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.


Lizard Island is one of Australia’s most remote and breathtaking locations and boasts amazing natural wonders all year round.

The Creation of Lizard Island
Lizard Island is made up of Granite rock which formed deep below the earth’s surface about 300 million years ago. Slow cooling underground caused the molten rock to solidify, exposing the granite hills and beautiful island paradise you see today.

Lizard Island National Park
Its beauty and wilderness are distinctive, and Lizard Island was declared a National Park in 1937, while its surrounding water was declared a Marine Park in 1974. Experience the natural island wonders on a guided interpretive walk or view our marine and terrestrial presentations, scheduled throughout the week, with our naturalist.

Learn more about this fascinating reef and island environment, and the unique creatures that call it home.

Lizard Island Research Station
The secrets and mysteries of the island are unveiled at the Lizard Island Research Station. A facilitiy of the Australian Museum, the research station is dedicated to supporting the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the Great Barrier Reef.

Tours to the research station are conducted twice a week and available for all Lizard Island guests – please enquire upon booking.

The Eco Certification Program
Lizard Island is ECO certified by Ecotourism Australia. The ECO Certification Program identifies genuine nature and ecotourism operators. The program assures travellers that products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices, providing high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Walks and Nature Trails
We invite you to join us for a guided interpretive walk to experience the nature, flora and fauna on the island.

Nature Slide Presentations
Throughout the week, slide presentations with our naturalist are scheduled. The presentations cover topics covering marine and terrestrial information. Learn more about this fascinating reef and island environment, and the unique creatures that call it home.

Lizard Island Nature Calendar
View the Lizard Island nature calendar below so that you will be sure not to miss out on your most treasured natural wonder, and experience truly unique ecotourism.

January

  • The Amphibious month.
  • Green Tree Frogs dominate the nocturnal sound show as they come out to breed.
  • The Black Flying Fox camps are at their largest, providing spectacular flight scenes at dusk.
  • Monitor Lizard activity is high, they can be seen digging nesting tunnels around the island.

February

  • Black-Naped Terns begin nesting.
  • Terns swarming around Osprey Island prey on the summer fish stocks.
  • The Melaleuca Forests flood and mangrove swamps are rich with juvenile fish life.
  • Constellation of Orion dominates the early night sky.

March

  • Crested Terns begin nesting.
  • Pheasant Coucal birds can be seen changing to their darker plumage.
  • Sacred Kingfishers are often sighted around the island.

April

  • Migratory birds, such as the Lesser Golden Plover, begin to show their breeding plumage before the migration to the northern latitudes.
  • Bar Shouldered Doves begin nesting.
  • Southern Cross constellation can be seen rising early in the night sky.

May

  • Green Sea Turtles can be spotted feeding along the beaches at low tide.
  • Clear skies and early twilights bring red sunsets over the Pacific.
  • Kapok Bush begins to flower.
  • Swallowtail Butterflies sighted around the resort.

June

  • Humpback Whales begin their northern migration. Curious Minke Whales often approach tour vessel for a closer look.
  • Playful Spinner Dolphins may surf the bow wave on the outer reef trips.
  • Clear views from the top of Cooks Lookout.
  • Centaurus shines over the meridian at night.

July

  • Humpback Whale sightings during their migration to warmer waters for calving.
  • Goannas often sighted along tracks warming their bodies in the midday sun.
  • Osprey often sighted around their large, high nests.

August

  • White-Breasted Wood swallows begin breeding.
  • Umbrella trees show off their brilliant red flowers.
  • Constellation of Scorpio dominates the spring night sky, chasing Orion over the western horizon.

September

  • Marlin season begins with Giant Black Marlin cruising the outer reef during their breeding season.
  • Minke and Humpback Whale sightings from around the island.
  • Black Flying Foxes feed on the mango fruits around the resort at night.
  • As the water temperatures warm towards 27°C, wildlife activity increases.
  • The prominent bright yellow flowers of the Kapok Bush are in full bloom.
  • The ‘Teapot’ in Sagittarius shines above at night.

October

  • Lesser Golden Plovers arrive on the island from Siberia and Alaskan territories.
  • Torres Strait Imperial Pigeons migrate down from Papua New Guinea to form breeding colonies on the island.
  • Beach Stone Curlew patrol the beaches, acting as decoys for their nests.
  • Black Marlin begin their spawning season on the outer reef.

November

  • Coral reef annual spawning turns the blue waters orange toward the end of the month.
  • Kapok Trees begin fruiting.
  • Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles graze on sea grasses along the beaches.
  • Pelagic fish species increase activity around spawning season.
  • Monitor Lizards become active while constructing nesting chambers.

December

  • Occasional sightings of Manta Rays around the island.
  • Water temperature is a warm 29°C.

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