Lizard Island, Queensland

Australia

Snorkelling and seclusion in an island paradise.

At Lizard Island, you only have to step off the beach to enter the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater wonderland. Within the crystal-clear waters you’ll see schools of tropical fish, giant clams and sea turtles through your snorkel mask.

Just a 45-minute ride aboard the resort’s luxury yacht will bring you to the unsurpassed marine life and colourful coral of the outer reef. The diving and snorkelling here is among the world’s best. Plunge into the renowned waters of Cod Hole and you’ll find yourself gliding alongside manta rays, barracudas and the huge Potato Cod. Back on dry land, you can learn more about the reef ecosystem at the island’s Research Station.

There’s more than just underwater adventures. Start your day with morning yoga on the beach. Spend an afternoon paddle boarding or kayaking the calm waters of Anchor Bay. Hike to the top of Cook’s Lookout, the island’s highest point, and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic ocean views.

Our favourite rooms are the Oceanview Plunge Pool Villas. Cool interiors seamlessly give way to your own private deck, where you’re greeted by uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea. Meandering pathways connect you directly to a number of secluded beaches.

This is a true island hideaway. With only 40 suites and villas and a choice of 24 powder-white beaches, it’s easy to find your own deserted cove. Order a gourmet picnic hamper and ice-chest of champagne and cast yourself away for the day. This is paradise found.

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Location

Lizard Island is reached by an hour-long flight from Cairns. The scenic journey takes you over the Great Barrier Reef itself, where you’ll get your first glimpse of its beauty and scale.

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