Beautiful Lizard Island offers a rare combination of contemporary comfort and island wilderness.

Natural and wild, this is Australia's northernmost resort and it lies right on the Great Barrier Reef. As a private island, there are no day trippers – so the 24 powdery beaches, lagoon and 1000 acres of national park are all exclusively for guests to explore. There are coral gardens ideal for snorkelling just moments from the shore, and sensational diving includes nearby Cod Hole. Be sure to look out for the monitor lizards that inspired Captain Cook to give the island its name.

The resort itself exudes laid-back luxury and its facilities are fresh, elegant and understated. Dine at Salt Water Restaurant alongside the Driftwood Bar, serving superb seafood and fresh local produce, arrange a gourmet picnic hamper, or request the seven-course degustation menu with matching wine selection at your choice of two beach locations. The new international Wine Cellar is a visual focus, with a menu created exclusively for Lizard Island by Australian wine critic, Jeremy Oliver.

The rooms, villas and suites have a gorgeous ‘beach chic’ design with muted tones. Choose between various settings – in the tropical gardens close to the beach, along Anchor Bay, or high up on Sunset Bay with views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach. Oceanview Plunge Pool Villas are perfect if you enjoy taking a dip, while The Pavilion and The Villa offer the ultimate in secluded luxury.

All Inclusive

All Inclusive

Indulgent holidays with everything taken care of.

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Key information

Australia's northernmost resort, right on the Great Barrier Reef

Airport transfer time: A scenic 1 hour flight from Cairns straight to the island’s airstrip
Rooms: 40

Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough
Lizard Island was revisited by David Attenborough as part of the BBC’s ‘Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough’ series – 60 years after his first visit, back when it was uninhabited. Stay at this laid-back luxe 40-room resort to follow in his footsteps exploring the breathtaking 1000-acre national park and go behind-the-scenes with a guided tour of its world-class research station.

Good to know

Children over 10 are welcome. A luggage restriction of 25kg (including hand luggage) and small and/or soft suitcases are preferred, due to limited luggage space in the charter aircraft.

Accommodation information

40 rooms, villas and suites

Activities

• Dive the world-famous Cod Hole, just a short boat ride away*• Take a guided tour of the research station* • Arrange a picnic hamper for a romantic beachside lunch on one of the secluded coves • Check out the island’s nature calendar and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife • Follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook on a hike to the summit of ‘Cook’s Look’.

Dining

Restaurant, lounge bar, private dining

What's included

All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Salt Water • Selected drinks including fine Australian wines, cocktails and Champagne • Deluxe picnic hampers • Tennis • Non-motorised watersports and motorised dinghies.

*Denotes local charge