Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef Australia

Lizard Island: Pure indulgence, relaxation and seclusion, in the lap of luxury, right on the Great Barrier Reef.

Location: Lizard island, Great Barrier Reef (an hour’s flight from Cairns).

Style: Lizard Island is the northernmost resort on the Great Barrier Reef and one of the world’s first certified eco-lodges. An ultra-exclusive luxury resort, it’s flanked by tropical palm trees and gorgeous powder-white beaches in a setting that looks right out of a picture book!

The 40 beachfront suites and villas mean that your privacy is extremely well-guarded here. And that continues on the beaches as well - at Lizard Island, you don’t have to venture onto any public beaches for relaxation. Instead, you can relax and sunbathe on one of the resort’s 24(!) private beaches.

Water and reef activities are abundant as well, with world-class diving and snorkelling, water-skiing, catamaran sailing, paddle skiing, tennis, hiking and bushwalking.    

Suitable for: Couples, families, groups of friends, weddings and honeymoons, island retreats.

Wellness: The Essential Day Spa at the Lizard Island resort offers specialty massages, hand and foot therapy, hibiscus beach massages, and other signature treatments using the finest natural, raw ingredients from La Biosthetique.

Green facts: In 1996, Lizard Island launched the Advanced Ecotourism Certified and GreenPath Ambassador Ecotourism Certification, which is Ecotourism Australia's flagship program.

Its commitment to practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and the provision of quality ecotourism experiences are honoured by the Delaware North Australia Parks and Resorts, which owns and operates Lizard Island, thereby creating a greener, more sustainable business.

Lizard Island is also part of an environmental management system called GreenPath that applies to every site where Delaware North is located, and focuses on the total environmental impact of their operations - i.e. water and energy use, packaging, lighting, waste, and food sourcing.

Lizard Island’s other sustainable initiatives include:

  • Minimizing its environmental impact by using diesel generators and solar power, biofuel, LED lights.
  • Composting, recycling, and wastewater irrigation systems.
  • 60% of all lodge waste is recycled or used in an alternative manner.
  • Chefs at Lizard Island source local food from vendors and markets in and around Cairns.
  • Resort guests receive stainless water bottles on arrival; they can fill these with the still or sparkling natural spring water that flows from the resort’s underground well.