tropics region. National Parks and Wildlife assist in the care and maintenance of the environment to ensure our pristine environment is protected.
  • Rainforest
  • Reef Over 200 species of hard corals form the framework of the intricate and complex reef communities that surround the island. Try the clam gardens in Watson’s Bay or go to the Blue Lagoon or North Point where plate, boulder and fleshy soft corals can be found. Countless species of tropical and marine life such as feather stars, sea pens and sponges abound the surrounding reefs. The reefs are protected within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Every effort is made to ensure the pristine environment is protected. The local research station is dedicated to supporting research into all aspects of the botanical, marine and scientific wealth of the reefs.
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Water based The island gives you the opportunity to view tropical fish, birdlife and colourful coral as well as partaking in various activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, diving and much more.
  • Wildflower Lizard Island is covered in grasslands, mangroves, paperbark and pandanus foliage. Wildflowers are abundant on the island. The resort has a list of the native plants for interested visitors.
  • Wildlife Wildlife covers the island. 11 species of lizards reside on the island including the lace monitor. Many species of geckos and skinks can be seen in the vegetation alongside walking tracks. Flying foxes feed after dusk on the nectar of melaleuca and eucalypt blossoms. More than 20 different bird species can be viewed on the island.
  • World Heritage Lizard Island and the surrounding reefs are protected within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Every effort is made to ensure the pristine environment is protected. The local research station is dedicated to supporting research into all aspects of the botanical, marine and scientific wealth of the reefs.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Empty Nesters
  • Luxury
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Single
  • Wedding

Nearest Airport: Cairns

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