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Lizard Island National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
93 km north east of Cooktown lie the magnificent Lizard Island group declared a national park in 1939 with the surrounding  islands given the same status in 1987. Lizard Island itself rises some 359m above sea level. The islands and surrounding waters are all part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. They are both protected areas.

The Australian Museum established a research station here in 1973, a resort followed soon after in 1975 and today tourism is a major focus of activity on the island and in the surrounding waters and coral reefs.

Access to the islands is by private boat or air. A safe anchorage for private boats is available. Flights are from Cairns and Cooktown, private aircraft may only land with permission from the resort on the island. Private charter boats are available from Cairns, Port Douglas or Cooktown.

Fishing is a popular pastime on the island as is diving, bushwalking or just plain relaxing. Please note marine stingers can be found during the summer months here as can estuarine crocodiles. During the springtime Green and Loggerhead turtles nest on the islands and can be seen swimming around the shallows at this time of year. The waters surrounding the islands have a huge variety of corals. Collection of corals is not permitted.

Camping is by permit only please contact the ranger in charge before attempting to camp. A maximum stay of 10 days is allowed and only 20 campers at a time are permitted to stay. Campers must be self sufficient in food and water for the period of their stay, fresh water is available and gas stove. Cooking fires are not permitted.

The island itself is dry and made up mostly of grassland, there is some acacia and eucalypt woodland along with mangrove areas.

Open fires on island national parks or beaches are not permitted.

Check out our listing of Lizard Island accommodation. Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Queensland National Parks & Wildlife Service
Range in Charge
Ph: 13 13 04
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Lizard Island National Park Attractions

Watsons Cottage
• Ruins of a stone Cottage built by a family who settled on the island they were later driven from the island by aboriginals to perish on a nearby island with no fresh water. Later visits decimated the aboriginal population.

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