The island located on the outer reef has
24 sandy beaches, offers the visitors unforgettable sights, spectacular coral
and giant clams (some reputed to be 120 years old), against a background of
pristine white-sand beaches, blue seas, stunning views and a warm climate.
Renowned for the diving, you can come face to face with a huge curious Potato
Cod, at the world famous Cod Hole, who will swim right up close to inspect you
with child-like curiosity, as well as amazing Moray Eels and dazzling tropical
fishes. There are many fantastic walks, abundant birdlife and you can expect to
glimpse a Monitor, the lizard the island is named after.
There is plenty to do
including sports fishing and big game fishing (September to November). The world
famous Black Marlin Classic is staged annually in October and has resulted in
the Lizard Island Game Fishing Club becoming home to seven World and two
You can snorkel just off the beach or go to the outer reef
for deeper waters. Lizard Island offers full Scuba Diving facilities including
equipment and courses. Persons over 45 years are recommended to obtain a dive
medical certificate PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.
You can visit the remnants of Mrs
Watsons Cottage. In 1879 Captain Robert Watson with his wife, a servant and baby
daughter, built a cottage on the island. Captain Watson, was a beche-de-mer (sea
cucumber) fisherman and during one of his absences, Aborigines from the mainland
attacked the cottage. Mrs Watson, accompanied by her child and the chinese
servant, attempted to flee to the mainland in a barrel used for boiling
beche-de-mer. The vessel floated away from the coast and all three died of
In 1939 the island was declared a national park covering (1,000 ha). Camping
requires a permit prior to arrival (ring the Cairns office of the National Parks
and Wildlife Service on 07 4052 3096. The research station conducts tours every
Monday and Friday, Ph: 07 4060 3977.
Location: 230 km north-east of
Cairns, 93 km north-east of Cooktown,
27 km from the Queensland coast.
Access: Small plane from Cairns.
Population: Resort accommodates up to 80 guests.
Check out our listing
of Lizard Island
accommodation and the
Great Barrier Reef accommodation. 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.