If you are looking for something totally unique in an island resort, then its time to visit Lizard Island in Far North Queensland. The island itself is a continental island situated just north of Cooktown and among the reefs of the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is not your stereotyped coral island with waving coconut trees. This is a rocky island with high hills, headlands and 24 secluded white sandy beaches to laze the days away. There are fringing reefs so you can snorkel around the resort, however some of the best dive sites and fishing waters on the whole of the Great Barrier Reef are only a short distance away. Capt James Cook was the first European to set foot here and he has been followed by hundreds of thousands of others. Cook landed here in 1770 after repairing his boat at Cooktown after running aground on Endeavor Reef. Cook climbed the highest hill on Lizard Island to find a passage through the maze of reefs that lay before him. He discovered and then used Cook's Passage to escape the reefs to the open sea. If he could return again today he would be amazed by the changes.The resort on Lizard Island is accessed by air from Cairns.
The resort is fantastic with some of the best accommodation you can imagine. The Pavilion, Sunset point Villas, Anchor Bay rooms and Anchor Bay suites leave nothing to be desired. The villas have private decks overlooking the ocean to laze away a quiet afternoon. Osprey's restaurant is supurb and the resort is renowned for the quality of the food and wines served. The active guest who likes fishing and diving will be in their element. The resort specializes in outer reef fishing, big game fishing, light tackle fishing and reef fishing and the world famous Ribbon Reefs are close By. For divers the cod hole with its inquisitive potato cod and magnificent coral is a short boat ride away. You can also learn to dive here with PADI qualified instructors. Around the resort you can hire motorized dinghy's, catamarans, paddle skis or you can take one of the fabulous bushwalks and even follow in the footsteps of Capt James Cook to the top of the island.
If you are looking for a sensational Australian island holiday, then look no further than Lizard Island.