Lizard Island: About Lizard Island

Located in Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Lizard Island is first a national park—framed by the corals of the Great Barrier Reef and fringed with idyllic beaches and mangroves. Set upon a white-sand stretch of coast upon 2,500 pristine acres, Lizard Island resort is the only development on the island, accessible exclusively by plane and filling only 40 rooms at a time. Bathed in sunlight and cut off from the world by gentle turquoise waters, the lodge promises coveted seclusion amid a profusion of incredible wildlife.

Lizard Island is ideal for a quiet, restorative retreat or an eye-opening adventure. For some, it proves to be both over the course of a trip—or even a day. Along with relaxing beachside dining, spa treatments, and glass-bottomed boat rides, guests enjoy diving, snorkeling, and even helicopter tours to observe the island’s diverse land and water creatures. 

Why We Love This Lodge

The stunning and ethereal Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and Lizard Island offers a rare and exclusive look at its unique ecosystems. As one of the world’s first certified eco-lodges, Lizard Island seeks to maintain a responsible, sustainable presence within the national park, while also respecting the traditions and beliefs of the Dingaal people who have called the island home for many centuries.

The splendor of the world’s largest barrier reef is accessible to all kinds of travelers here, whether you choose a full-day diving excursion to get up close to remote parts of the reef, a glass-bottomed paddle-ski outing, or a guided snorkeling tour for your family.


  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef and its many inhabitants by snorkeling, diving, or glass-bottom boating.
  • Enjoy fresh fish and local produce at Ospreys Restaurant or book a romantic seven-course meal on the beach at sundown.
  • Go for a dip in the freshwater swimming pool or challenge your travel partner to a tennis match on Lizard Island’s courts.
  • Pick out a book at the resort’s library and dig into it on your private balcony, by the pool, or with your toes in the sand.

National Geographic Exclusive

Guests who reserve their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges are treated to a complimentary sunset cruise. Cast off from Lizard Island in the late afternoon and enjoy refreshments and a seafood platter as the sun melts into the horizon. Keep an eye out for marine life and watch the deep hues of twilight illuminate the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Lodge Features

  • 40 rooms with stunning sea or garden views 
  • Restaurant featuring local fish and produce
  • Multimedia presentations about the natural history of the area
  • Lizard’s Bar and Lounge serves beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Boutique with local art and fashion
  • Spa with a variety of nature-inspired treatments
  • Broadband Internet in the guest lounge

Spotlight on Sustainability

Lizard Island is committed to economic, environmental, and social/cultural sustainability. Its ecotourism certification, earned in 1996, was part of the world’s first ecotourism distinction program. The lodge is located within a national park, where the land and waters are protected for the benefit of the ecosystems they support.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Andrew Harper Readers' Choice 2015: Top 20 Beach Resorts
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Service Award for Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, 2013
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Beach Hotels, 2013
  • Andrew Harper Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 10 International Hideaways, 2013
  • WISH Magazine Travel Top 50, 2013

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