Lizard Island Resort | Cook Shire | Queensland

Cook Shire

Property Description

Lizard Island, Australia’s northern-most island beach resort, is truly secluded from the rest of the world. It is uniquely located right on the Great Barrier Reef, 240 kilometers north of Cairns, and has 24 powdery-white beaches, over 1000 hectares of national park, 40 understated beach luxe suites, the Essentia Day Spa, and the bluest of clear blue ocean views from every angle.

The beaches are undisturbed but for occasional footprints. Coral reef gardens fringe the island shimmering in brilliant colour beneath clear turquoise water. Giant clams laze on the seabed as nosey Potato Cod keep watch. Here, the marine life is renowned the world over. Lizard Island seduces with a multitude of reef and water activities. Sensational diving opportunities abound, including the famous Cod Hole or snorkel straight from the beach to experience coral gardens, brightly coloured tropical fish. The nearby Ribbon Reefs are renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world. These must-do reef activities are delivered by a highly professional and fun team at the resort’s Beach Club. Lizard Island has a stunning choice of private villas, suites, or the Pavilion. In addition to the reef and water activities, are secluded picnics on private beaches, superb food and wine in the open and expansive main lodge area and indulgent spa treatments to complete the Lizard Island experience.

A stay on Lizard Island in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef includes luxury accommodation, gourmet meals, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, selected fine Australian and New Zealand Wines, beer, spirits and Champagne at Salt Water Restaurant and Driftwood Bar and Wine Cellar, picnic hampers, in room mini-bar, use of non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies. Additional charges apply for Cocktails, the Cellar Master List and Beachside Degustation menus.


Villa’s clifftop location provides you with the ultimate privacy and stunning ocean vistas whilst the interior delivers on space and understated elegance.

Interiors by Hecker Guthrie focus on natural tones and finishes that together with the natural and ambient light create a residential style and experience that is the epitome of understated elegance with a subtle infusion of indulgence.

Featuring two bedrooms, both with en-suites, the master with a luxury bath, The Villa can accommodate up to 5 guests. The open plan lounge and dining area is complete with a kitchenette, with double doors leading to an expansive deck, overlooking a private plunge pool. Guests will be able to enjoy daily sunset champagne and canapés served in their room.

Private dining is available in The Villa, with your own personal chef and wait staff as required for an additional cost. Please advise resort reception with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice.

The Pavilion:

Positioned high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Bay. The Pavilion combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach. The Hecker Guthrie designed interiors offer a neutral palette with touches of colour that take their inspiration from the reef – coral, blue and green.

The lounge area has glass sliding doors opening onto a majestic wrap around deck creating a sense of understated elegance and offers the perfect inside-out ambience. The plunge pool and private gazebo are perfectly positioned to make the most of the sea breeze with gorgeous views extending the private landscape of this stunning suite.

Guests will be able to enjoy daily sunset champagne and canapés served in their room.

Private dining is available in The Pavilion, with your own personal chef and wait staff as required for an additional cost. Please advise resort reception with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice.

Beachfront Suites:

Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main Lodge, Beachfront Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a pathway leading directly to the beach.

The natural interior tones and fabrics seamlessly blend the indoors and out in an elegant and spacious open plan design. A large day bed on the expansive deck is the perfect location to relax and take in the natural beauty of Lizard Island.

These spacious suites accommodate up to 3 people and are loved by those wanting close proximity and access to the beach.

Oceanview Plunge Pool Villas:

Are set high on Sunset Bay offering filtered sea views over Sunset Beach and easy access to a string of secluded beaches. The Hecker Guthrie interiors and bathrooms make these rooms ideal for the relaxed island life. Only steps from the beach, each Villa has a private plunge pool and a deck with table, chairs and a beanbag.

B&O Bluetooth speakers, LCD Smart Television, these villas accommodate up to two people.

Oceanview Villas:

Oceanview Villas are set high on Sunset Bay offering filtered sea views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach and easy access to a string of secluded beaches. Only steps from the beach, each Villa has a private deck with table and chairs, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of lush island greenery and calm sea waters.

A padded box seat sits in a bay alcove, providing another place of comfort to take in the breathtaking views.

B&O Bluetooth speakers, LCD Smart Television, these villas accommodate up to two people.

Gardenview Suites:

Gardenview Suites offer our guests a sense of secluded privacy and total immersion into the lush tropic and beach surroundings. With a separate bedroom and living room, these suites are spacious and can accommodate up to 4 people. Easy access directly onto the beach and interiors by the Hecker Guthrie team – make these small suites comfortable, intimate and welcoming.

Gardenview Rooms:

Gardenview Rooms are perfectly located for ease of access to the natural beauty of Anchor Bay. These rooms are designed to ensure a relaxing stay and feature the understated interior design elegance that Lizard Island is renowned for. Smaller than our suites, these rooms also feature B&O Bluetooth speakers and a LCD Smart Television.

All rooms contain the following amenities and facilities:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Work Desk
  • Guest Stationery
  • Direct Dial ISD/STD Telephone
  • B&O Bluetooth Speakers
  • Fully Stocked Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Bath Robes
  • Premium bath products
  • Beach Towels
  • Umbrellas
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Private Deck
  • Evening Turndown Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Check in time is 3:00pm / Check out time is 11:00am


Salt Water Restaurant Simple and relaxed, Salt Water Restaurant is the idyllic setting to take full advantage of the views along the seascape and enjoy a special dining experience on Lizard Island. With an emphasis on fresh and superb local produce, the daily changing menus draw on the flavours of modern Australian cuisine, combining a multicultural mix of Australian, Mediterranean and Asian flavours.

Gourmet picnic hampers

Take a private dinghy to a deserted beach and spoil yourself with a gourmet picnic hamper. Relax and enjoy your day on the beach with not a care in the world – the Lizard Island team will take care of everything for you. 

Signature Beachside Dining Experience

For a special Lizard Island dining experience, choose from two beautiful beach locations and enjoy a private beachside degustation dinner. Prior to dinner, guests will have the opportunity to meet with the Head Chef to discuss their seven 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 a stay at Lizard Island. Additional charges apply for the Beachside Degustation Dinner.

Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar

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 and cocktails. A Cellar Master list is also available for guests wishing to purchase a special wine for the occasion.


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.

Lizard’s purpose-built dive boat, the MV Serranidae (the Latin name for “Grouper” – the Potato Cod is part of the Grouper family) operates half and full-day excursions to stunning inner and outer reef dive sites, including the world-famous Cod Hole, renowned for its huge, but friendly, Potato Cod. Naturally, the Cod Hole is subject to weather and tidal conditions.

Please note: If you intend to dive at Lizard Island, please ensure you familiarise yourself with the Safety and Medical information to ensure that you are not excluded from diving.

Game Fishing: The waters surrounding Lizard Island boast some of the most exciting fishing in the world. Pre-booking is desirable, particularly during the popular Black Marlin fishing season (September to December).

Essential Day Spa offers a range of treatments inspired by nature to nurture the mind, body, and spirit, created to enhance your health and wellbeing by embracing the powerful healing qualities of nature. Indulgent and nurturing, each signature therapy is a blend of dynamic ingredients, designed to balance the physical and emotional body. Lizard Island’s exclusive partnership with Parisian apothecary La Biosthetique represents an alignment of luxury and sensory experiences, each delivering bespoke care crafted to each individual. When choosing a combination of treatments you will emerge from Essentia Day Spa feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.


Lizard Island is Australia’s northern-most island beach resort, located 240 kilometres north of Cairns and 27 kilometres off the coast of North Queensland. The island is a National Park covering 1,013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon. Cairns is the nearest domestic and international airport.

Getting to Cairns: To get to Lizard Island regular flights are available to Cairns from all Australian Capital cities with Qantas and Virgin. Alternatively, Queensland Rail offers two Tilt trains and three Sunlander departures from Brisbane to Cairns.

Lizard Island Transfers depart from the East Air terminal, a short drive from Cairns Airport.

Daily scheduled transfers between Cairns and Lizard Island are a short 60-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Private charters can also be arranged.

Check-in: 30 minutes prior to the flight departure.

Connecting times: if arriving from a domestic flight to Cairns a minimum of one-hour connection between flights is required. When arriving from an international flight a minimum of two hours is required – this includes domestic travel on an international flight number. These connection times are required in either direction. 

Lizard Island can arrange complimentary transfers from the airport to East Air when flight details are provided at the time of booking.

Luggage restrictions: passengers are restricted to one suitcase and one small carry-on item of hand luggage each. Soft suitcases are preferable. A limit of 25kg total per person applies, this includes check-in and carry-on hand luggage (subject to loading restrictions). Complimentary luggage storage facilities are available.

Please check with the Lizard Island reservations team airline for more information on scenic transfers, including booking, terms and conditions, terminal information, check-in and luggage restrictions.

Nearest Airport: Lizard Island Airstrip is located a short distance from the Resort. Guests are met by the Resort Shuttle and transported the short distance to a Welcome area.

  • Free internet
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free breakfast
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Free airport transportation
  • Conference facilities
  • Public wifi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Yoga classes
  • Fitness/spa changing rooms
  • Fitness classes
  • Bar / lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Complimentary instant coffee
  • Complimentary tea
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Snack bar
  • Special diet menus
  • Wine / champagne
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis court
  • Fishing
  • Tennis court offsite
  • Walking tours
  • Board games / puzzles
  • Airport transportation
  • Shuttle bus service
  • Spa
  • Couples massage
  • Facial treatments
  • Foot massage
  • Full body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Light therapy
  • Massage
  • Neck massage
  • Pedicure
  • Concierge
  • Gift shop
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Sun loungers / beach chairs
  • First aid kit
  • Umbrella
  • Private check-in / check-out
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry service
  • Ironing service
Basic Details
Property Type : Lodge
Listing Type : Vacation Rental

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