My husband and I have traveled a fair amount and seen our share of the great outdoors (Galapagos, Pantanal, numerous amazing reefs in Hawaii and the Caribbean). But the combination of casual elegance, exceptional service, and natural wonders puts Lizard Island at the top of our travel list. We spent 3.5 weeks in Australia, and six nights of the trip were at Lizard Island. We loved every minute of it. We don’t dive, but excellent snorkeling is available right off several beaches, including the one near Osprey Island in front of the dive shack, where we saw a few anemone fish (Nemo), a black tipped reef shark, and numerous colorful and amazing fish. We were also able to take a dinghy to Clam Gardens one day (Giant Clams), and Mermaid Beach another (beautiful coral). We snorkeled from the beach every day and never felt the need to take one of the snorkeling trips.We are both biologists and loved seeing the large Gould’s sand monitor lizards on the island (the lizards are actually the reason we chose LI rather than any other island on the GBR), as well as a nice sized colony of flying foxes (fruit bats); we hiked to their roosting site right before dark and were rewarded with the amazing sights and sounds of them taking off to feed for the evening.
I probably don’t have a lot to add to the existing reviews of Lizard Island. We stayed in an Anchor Bay Suite which was spacious and lovely; spent hours on the lanai daybed reading the fascinating story of Mary Watson (later saw the “barrel” at a museum in Brisbane). Service was excellent – everyone was kind and helpful, and many of the young servers were quite enthusiastic and friendly. The staff at the dive shop were helpful and told us the best places to snorkel to meet our criteria (shallow and lots of fish). We were both very pleased with food and drink. Breakfast with fresh juices and yogurt of the day; an even better way to start the day were the grilled portabella mushrooms with goat cheese – YUM! Lunch for us was usually a gourmet picnic basket to take out with the dinghy. Post-lunch cocktails of the day, then a lovely dinner, often with Asian influences and fresh from the sea. And our first taste of kangaroo!
We hope to make it back to Lizard Island again in our lifetimes, it is one fabulous place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lizard Island Hotel Lizard Island
- Lizard Island Resort All Inclusive