Lizard Island aerial 2019 – Katie Purling

The mind-blowing tropical island you’ve probably never heard about

If Lizard Island was on the red carpet, it’d win best-dressed, hands down.

Accessible by private charter from Cairns only, this tropical paradise is found at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

We’ve got you covered with a few tips to on how to make the most of your time on Lizard Island.

1. BYO boat and find your own private beach  

Spend your day the Lizard way aboard your private dinghy, hopping from one secluded beach to the next.

With 24 private beaches to choose from, you can switch up your backdrop as often as you’d like (minus the crowds).

Tip: Make sure you pack a picnic (available from the resort) and soak up the sun.

2. Trek to the top of Cook’s Look

If activewear is your uniform of choice, then head off for an early morning hike to the very top of the island. Here you will take in 360 degree views of the fringing reef and islands below.

Be sure to take your camera to capture the life-altering views, and make sure you’ve brought your hiking boots. This is certainly not a leisurely stroll, but it’s well worth the sweaty trek to the top.

Tip: Get on the trail at the crack of dawn and take plenty of water, as it gets hot during summer months.

3. Find your underwater mecca

Have you ever snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef? Whether the answer’s yes or no, send it to the top of your to-do list. Lizard Island is surrounded by beautiful and healthy reef systems teeming with life and colour.

This is the place to get below the surface and enjoy the surreal magic of this underwater world, particularly when it’s only a stone’s throw from your bed for the night.

Tip: Our favourite spots? Clam Garden and Blue Lagoon.

4. Say WasSUP

With waters as calm as a millpond, even the novice paddleboarder will be cruising with ease.

Spring onto a SUP from the main beach and glide along waters so clear you’ll easily spot any turtles cruising around below.

Tip: All non-motorized water activities are included in your stay, so you can take your SUP for a spin whenever you fancy.

5. Island dining

After you’ve fueled your appetite for adventure, it’s time to feed your appetite.

A chef will whip up your meal using ultra-fresh seafood straight from the waters surrounding the island or delivered freshly from the hinterland to enjoy as you drink in the 180-degree ocean views at Salt Water Restaurant and Driftwood Bar. And the best part? All food and drinks are included in your stay for even less stress.

Tip: Looking for something fancy? Pre-book the 7-course Beachside Degustation Dinner, designed by you in conjunction with the Executive Chef.

6. Watch a sunset, not Netflix

Dreamy pastel skies? Tick. Fringing reef? Tick. Turquoise ocean? Tick.

We’ve saved you a spot on the sand to view the *best* sunsets you’ve ever experienced. If you need more convincing, just look above.

Tip: You can catch the sunset right on the main beach, so the only travel time you’ll need to factor in is the walk from your room.