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We have received the first official assessment report on the condition of buildings, infrastructure and safety of immediate environs surrounding the resort, it is evident that Lizard Island will not reopen in the short term. An initial estimate at this time will see the resort closed until late 2014 however we will keep you updated as we learn more, following further assessments in the coming weeks.

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Lizard Island is a ruggedly beautiful island on the northern Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland. Lizard boasts 24 pristine beaches that range from white sand to rocky escarpments and easy access to some of the best diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

Lizard Island is renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling and is surrounded by coral reefs, ribbon and lagoon reefs. But its Lizard Island's close proximity to one of the best known diving sites in the Great Barrier Reef, Cod Hole, that distinguishes it from many other reef islands.

Lizard Island can also be recognised as being home to one of Australia's most premier resorts: Lizard Island. It's one of Australia's northernmost island resorts, where design works in harmony with the island's spectacular natural beauty. This premium property caters for a maximum of just 80 guests.

There is also a campground at the national park at the northern end of Watson Bay.

And when you have the chance, make sure to take one of the many magnificent walks on the island. On at least one you can expect to glimpse a Monitor, the lizard after which Lizard Island was originally named.

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  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

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Further Details:
Lizard island is Australia's most northern island resort and one of the most exclusive. The island is located 270 kilometres and a one hour flight north of Cairns. Most of the island which covers about 1010 hectares, is national park. It is remote, ruggedly spectacular and surrounded by the finest white powder beaches and clearest water of the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to a kaleidoscope of coral reefs and countless tropical fish. Snorkelling and scuba diving around the island is fantastic. Game fishing and glass bottom boat tours are very popular. There are also plenty of bushwalks and wildlife to entice visitors. The islands only resort, houses forty exclusive and private rooms. Experience succulent cuisine that emphasises local seafood, ala carte and lush tropical fruits. Romantic dining on the beach in a private marquee offers a special experience. The Pavilion Spa, offers a range of massages, facials and other body treatments.

There is also small secluded national park camping ground with minimal facilities located at Watsons Bay. Permits will be required from national parks in Cairns to stay here and you must take all provisions. Tours can be arranged for various activities around the island as well as the Research station that studies, monitors and maintains the flora and fauna on the island.

How To Get There:
Daily flights between Cairns and Lizard Island are available. Travel time is approximately 60 minutes. Transfers are an additional cost. Luggage is limited to one suitcase weighing no more than 16 kilograms and one carry on item weighing no more than four kilograms. Some tour charters from Cooktown travel to Lizard Island for day trips.

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