The final stop on my island taster tour was Lizard Island, just an hour’s light aircraft flight from Cairns. If you want an island directly on the Great Barrier Reef, where at the end of a sandy pathway lays the ocean hiding, just briefly until you don your snorkel, a myriad of aquatic life – boxes are ticked. The accommodation style is relaxed, rustic, beach chic – that’s white washed wooden panelled walls, polished timber floors, soft blue hues and white cotton in abundance to you and I. The obligatory day bed adorns the deck and the ceiling fans tick gently overhead. A wooden board walks linked this Anchor Bay Suite with the main lodge, where the bar and restaurant stays open all day. Meals take advantage (but not too much so) of the watery surrounds, however as the island is National Park, restrictions are in place so the opportunity for a kitchen garden are limited. Nevertheless, with twice daily flights, no one goes hungry and it certainly doesn’t curtail the imagination of the chef as the degustation menus and incredible beach barbeque proved.