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Lizard Island

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Lizard Island is an award winning hotel offering the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity located directly on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Sensational diving opportunities abound and 24 deserted beaches await exploration.

At a Glance

  • Lizard Island is the ultimate in luxury in a stunning natural location

  • Sensational diving opportunities abound, including the famous Cod Hole

  • Activities at Lizard Island are all about the Great Barrier Reef - a World Heritage Site extending 2,000 kilometers along Australia’s east coast

  • Set right on the Great Barrier Reef and boasting its own beautiful fringing reefs, Lizard Island has the advantage of being able to offer diving enthusiasts both half and full day reef experiences

  • The waters surrounding Lizard Island boast some of the most exciting fishing in the world

Beach, Diving, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera as this was some of the best marine life I have ever seen.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Take a dinghy out for the day with a gourmet picnic to discover the many hidden coves and beaches of Lizard Island – Mermaid Cove is my favorite.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Walk up the beach to the Marlin Bar, to mingle with staff and visiting yachties for a sundowner.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Make sure you don your snorkel and mask and get in the water - we swam with 6 turtles at Casuarina Beach, just cruising through the shallows munching on the seagrass.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

One of the islands best sunsets can be seen by heading up a small hill behind the Marlin Bar. You get a fantastic view over the resort while the sun burns into the Coral Sea.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Lizard Island or take a look at our itineraries to Queensland


Lizard Island is Australia’s premier island resort, a national park and isolated haven in the heart of the great barrier reef offering no less than 24 exquisite white sand beaches and stylish, understated accommodation.

Each of the 40 luxury rooms, suites and villas are well appointed with a host of modern conveniences and a private veranda with views over the ocean or tropical gardens. Choose from Sunset Point Villas with great views from the private decks or Anchor Bay Suites, each with a pathway leading directly to the beach. The Pavilion is the ultimate accommodation, with a vast interior and a 270 degree spectacular view from its expansive deck with plunge pool.

Dining at Lizard Island is a simple and relaxed affair. The open-air restaurant, Osprey's, offers a daily changing menu fusing Asian, Australian and European dishes of the finest in local produce including wonderful fresh seafood and luscious tropical fruits. Private dining can also be arranged, a highlight being a 7 course dégustation menu with matching wine. The Bar and Lounge are open all day and have comfortable sofas for relaxing on and enjoying coffees, teas, juices and the extensive wine list.

The hotel has a wide array of activities available including tennis, nature walks, non-d water-sports, picnics to remote coves and diving on the inner and outer reefs. As an alternative to all of this exploration, a trip to the indulgent Azure Spa for one of the signature treatments is a great way to wind down after a busy day.


Lizard Island has 40 rooms. The Sunset Point Villas and Anchor Bay Suites all have a classic understated elegance and Bose sound systems, CDs and iPod connectivity. The Villas have large decked areas with room for comfy chairs and a hammock and have access to a string of private beaches. The suites are open plan with alfresco daybeds and The Pavilion is a private luxury retreat.

Anchor Bay Suites

Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main lodge, Anchor Bay Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a pathway leading directly to the beach. Seamlessly blending indoors and out in an elegant and spacious open plan design, a large verandah with daybed is one of the many comforts. Anchor Bay Suites also feature a Bose sound system with a CD player and iPod connectivity.

Sunset Point Villas

Sunset Point Villas are set high on Sunset Ridge among native eucalyptus bushland. Providing filtered sea views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach, these villas offer privacy and easy access

to a string of secluded beaches. Each villa has a private deck with comfortable Australian timber chairs and a hammock.

Anchor Bay Rooms

Located in a tropical Garden with easy access to Anchor Bay and the beach, Anchor Bay Rooms have a private balcony with a hammock. Interiors are compact but comfortable and include a Bose sound system with a CD player and iPod

connectivity. Anchor Bay Rooms with two separate sleeping areas are also available.

The Pavilion

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

An expansive decking area incorporates a private plunge pool, sun loungers and a day bed area, inviting guests to relax and take in the stunning views. Leaving the balcony to stroll down

a private path, guests will discover another secluded area where chairs and a table have been perfectly positioned to make the most of sea breezes and gorgeous views.

Inside, the Pavilion offers every comfort. A Bose sound system with a CD player and iPod connectivity and a laptop computer for downloading and sending emails are among some of the special features.

Champagne and a deluxe fruit bowl greet guests on arrival


Children under 12 are not accepted at Lizard Island but for families with older children, Anchor Bay has family rooms with two separate sleeping areas are available.


Osprey's restaurant serves wonderfully fresh fusion cuisine in a picturesque venue overlooking the ocean. They can also organize gourmet picnic hampers for beach side outings. The Bar & Lounge are open all day for drinks and with the comfortable sofas are a great place to curl up and read a book out of the sun. Lizard Island has a wonderful pampering spa which uses natural Australian products, a freshwater swimming pool, library, tennis courts and a gym.


Lizard Island offers all guests complimentary non-d water sports including paddle skis and kayaks and snorkeling gear. Beachside picnics, d dinghies, glass bottom boat trips, tennis and nature walks are also included in your stay here. Scuba diving and snorkeling trips, game fishing and sunset cruises can be organized at an additional charge.

Location & Directions

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Lizard Island Resort is a secluded island located right on the Great Barrier Reef, 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast of North Queensland. Lizard Island is a National Park covering 1,013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon.

When to go

April through November is the best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef, although southeast trade winds can sometimes make it a tad choppy at sea. December through March can be uncomfortably hot and humid, particularly as far north. In the winter months (June-Aug), the water can be a touch chilly (Aussies think so, anyway), but it rarely drops below 22°C.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Lizard Island or take a look at our itineraries to Queensland

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