Travel Australia: Visit Lizard Island

Travel Australia: Visit Lizard Island

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. With 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites, it is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef.

A National Park covering 1,013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon, Lizard Island is accessible only by private charter from Cairns Airport in northern Queensland, Australia. Cairns Airport is accessible from all major Australian airports and directly from some cities in Asia.

The island is reserved for the fortunate few who will experience an unforgettable holiday like no other. Enjoy secluded picnics and sunset beach degustation on private beaches, five star cuisine in the beautiful Salt Water restaurant and indulgent spa treatments in the Essentia Day Spa. Relax in style in premium accommodation and take in the wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – right on your doorstep.


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Check-in / out times
Check-in 3:00pm / Check-out 11:00am.

Tropical climate, average year round temperature of 27°C (81°F).

What Should I Wear?
Lizard Island does not have a strict dress code but we would suggest relaxed, casual wear during the day and perhaps something a little more special for dinner. For ladies, relaxed evening wear and for men, collared shirts and long trousers and/or tailored shorts.

What to Bring
We recommend you include suitable footwear for the beach and Island walks.

Restaurant & Bar Facilities
Salt Water Restaurant
Breakfast is available from 7:00am to 10:30am, lunch from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and dinner from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. Simple and relaxed, Salt Water Restaurant is the idyllic setting to take full advantage of the views along the seascape. With an accent on fresh seafood and superb local produce, the daily changing menus draw on the flavours of modern Australian, Asian and European cuisine.

Bar & Lounge
The Resort’s relaxed lounge, open all day, offers comfortable sofas and an inviting bar area. Enjoy tropical juices, coffee and tea, Australian and imported beers. The extensive wine list features Australian and New Zealand wines or you may select your favourite spirits, liqueurs or cocktails. A Cellar Masters list is also available if you wish to purchase a special wine for the occasion.

Signature Beach Dining Experience
For a special Lizard Island dining experience, choose from two beautiful beach locations. Prior to dinner, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Chef to discuss your 7-course degustation menu and matching wine selection. Minimal service interruptions ensure the ultimate seclusion and privacy.
Private dining can be booked on arrival or during your stay at Lizard Island. Additional charges apply.

Meetings, Conferences & Incentives
Lizard Island is perfect for incentive groups of up to 6 rooms or the Resort is also available for sole use booking.

Complimentary Activities

Self-guided island walks and nature trails
Picnic hampers for beachside lunches
Tennis (day and night)
Nature slide presentations
Paddle skis
Snorkelling equipment and lessons
Motorised dinghies
Glass bottom boat trips.

Other Activities (Charges Apply)

Research Station Tours
Diving and Snorkelling trips to the Local, Inner or Outer Reef
Dive Tuition (limited)
Full or Half Day private diving, snorkelling or game fishing on MV Fascination (Black Marlin season is from September to December)
Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise.

Essentia Day Spa
Azure Spa offers a range of treatments inspired by nature to nurture the mind, body and spirit using products from La Biosthetique — a high performance range of Parisian spa care products working in harmony with your own bio-chemistry. Due to the popularity of our spa treatments, reservations are essential. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book in advance.

Mobile Phones
Mobile phone coverage is not available on Lizard Island.

Air Connections — regular and charter via Cairns with Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.
The flight between Cairns and Lizard Island is operated by East Air Aviation and takes approximately 60 minutes.
Please note; on the service from Cairns to Lizard Island passengers are restricted to one suitcase and one small carry-on item of hand luggage each. Soft suitcases are preferable. A limit of 32kg (maximum) eg. 28kg check-in luggage and 4kg carry-on applies (subject to loading restrictions).

Lizard Island cater for children 10 years and older.


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
Disabled facilities available
Guest Lounge with complimentary Internet access
Safety deposit facilities located in room

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