During his epic voyage of 1770, Captain James Cook climbed the peak on Lizard Island to chart a course out to sea through the maze of reefs which confronted him. Today Lizard Island offers an escape of a different kind. A unique holiday on the Great Barrier Reef’s northernmost island – the Lizard Island Resort.
This Lizard Island Accommodation is truly secluded from the rest of the world. With 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites, it is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef.
A National Park covering 1,013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon, Lizard Island is accessible only by private charter from Cairns Airport in northern Queensland, Australia. Cairns Airport is accessible from all major Australian airports and directly from some cities in Asia.
The island is reserved for the fortunate few who will experience an unforgettable holiday like no other. Enjoy secluded picnics and sunset beach degustation on private beaches, five-star cuisine in the beautiful Salt Water restaurant and indulgent spa treatments in the Essential Day Spa. Relax in style in premium Lizard Island accommodation and take in the wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – right on your doorstep.
One of Australia‘s natural treasures…
Here, at the Lizard Island Resort, you can snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, many a metre long and some reputed to be over 120 years old. And there are 23 more soft, powdery white beaches just waiting to be explored. Lizard Island Accommodation is renowned for its diving. At the world famous ‘Cod Hole’, you’ll come face to face with a massive yet curious Potato Cod swimming right up to inspect you with child-like curiosity.
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. Healthy appetites are then rewarded with superb dining – fresh local produce prepared with European and Asian influence.
You’ll find all meals and most activities are included in the tariff and although remote, access is easy.
- Catamarans, paddle skis & sailboards
- Glass bottom boat trips
- Motorised dinghies
- Snorkelling equipment and lessons
- Tennis – day & night (equipment supplied)
- Picnic hampers for beachside lunches
- Self-guided island walks and nature trails
Other Activities (charges apply)
- Diving and snorkelling trips to the inner or outer Reef
- Diving tuition – limited
- Night diving
- Full or half day private game fishing on MV Corcoran (Black Marlin season is from September to November)
- Pavilion Spa treatments
- Research station tours
- Lizard Island Dive & Fishing Charters
This open verandah restaurant overlooks the beach and ocean in an intimate setting for a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lizard cuisine showcases the finest local produce with the emphasis on local seafood, lush tropical fruits, premium product and the diversity of cultures that have shaped the Australian food scene. The menu changes daily, while guests are welcome to request special dishes. Gourmet picnic hampers for beachside outings are available on request daily. Please advise of any special dietary needs in advance.
The essence of Lizard Island is infused in every spa treatment at the Azure Spa. The Island’s timeless beauty, its pristine white sands and tranquil clear blue waters are at once the inspiration and foundation of many of its signature treatments. The Azure Spa offers a range of treatments that fuse ancient secrets and essential elements with therapies designed to provide total harmony between health, beauty and nature.
Each therapy is a blend of marine and other natural elements designed to balance the physical and emotional body and refresh the mind and spirit.
Lizard Island Climate
The Lizard Island Resort enjoys a luxurious tropical climate, with an an average year-round temperature of approximately 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit).
Regular flights are available from all major Australian capital cities to Lizard Island via Cairns with Qantas and Virgin Blue.
Hinterland Aviation operates the connecting flights between Cairns and Lizard Island, flights take approximately 60 minutes. If you would prefer a transfer to meet your schedule, charter flights can be organised.
Cairns to Lizard 11am, 2pm
Return: 12.30pm, 15.25pm