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Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island - Great Barrier Reef

"An oasis of peace & tranquility"

As the northern most resort on the Great Barrier Reef, and a luxury lodge of Australia, Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. This is just one wonderful Lizard Island fact that makes it like nowhere else. Add 24 private beaches, and with only 40 suites and villas, that means a private beach for every guest, couple or group. The hour flight from Cairns allows you to take in the true majesty and scale of the reef, and the resort is literally on the reef – no long boat rides are needed to enjoy one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

Location:Lizard Island is the northern most island resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef - 240 kilometres north of Cairns.
Perfect for:Couples wanting an exclusive escape.
Why we love it:The most luxurious island retreat located in the remote northerly section of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Like Nowhere Else

The only resort located on a 1,013-hectare National Park and literally on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island offers seclusion and natural privacy that you will cherish.

With only 40 rooms and villas and 24 private beaches, escape to your own private beach for a day exploring the reef, taking in the incredible nature around you and all while never seeing another person. In a world of over 7.5 billion people – this experience is designed for just two.

Exploring and experiencing Lizard Island can be enjoyed by taking part in a number of guided tours, either to the inner and outer reefs, the Research Station, or on nature walks and challenging hikes to the top of Cook’s Look. Alternatively, you can explore the island on a self-guided tour, taking in the beauty at your own pace.

Essentia Day Spa is designed as a natural extension of the calm tranquility of the resort, encouraging you to relax, rejuvenate and re-balance. Private and couple treatment rooms and a full menu of relaxing and therapeutic treatments are offered.

Fresh, local produce from the coast, mainland hinterland and waters of tropical north Queensland drive the daily menu with seasonal variety and flavours inspired by the many cultures that make up the melting pot of the local area.

Lizard Island hosts no more than 82 guests and we aspire to deliver an experience, ambience and service that is warm, welcoming, professional and passionate.

Lizard Island presents elegant, yet understated Great Barrier Reef accommodation in a variety of rooms and suites. 

All Lizard Island Resort rooms and suites offer serene luxury and a private location on the Great Barrier Reef in which to enjoy your stay.

The Villa has set a new aspiration for accommodation, privacy and service at Lizard Island. Sleeping up to five guests, The Villa is secluded, sitting atop a ridge and commanding uninterrupted views across Sunset Beach and the Coral Sea.

Perched high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Bay, The Pavilion combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach.

Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main lodge and restaurant, Beachfront Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a private pathway leading directly to the beach. Disabled access rooms are available.

Oceanview Villas are set high on Sunset Bay. Providing filtered sea views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach, these Villas offer privacy and easy access to a string of secluded beaches. Select Oceanview Villas have their own private plunge pool.

Gardenview Rooms and Suites are located in a tropical garden setting with easy access to the natural beauty of Anchor Bay and the beach.

In every Lizard Island stay and in all of our Special Offers are the following inclusions:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Gourmet meals daily
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • A fine selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and sparkling wine
  • Your own in-room mini bar, restocked daily
  • Deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings*
  • Access to a motorised dinghy to explore the many beaches*
  • Unlimited use of stand up paddle boards*
  • Unlimited use of clearview sea kayaks*
  • Snorkelling gear for the duration of your stay*

Please note: Lizard Island caters to children 10 years old and over.

Complimentary Activities included in your Lizard Island stay

  • Self-guided island walks and nature trails
  • Picnic hampers to be enjoyed on one of 24 private beaches
  • Tennis (day and night)
  • Nature slide presentations
  • Gymnasium
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Snorkeling equipment and lessons
  • Motorised dinghies
  • Glass bottom boat trips.

Other Activities (Charges Apply)

  • Research Station tours
  • Diving and snorkeling trips to the Local, Inner or Outer Reef
  • Dive Tuition (limited)
  • Full or half Day private diving, snorkeling or game fishing on MV Fascination (Black Marlin season is from September to December)
  • Sunset Cruise

Salt Water Restaurant

Simple and relaxed, Salt Water Restaurant is in an idyllic setting, allowing you to take full advantage of the 180-degree ocean views whilst enjoying the stunning food inspired by the freshest local produce from the waters around the island and from the hinterland of the mainland – much of which arrives on daily flights.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at Salt Water with menus changing daily.

Private Beach Picnic Hampers

With 24 beaches to select from, you can select your own picnic basket content the night before and then following day, take your picnic by a private dinghy and motor to a beach of your choice, or have one of our Marine team drop you off and return later to collect you at a predetermined time.

The true luxury of this signature Lizard Island experience is that you will have your chosen beach to yourselves.

Private beach picnics are included in your Lizard Island stay.

Degustation Beachside Dining

Two private beach pavilions sit on Anchor bay – each commanding spectacular views of the nightly sunsets. Prior to your dinner, you will meet with our Executive Chef to discuss and design the 7-course degustation menu with accompanying wines. Be sure to reserve early as these are one of the most popular dining experiences on the island and book out early

Driftwood Bar

In the evening, enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Driftwood where you get the chance to reconnect with others you may have met throughout the day – or – simply enjoy a drink watching the sun set.

Lizard Island wine and beverage list is inclusive in your stay – however – if you wish to select from the much acclaimed Cellar list – there will be an additional charge.

Marlin Bar

When you arrive at the Marlin Bar it is like stepping back in time – as the Bar remains almost untouched from its original rustic style and ambience that has thrilled sailors, guests and deep sea fishermen since the 1970’s.

One concession to this has been the introduction of a wood fire pizza oven; we invite you to enjoy a stroll down the boardwalk and enjoy authentic pizza and a glass of wine in this iconic location. Marlin Bar opens on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monday is beef and burger night, Wednesday is pizza night and Friday is tapas night.

Lizard Island Food & Wine Events

Great food and wine is just what we do on Lizard Island – our culinary and cellar teams have a passion for creating events where the food and wine is elevated to new heights. Partnering with guest chefs and boutique and leading vineyards – we invite you to subscribe if you would like us to share with you details of upcoming events.

  • Reception is open from 7.00am to 11.00pm
  • Major credit cards accepted
  • Limited foreign exchange
  • Travelers cheque facilities
  • Guest facsimile facilities
  • Book and games library
  • Island boutique
  • First aid clinic
  • Freshwater swimming pool
  • Tennis court – night and day, equipment supplied
  • Daily laundry service – unfortunately, no dry cleaning service is available
  • The Essentia Day Spa offering a range of massages, facials and other body treatments
  • Gymnasium
  • Disabled facilities available
  • Guest Lounge with complimentary Internet access
  • Safety deposit facilities located in room