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Great Barrier Reef – Lizard Island


  • Air-conditioning
  • Fan
  • iPod dock
  • Minibar
  • Freshwater pool
  • Day spa
  • Restaurant
  • Private deck

Overview – Lizard Island

The epitome of barefoot luxury, Lizard Island offers idyllic beachside accommodation right on the Great Barrier Reef.

Named by Captain Cook for its large resident population of yellow-spotted monitors, Lizard Island is home to 24 powdery sand beaches, national park as well as the Great Barrier Reef’s northernmost resort. An important seabird nesting site, Lizard Island is not just an ornithological paradise, but a cultural and historical treasure studded with ancient Aboriginal shell middens and remnants of early European settlement. As the islet is ringed by coral cays, there are a wealth of remarkable snorkel and dive sites.

The secluded property which shares the island’s name offers a range of understated yet very comfortable rooms, villas and suites facing west towards Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach. With their neutral colour scheme and liberal use of light-coloured timbers, accommodations have a beachy, laid-back feel and are fitted with air conditioning, sound system and minibar. Thoughtful touches include an aromatherapy oil burner, reading material in addition to beach-going essentials such as towels and umbrellas.

Tariffs are inclusive of meals and most beverages (except private dining, cocktails and cellar wines). Rates also include a wide range of complimentary activities including use of the gym, tennis, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, catamaran hire and short motorised dinghy trips. Picnic lunch hampers can be put together for free, if you wish to spend your day out exploring the island.

For additional cost, staff can organise snorkel and dive trips to reefs farther afield, as well as sunset cruises and private fishing charters. Lizard Island boasts some of the best game fishing in the world, and black marlin weighing more than a thousand pounds have been caught in these waters. If you’re after a romantic beach-side meal for a special occasion, the chef can arrange a 7-course degustation dinner menu with matching wines.

Take a refreshing dip in the resort’s freshwater pool or de-stress at the day spa. Mobile phone coverage is non-existent, but there is a guest lounge where free Wi-Fi is available. Books, board games and a dedicated kids’ club will keep the youngsters entertained. Please note that children under 9 years of age are not catered for at this resort.

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Rooms – Lizard Island

Light, bright and breezy, the resort’s rooms, suites and villas offer easy beach access and premium appliances including Bang & Olufsen sound system, LCD Smart TV and climate control. Pavilion and Villa guests are served sunset champagne and canapés in-room daily.

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Beach View Room 44m²
The Beach View Room faces Anchor Bay and comes with a king or two single beds, a sitting area and an outdoor deck. Capacity: 2 persons

Beach View Suite 62m²
This family-friendly bay-facing suite has a king bed, double sofa bed and a balcony or patio with outdoor seating. Capacity: 4 persons

Sunset Point Villa 59m²
This king-bedded villa is steps from Sunset Beach and has a private deck and large day bed on which to savour island sunsets. Capacity: 2 persons

Sunset Point Plunge Pool Villa 55m²
Almost identical to the Sunset Point Villa with the added luxury of a private plunge pool.Capacity: 2 persons

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Anchor Bay Suite 87m²
With a king or two single beds, the Anchor Bay Suite looks over the ocean and is a spacious option for couples. A rollaway bed can be added for a third guest. Capacity: 3 persons

The Pavilion 97m²
Nestled on Sunset Point, high above the Coral Sea, the Pavilion has a king bed, its own plunge pool, large deck with outdoor seating, in-room Wi-Fi and a laptop. A rollaway double bed can be added if required. Capacity: 4 persons

The Villa 154m²
The Villa commands ocean vistas and has a huge private pool, living area and butler’s kitchen. Its two bedrooms (1 king, 2 king singles) have adjoining bathrooms, with a freestanding tub in the master ensuite. Capacity: 4 persons

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Facilities – Lizard Island

  • Selection of rooms, suites and villas
  • Salt Water Restaurant
  • Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar
  • Essentia Day Spa
  • Guest lounge with free Wi-Fi
  • Freshwater pool
  • Library
  • Boutique
  • Gym
  • Tennis court
  • Water sports equipment hire
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Activities – Lizard Island

  • Walking trails
  • Snorkelling at local reefs
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Nature slide presentations
  • Beachside picnics

Activities at extra cost:

  • Diving and snorkelling trips to outer reefs
  • Game fishing (seasonal)
  • Sunset cruises
  • Glass bottom boat trips
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Getting There

There are regular flights from all Australian capital cities to Cairns. East Air operates a 60-minute connecting flight from Cairns to Lizard Island. Passengers on this connection are restricted to one suitcase and one small carry-on, with a maximum combined luggage limit of 32kg. On arrival, you are met and transferred to the resort.

Combine With

For a completely different perspective of this region, known as Tropical Far North Queensland, head back to the mainland and explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Alternatively, venture inland to Crystalbrook Lodge for a taste of authentic outback hospitality.

  • A stylish resort on a nature reserve in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Opportunities for snorkelling, kayaking and sailing
  • Lizard Island National Park, a birdwatcher’s paradise
  • Centuries-old Aboriginal shell middens
  • Fascinating early settler ruins
  • Sheltered coves and unspoilt coral reef
  • More than 1,500 fish and 400 coral species
  • Sea turtles, giant clams, Maori wrasse and potato cod
  • Picture-perfect tropical island scenery
  • Diverse dive sites including the world-famous Cod Hole

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