LIZARD ISLAND
Lizard Island's 24 spectacular beaches offer fabulous snorkelling and diving in some of the clearest waters of any Great Barrier Reef island. This 1,000 hectare rainforest clad island has been a National Park since 1939, and there are also a number of walking trails around the island. You can hike to the island's highest point, Cook's Look, for breathtaking panoramic views as far as the eye can see.
PLEASE NOTE: LIZARD ISLAND IS OFF THE COAST OF COOKTOWN, 260 KILOMETRES NORTH OF CAIRNS. CHILDREN UNDER 10 YEARS ARE NOT CATERED FOR, AND THERE IS NO RESORT ACCESS TO DAY TRIPPERS.
Tranquil Lizard Island from the air. To the indigenous Dingaal people who inhabited the island before Captain Cook arrived, the island was considered a sacred place, used for the initiation of the young men of the tribe. The Dingaal believed that this group of islands were created during the Dreamtime and they called it Dyiigurra, or 'stingray', due to its shape. They saw Lizard Island itself making up the body of the stingray and the rest of the islands of the group forming the tail.

The first European exploration of the island was by Captain Cook, who - from the top of the hill now known as Cook's Look - surveyed a suitable passage away from the island. A century later, Captain Robert Watson and his ill-fated wife, MARY BEATRICE WATSON, established themselves on the island. The ruins of the cottage they built are still visible.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - LIZARD ISLAND

Spectacular diving opportunities abound in the Marine National Park around Lizard Island, and snorkellers will find coral gardens, brightly coloured tropical fish and giant clams just moments from the island's beaches. You can discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorised dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two. Try a gentle bushwalk, sailing, fishing or a glass bottom boat trip. Every year between September to December the rich waters attract game fishers in pursuit of the Black Marlin.

The Lizard Island Resort has snorkelling gear, motorised dinghies, deep sea diving, and a glass bottommed boat.

Please, bear in mind that fishing is not allowed from most parts of the island, neither is collecting animals or plants, alive or dead, including shells.

The Lizard Island Research Station, which is a world-leading supplier of on-reef facilities for coral reef research and education, is open to visitors as well. Tours of the Research Station are conducted for guests of the Lizard Island Resort on Monday and Friday mornings. These are arranged through the Resort.

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Coral Princess Cruise is a Great Barrier Reef and Island experience you will never forget. Offering four night cruises between Cairns and Lizard Island or seven night trips between Cairns, Pelorus Island and Lizard Island, Coral Princess Cruises offer a truly magical and meaningful journey.

You will find all the comforts and facilities you would expect from larger cruise ships, but you will still be able to access reef and island sites inaccessible to larger vessels. With their open bridge policy and a maximum of just 50 passengers, your environmental experience will be both personal and memorable.

And there is as much to as you want, or as little to do as you like - snorkelling, guided coral viewing excursions in glass bottom boats, scuba diving, guided rainforest walks and presentations by Marine Biologists - or simply take the time to relax on the sundeck or in the spa. The choice is yours!

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Skysafaris fly to Lizard Island on their Cooktown tour. The tour, departing from Cairns, includes a guided visit to Cooktown and the James Cook Museum and an afternoon flight to Lizard Island, where guests will enjoy fabulous snorkelling as well as a champagne and cheese beach picnic.

DAINTREE AIR SERVICES
Phone (07) 4034 9300 / Fax (07) 4034 9400
Daintree Air Services offer a full day tour to Lizard Island departing from Cairns. The tour allows you to enjoy the magnificence of the reef from the air and six full hours the explore this pristine national park, either by yourself or with the guide.

KESTREL AVIATION SERVICES
Phone / Fax (07) 4045 1372
Including more than three hours flying over the Great Barrier Reef, Kestrel Aviation Services run full day tours to Lizard Island. The tour includes a short walk to beautiful Watsons Bay and snorkelling in crystal clear water to view the hundreds of species of colourful reef fish and diverse coral formations.

PORT DOUGLAS REEF CHARTERS
Phone 0439 910 133
Departing from Cairns, Port Douglas Reef Charters run a day tour to Lizard Island, with includes a scenic flight to Lizard Island, snorkelling in Watson's bay, lunch, all equipment and tuition. They also run a one day helicopter tour to Blue Lagoon Lizard Island via Cooktown.

ACCOMMODATION - LIZARD ISLAND

The Lizard Island Resort is away from everything, and is a perfect hideaway. Australia's northernmost resort, Lizard recently underwent a $13 million rebuild, and is located right on the Great Barrier Reef, fringed with coral reefs and powdery white beaches. It is popular among celebrities, and there are no day trippers. But please note that children under 12 years are not catered for.

The Island Resort houses 40 exclusive and private rooms of varying styles. Each of the 40 Villas are elegant and spacious, designed so the indoors and outdoors blend in an elegant open plan design each with ocean or beach views. All meals and many island activities are included in the tariff.

There are also camping facilities on the island, albeit fairly basic. You'll find a fireplace, pit toilet, and water. You will need to bring all supplies, including coal as all the wood on the island is protected. For more information on camping on Lizard Island, please visit our NATIONAL PARKS page.



DINING - LIZARD ISLAND

Lizard Island Resort's restaurant, Osprey's, has a spacious verandah overlooking the beach in a relaxed and intimate setting for a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu showcases the finest local produce, of course especially fresh local seafood, with such dishes as fresh coral trout panfried and served with a passion-fruit sauce. An excellent wine list complements the menu. Guests are welcome to request special dishes, and gourmet picnic hampers for beachside outings are available on request daily.

GETTING TO LIZARD ISLAND

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Take in a tropical coastline and mountain scenic flight before flying across the Coral Sea to the shores of the luxurious Lizard Island. Enjoy a gourmet cheese platter and premium Australian white wine while appreciating the magical surrounds. Explore the vibrant and lively reefs while swimming alongside the locals with fins. Walk, snorkel or just relax at one of the worlds most exclusive and idyllic locations, now that's a holiday

HINTERLAND AVIATION
Phone (07) 4035 9323 / Fax (07) 4034 9472
Lizard Island is a one hour flight north of Cairns, 93 kilometres north-east off the coast from Cooktown. Basically, the only way to get to Lizard Island is by plane. It is connected to Cairns by daily scheduled flights. Hinterland Aviation operates a daily service.

Tranquil Lizard Island from the air. A quiet beach on Lizard Island.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service :

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