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					  “This is really, seriously, died-and-gone-to-heaven fantastic. The scenery, the beach, the
                                  rooms, the food, the heat…..”
                                   Australian Gourmet Traveller

Outstanding in every respect, the unique pleasures of Lizard Island have created an iconic
island retreat second to none. One of Australia’s northernmost islands, Lizard is located
right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, fringed with colourful coral reefs and 24
powdery white beaches. Lizard Island truly is one of a kind.


Lizard Island is located at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North
Queensland, 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast near Cape Flattery.

It is Australia’s most iconic island resort, acclaimed for its pristine wilderness, sublime luxury
and innovative cuisine, not to mention world-class scuba diving, big game fishing and 24
deserted beaches.

Within a 15 mile radius of Lizard Island guests will find most of the reef and island types
characteristic of the entire Great Barrier Reef, including fringing, inner shelf (outer barrier or
ribbon) and lagoon reefs. There are also several types of coral cays plus continental islands,
all of which play host to an extraordinary array of marine habitats.

Lizard Island was identified for its tourism potential in 1967 when the Queensland
Government sold the lease for a tourist resort. The first sign of its emergence came in 1970
when the airstrip opened, with the construction of scientific research facility soon following
in 1972.

Today, the Lizard Island Research Station provides some of the most sought after ‘on-reef’
scientific research facilities. Owned and operated by The Australian Museum, the Research
Station provides accommodation, boats, diving gear, laboratories and a seawater aquarium
system to researchers and student groups.

But it wasn’t until June 21, 1975, that Lizard Island Lodge was officially opened comprising
the main lodge complex and four suites that were situated on the verandah where Osprey’s
Restaurant is located today.
By the time Lizard Island Lodge shareholders negotiated a lease-back sale to the State
Government Insurance Office in 1983, another eight chalet-style rooms had been added to
the property. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Queensland, the Lodge underwent a
significant upgrade that included the construction of 24 additional rooms.

In 1987 Air Queensland was sold to Trans Australia Airways (TAA), which was then acquired
by Qantas in 1992. The following year a sewage treatment plant was built, with eight new
villa rooms and a complete overhaul of the existing lodge facilities, completed in 1995 as
part of a $6.5 million refurbishment.

P&O Australian Resorts acquired Lizard Island in 1999 and promptly closed the property for
six months to complete a $15 million upgrade. The project included the installation of
environmental management systems, as well as the re-design of guest rooms and facilities,
and the lodge restaurant and bar. A day spa and entertainment lounge were also part of the
new-look Lizard Island.

Voyages acquired Lizard Island in July 2004, as part of their $225 million acquisition of P&O
Australian Resorts. A soft refurbishment of all room grades in 2006 maintained the luxury
standing and reputation of this world-class resort.

In November 2009 Lizard Island was acquired by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts
as part of Delaware’s acquisition of Voyages’ resorts, including Wilson Island and Heron
Island on the Great Barrier Reef; El Questro in the Kimberley’s in Western Australia, and
Kings Canyon Resort in the Northern Territory.

For more information on the Lizard Island Research Station, visit www.lizardisland.net.au


      Lizard Island comprises 40 guest rooms across four distinct grades: The Pavilion –
       one and only; 15 Sunset Point Villas; 18 Anchor Bay Suites; and six Anchor Bay
       Rooms. Osprey’s Restaurant and the Lodge Bar allow guests to indulge their palate
       with the finest local produce and contemporary cuisine, and quality wines, spirits
       and liqueurs.

      Lizard Island is located at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical
       North Queensland, 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast near Cape Flattery.

      The island features 24 deserted beaches, each accessible by foot or motorised

      The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are renowned for some of the best big game
       fishing in the world: home to the impressive black marlin, as well as tuna, mackerels,
       trevallies and swordfish.
      The Cod Hole is also internationally acclaimed as one of the most spectacular dive
       sites in the world and one of the most famous on the Great Barrier Reef. Divers can
       feed the Giant Potato Cod and view a huge variety of marine life.

      The Azure Spa delivers a range of therapeutic spa treatments which harness the
       natural qualities of the island destination. For more information or to download a
       Spa Menu, visit www.lizardisland.com.au/azure-spa

      Peak season: black marlin season - August to November (recommended booking
       period in advance: three months)


Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Lizard Island via Cairns.
Hinterland Aviation operates the connecting flight (approximately 60 minutes) between
Cairns and Lizard Island up to twice a day. Private charter flights are also available.

For full information, visit www.lizardisland.com.au/getting


The Pavilion

Perched high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Ridge, The Pavilion
combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270 degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey
Island and Sunset Beach.

An expansive deck area incorporates a private plunge pool, sun lounges and a daybed area,
inviting guests to relax and soak up the stunning views. Leaving the balcony to stroll down a
private path, guests will discover another secluded area where chairs and a table are
perfectly positioned to make the most of sea breezes and spectacular views.

No comfort is spared for The Pavilion guests; from a laptop computer and high powered
binoculars, to a welcome bottle of Bollinger and a deluxe fruit bowl that greets them upon

Sunset Point Villas

Sunset Point Villas are set high on Sunset Ridge amidst native eucalypt trees and bushland,
with filtered sea views over Anchor Bay or Sunset Beach. Offering easy access to a string of
secluded beaches, each Villa has a private deck with comfortable Australian timber squatter
chairs and a hammock.

An understated and elegant interior blends natural colours and textures to create a calm,
inviting atmosphere; drawing inspiration from the coastal bushland outside.

Anchor Bay Suites
Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, within easy reach of Osprey’s Restaurant and
the Lodge bar, Anchor Bay Suites deliver breathtaking views and private pathway to the
beach. A key feature of the interior design is the seamless blend of indoors and out; thanks
to an elegant and spacious open plan, with large verandah and daybed.

Anchor Bay Rooms

Located in a tropical garden setting, each Anchor Bay Room enjoys direct access to the
beach, as well as private balcony and hammock. Crisp colours and earthy tones mirror the
spectacular setting, with a focus on sea and sand in contrast to the rich green of tropical
palms. Interiors are compact and comfortable, with two family rooms offering two separate
sleeping areas.


Luxury aside, Lizard Island boasts an array of activities; from adrenaline charged fishing
expeditions, indulgent treatments at the Azure Spa, or a hike to the top of Cook’s Look; to a
gourmet beach picnic on a deserted beach, snorkelling over a clam garden, or diving the
world famous Cod Hole.

The Azure Spa offers a range of treatments inspired by nature to nurture the mind, body
and spirit. Created to enhance your health and well-being 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. When choosing
a combination of our treatments you will emerge from the Azure Spa relaxed and

For more information and a copy of the Spa Menu, visit www.lizardisland.com.au/spa-menu

Top 3 ‘things to do’

1. Grab a gourmet picnic hamper, jump in a motorised dinghy and head off to one of the
   24 deserted beaches.
2. Dive, or snorkel the world-famous Cod Hole. Soak up the extraordinary underworld.
3. Enjoy a private dinner beach-side, under an Arabian-style gazebo and a canopy of stars.
   Savour an exotic seafood platter and fine wines all to yourself.

For full list of activities, visit www.lizardisland.com/activities


Resort Film & Photography Guidelines

Media capturing images on resort property must be accompanied by a staff member at all
Lizard Island National Park Film & Photography Guidelines

Commercial film and/or photography permits are required for professional media visiting
and shooting Lizard Island.

For more information on Film & Photography Guidelines or Permit Applications contact the
Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Cairns office: +61 7 4046 6712 or, visit

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Film & Photography Guidelines

Under Australian law, any commercial film and/or photography conducted within the Great
Barrier Reef Marine Park requires a permit.

Permits are obtained through the Environmental Protection Agency of Queensland Parks &
Wildlife Services.

For more information on Film & Photography Guidelines or Permit Applications, visit


Lizard Island enjoys a tropical climate, with an average year-round temperature of
approximately 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit). Its location at the northern end
of the Great Barrier Reef means that the traditional wet season weather conditions affect
the island. However, its offshore location is advantageous because inclement weather
largely moves closer to the coast.

“Wet” season: November through March.

For the current weather, visit www.bom.gov.au

Average monthly maximum temperatures for Lizard Island:
(degree Celsius and Fahrenheit)

JAN    FEB     MAR    APR     MAY    JUN     JUL    AUG     SEP    OCT     NOV    DEC
32     31      31     30      27     26      25     27      28     30      31     32
90     88      88     86      80     79      77     80      82     86      88     90

On October 26, 1981, the Great Barrier Reef was inscribed onto the World Heritage list. The
Park covers 345,000 square kilometres and is both the largest World Heritage listed natural
area and marine protected area.

Comprising 2,900 reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays, the Reef extends 2,300
kilometres from the tip of Cape York to just south of Gladstone and is between 60km and
250km in width.

There are approximately 1,500 species of fish, 360 species of coral, one third of the world’s
soft coral, up to 8,000 species of molluscs, between 400-500 species of algae, 600 species of
echinoderm, 17 species of sea snakes, 22 species of seabirds, 32 species of shorebirds, 6
species of marine turtles, and 30 species of cetaceans.

Tourism is the largest activity in the Marine Park, generating over $5 billion each year and
contributing significantly to local and national economies. With around 1.9 million people
experiencing this natural wonder every year, it is one of Australia’s most recognised

Almost 85% of visitors access the Reef from Tropical North Queensland (Cairns, Port Douglas
and Cape Tribulation) as well as the Whitsundays; home to Australia’s largest bareboat (self-
sail) yacht fleet and an array of day boat operators.

The Great Barrier Reef first attracted tourists in the 1890s when Green Island became a
popular destination for pleasure cruises from nearby Cairns. Organised tourism remained
inshore for most of the next 50 years, close to regional centres and within reach of the type
of craft or vessels used by operators.

From the 1960s tourism steadily increased, with the introduction of faster vessels able to
carry visitors up to 20 nautical miles on a day trip. In the 80s tourism boomed, growing 30%
as the capacity, range and diversity of products expanded to meet demand. Since then,
visitation has gradually increased and is carefully managed in accordance with strict policies
and guidelines designed to protect the Reef for generations to come.

Over 200 species of hard corals form the framework of the intricate and complex reef
communities that surround the Lizard Island group. Narrow fringing reefs rise steeply from
depths of 20 metres along the steep eastern and north-eastern coastline of Lizard Island.

A more extensive reef has developed on the south coast, connecting Palfrey, South and
Seabird islands and enclosing a deep lagoon (Blue Lagoon). The reef slopes are dominated
by branching and plate corals (Acropora spp.) and other corals including boulder corals
(Porites spp.) and fleshy soft corals.

Watsons Bay, close to the beach, is well-known for its "Clam Gardens", a popular snorkelling
location featuring large specimens of giant clams (Tridacna gigas) as well as many soft and
hard corals. The sandy sea floor in outer Watsons Bay, at depths below 15 metres, is home
to a diverse array of specialised marine life such as feather stars, sea pens and sponges as
well as a unique assemblage of eight species of free-living (or solitary) corals.
The edge of the continental shelf lies only 20km to the east of Lizard Island. Here ocean
depths plunge over 2000–3000 metres into the Coral Sea. Ribbon reefs lie along the edge of
the shelf, forming a broken barrier. Huge ocean swells buffet the wall-like reefs and strong
tidal currents surge relentlessly through the narrow passages between them.

There are over 10 dive and/or snorkelling sites off Lizard Island, all situated between 30-60
minutes cruise. The most revered site is the world famous Cod Hole, featuring 2 particularly
charismatic Potato Cods, ‘Cuddles’ and ‘Grumpy’, together with a ‘Delicious’, a resident
Maori Wrasse; much loved for his charming and inquisitive nature.

What astounds most guests is the sheer abundance of pristine reef systems. Bolder coral
species include Lunar, Honeycomb, Plate, Staghorn, Knobbly and Gorgonian fans that
stretch over 3 metres in circumference. Soft coral species such as Elephants Ear, Spaghetti
and Finger coral are also common.
Flourishing in this environment is an array of tropical fish species, including Parrot, Maori
and Moon wrasse, Unicorn, Convict Damsels, Moorish Idols and, of course, many species of
Anemone (Clown fish).

On the outer reef the larger pelagic species abound, such as sharks, Barracuda, Mackeral,
Trevallies, Tuna and the mighty Black Marlin. Whales are prevalent during Australia’s
winter-spring seasons, with Spinner dolphins enjoying the warm waters at any time of year.

For more information on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, visit www.gbrmpa.gov.au

For more information on Lizard Island National Park, visit


“…The only land animals we saw here were Lizards and these seem’d to be pretty plenty
which occasioned my naming the Island Lizard Island…”
Captain James Cook, Monday, August 12, 1770

After rebuilding the damaged Endeavour at Cooktown on the Queensland coast, Captain
Cook expected ‘to be clear of all danger having thought a clear open sea before us’. That
was before he ran into a tangled web of reefs near Cape Flattery, naming the landmark
because of this deception.

Cook and Joseph Banks spied islands not far offshore and decided to head there so they
could plot a way out of the coral maze. Selecting the largest island, they climbed to its peak
(Cook’s Look) and saw the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef: safe passage to deep water
and beyond.

Few Europeans travelled to Lizard Island or this stretch of Queensland coast over the next
50 years. The first to spend any length of time and leave a written record was John
McGillivray, a naturalist and collector who arrived on the Julia Percy in July 1860. Lizard
Island had been selected as a base for harvesting tortoiseshell, sandalwood and beche-de-
mer (sea cucumber), with 76 people and their supplies remaining on the island. By October
1861, 31 had died and the harvesting was so unsuccessful that those who survived left for

Source: Lizard Island, The Journey of Mary Watson, Susanne Falkiner & Alan Oldfield, Allen &
Unwin, 2000


On May 30 1880 Mary and Robert (Bob) Watson were married in Cooktown and
immediately sailed for Lizard Island, where Bob had established a small luggers base for his
beche-de-mer fishing trade. Having made his home from a burnt out stone structure left by
the party from the Julia Percy, the cottage faced a beautiful beach set between bold granite
headlands (now called Watsons Bay).

Also living on the island were Bob’s business partner and a transient staff of Chinese, Torres
Strait and Pacific Islander workers, farming sea cucumbers for export to China. In June 1881,
Mary gave birth to their first child, George Ferrier Watson.

With her husband and partner away fishing for beche-de-mer, Mary was left on the island
with Ferrier and her two Chinese workers: Ah Leung and Ah Sam. On September 27 they
noticed that a group of local Aborigines had made camp on the island. Two days later a
confrontation followed and Ah Leung was killed.

The Aborigines remained on the island and later speared Ah Sam as he went to find water.
Mary bandaged his wounds before collecting what little supplies they could and making
their escape in a cut-down iron tank that served as a beche-de-mer oven.

Two and half weeks later a Captain Frier sailed past Lizard Island, reporting bushfires and
that the cottage was abandoned. Further reports of bushfires and Aborigines saw troopers
land on Lizard to investigate the disappearance of Mary, Ferrier and Ah Sam.

After skirting the outlying islands in search of Mary the search party returned to Cooktown.
Bob Watson was located at Restoration island and notified of events, returning immediately
to Lizard Island. Meanwhile, media coverage of the disappearance and involvement of local
Aborigines stirred up sensational rumours and false accusations.

Over 3 months after their escape, Captain Bremner of the Kate Kearney discovered a
partially decomposed skeleton on the No. 5 island in the Howick Group, 65km north west of
Lizard Island. A small distance away was an iron tank, with the remains of a woman lying on
her back with a baby resting on her decomposed right arm.

A diary was found in a small wooden box, recording the tragic events as they unfolded over
9 days floating in the ocean. Mary, her infant son Ferrier and loyal worker Ah Sam perished
of dehydration on, or about October 10.
History has since revealed that the Watson’s cottage on Lizard Island was close to an ancient
and significant Aboriginal ceremonial site and that this may have prompted the
confrontation. Remains of the cottage stand today, testimony to the wretched
misunderstanding between Indigenous Australians and early European settlers.

Source: Lizard Island, The Journey of Mary Watson, Susanne Falkiner & Alan Oldfield, Allen &
Unwin, 2000


Lizard Island, or Jiigurru as it is known by its Aboriginal custodians, the Dingaal people, was
created in the Dreamtime: the granite outcrops of the island group representing a giant

According to Dingaal custom, a man called Whokupa fought a god called Thunderstorm
many thousands of years ago at Cape Flattery. After spearing Thunderstorm, Whokupa
retreated to a mountain top with bolts of lightening crashing around him. To escape, he
made a fog around the peak and himself.

So that Whokupa might never return to Cape Flattery, Thunderstorm made so much rain
that an island was formed of the mountain top: now called Lizard Island and the fog made
by Whakupa may still be seen around its peak (Cook’s Look).

Lizard Island was once part of the Australian mainland, a peak of 300 million year old granite
some 20km inland on a gently sloping plain that dropped away sharply to the sea at what is
now the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Over 30,000 years ago the Guugu Yimidhirr people lived a nomadic existence along this
stretch of coast, hunting giant prehistoric marsupials. (‘Guugu’ meaning speech; ‘Yimidhirr’
meaning of this place or this way)

As the polar ice melted between 6,000-9,000 years ago and the coastal plain drowned under
rising sea levels, this remnant of Pleistocene landmass became an island. Once the Great
Barrier Reef formed the Guugu Yimidhirr could visit Lizard Island by dugout canoe: a test of
seafaring skill and knowledge due to large tides and strong currents.

According to archaeologist Robynne Mills, evidence of the Guugu Yimidhirr people on Lizard
Island dates back 3,000 years. As the reef proliferated and the climate stabilised, easier
access led to the island becoming a focal point for important ceremonial gatherings. It was
here that young boys were brought for initiation and that important meetings between
elders of neighbouring tribes were held.

The coastal territory of the Guugu Yimidhirr was significant in Australian history as it was
destined to become a nexus for the interaction of vastly different people. In prehistoric
times, the early inhabitants of Australia made contact with neighbouring peoples from
Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Torres Strait Islands and the Melanesian Islands. Next came
European settlers and the region encompassed a major shipping route to England as new
arrivals followed Captain Cook’s path.

The Guugu Yimidhirr were said to belong to two moeties, named for Mirrki, a type of owl,
and the Wampal, a brown woodchopper, and marriage was only across these lines. With up
to 31 tribal or family clans in the region, these highly regulated relationships gave each
member a position and identity. From an early age, children were schooled in the skills and
knowledge that would allow them to take their eventual place in the larger group.

Source: Lizard Island, The Journey of Mary Watson, Susanne Falkiner & Alan Oldfield, Allen &
Unwin, 2000

For more information on Jiigurru (Lizard Island), visit


A dry island, almost 60 per cent of Lizard Island is covered in grasslands. Grasses (Themeda
spp.) can survive the heat by folding up their leaves during the hottest part of the day to
conserve water and are found on hillsides or in broad valleys where well-drained granitic
soils have developed.

Eucalypt and acacia woodlands grow on the sheltered north-west side of Lizard Island.
Woodlands comprising acacias and a small well-branched tree Thryptomene oligandra grow
on silica-rich sands on the western and southern side of the island.

Mangroves thrive in the salty tidal area around Watsons Bay and in Blue Lagoon at
Mangrove Beach and Crystal Beach. Three species of mangroves are found on Lizard Island,
with some trees reaching over 4 metres in height. Mangroves can use salt water; some
species have special means of excreting the excess salt through the leaves. Paperbarks and
pandanus grow in the valley behind Watsons Bay.

The coast and other sandy areas support dune grasslands and low scrub which reduce wind
erosion on the dunes exposed to the strong south-easterly winds. Wind-blown and leached,
these sands are relatively infertile and support a closed scrub of Thryptomene oligandra and
heathlands dominated by Thryptomene oligandra and acacias.

More than 40 species of land and sea birds can be seen on Lizard Island. Common seabirds
include the magnificent white-breasted sea eagle, osprey and many species of terns. Land
birds include the bar-shouldered dove, pheasant coucal and yellow-bellied sunbird. Seasonal
visitors include the pied imperial-pigeon, white-tailed tropicbird, dollarbird and rainbow

Gould's sand monitor (Varanus gouldii) is the most conspicuous of the 11 species of lizards
on the islands. Most easily seen around the resort area, the sand monitor ranges all over the
island and preys unselectively on smaller lizards and frogs.
Many species of geckos and skinks can be seen in the vegetation beside walking tracks.
Pythons and tree snakes are common but the only venomous species, the brown-headed
snake, is rarely seen.

Black flying-foxes (Pteropus alecto) and several small insectivorous bats are the only
mammals on the islands.

For more information on Lizard Island’s flora and fauna, visit


        Couples and friends seeking relaxed luxury, privacy and a unique Great Barrier Reef
         island experience
        Special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries
        Exclusive use conferences and groups


For full list of current rates and packages, visit www.lizardisland.com.au/pricing


Phone:      1300 233 432 (within Australia only)
            +61 3 9413 6288
Email:      travel@dncinc.com
Web/online: www.lizardisland.com.au

PLEASE NOTE: no bookings are managed or taken at Lizard Island.


Louise Longman
Public Relations Manager
Phone:         +61 488 215 983
Email:         louise@longmancomms.com.au

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