Those in search of real escape continue to voyage to Lizard Island for a rare and remarkable reef experience…
Lizard Island is beautiful, natural and wild. It is also the most northern resort on the Great Barrier Reef, lying in languid waters 28km off Tropical North Queensland. The island covers over 1,000 hectares, with 24 white-sand beaches, a famous blue lagoon and a fabulous fringing reef.
The Resort comprises 40 luxurious suites for the select few guests who land on the island – your base from which to do nothing more than languish by the azure waters, or indulge in premium activities like game fishing for Black Marlin and diving the Great Barrier Reef.
On Lizard you’ll meet its most famous residents, the Monitors (after which the island is named), prolific birdlife and of course the marine species of the reefs, including dazzling tropical fish, 70-year-old giant clams and coral – all but a leisurely snorkel from the beach.
Because every day is a celebration on Lizard, your tariff includes gourmet meals and beverages.
Close to some of the most spectacular dive sites along the Great Barrier Reef and one of the most isolated resorts in Australia. No wonder Russell Crowe chose Lizard Island for his honeymoon… – Condé Nast Traveller (UK)
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands – it is also the planet’s biggest single living structure made by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It stretches for over 2,600km, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres.
A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use.
Explore Anchor and Watson’s bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski
Snorkelling equipment and lessons
Interpretive glass bottom boat tours
Tennis — day and night, with all equipment supplied
Picnic hampers for romantic and secluded beachside lunches
Paddle ski tours
Nature slide presentations
Other Activities (charges apply)
Diving and snorkelling trips to the inner or outer Reef
Full or half day private game fishing (Black Marlin season is from September to December)
Azure Spa treatments
Research station tours
Lizard Island dive and fishing charters on MV Fascination
Champagne sunset cruises
Packages include all meals and beverages. Ospreys Restaurant is the idyllic setting to take full advantage of the views along the seascape for a special dining experience on Lizard Island. With an emphasis on fresh seafood and superb local produce, the daily changing menus draw on the flavours of modern Australian, Asian and European cuisine. Gourmet picnic hampers for beachside outings are available on request daily.
For a special Lizard Island dining experience, at an additional cost, you can choose a private dining experience with a 7-course degustation menu and matching wine selection from the Cellar Master List, choosing from two beautiful beach locations. Prior to dinner, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Chef to discuss your menu. Minimal service interruptions ensure the ultimate seclusion and privacy.
Private dining can be booked on arrival or during your stay at Lizard Island.
Perched high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Ridge, The Pavilion combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach.
An expansive decking area incorporates a private plunge pool, sun lounges and a daybed area, inviting guests to relax and take in the stunning views. Leaving the balcony to stroll down a private path, guests will discover another secluded area where chairs and a table have been perfectly positioned to make the most of the sea breezes and gorgeous views.
Inside, the Pavilion offers every comfort. Bollinger and a deluxe fruit bowl greet guests on arrival. A laptop computer for downloading and sending emails is among some of the special features.
Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main Lodge, Anchor Bay Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a pathway leading directly to the beach. Seamlessly blending indoors and out in an elegant and spacious open plan design, a large verandah with daybed is one of the many designer comforts.
Sunset Point Villas are set high on Sunset Ridge amongst native eucalyptus bushland. Providing filtered sea views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach, these Villas offer privacy and easy access to a string of secluded beaches. Each Villa has a private deck with comfortable Australian timber chairs and a hammock. Inside, the mix of colours and textures creates a calm retreat with the surrounding coastal bushland the inspiration for the understated and elegant design.
Located in a tropical garden setting with easy access to Anchor Bay and the beach, Anchor Bay Rooms have a private balcony with hammock. Interiors are compact but comfortable. Family Rooms offer two separate sleeping areas.
Nearest major City/Town
City – Cairns
Scheduled or jet flight to Cairns Airport. Light aircraft to Lizard Island takes approximately 60 minutes.
Lizard Island is open all year. The best time to travel in the region is from April to November. From December to March is the wet season, when you are likely to experience high humidity and rain, particularly in the months of February and March.