Lizard Island lies about 240km north of Cairns and is Australia's most northerly resort island. On the northern Great Barrier Reef, the island was visited by Captain Cook who climbed to the top of what is now known as Cook's Lookout to survey a safe passage for his ship. Cook named the island for its large population of skinks.
On the island there is a reef research station and an exclusive resort. Day trippers and campers can also take one of the regular flights from Cairns.
The resort offers a range of free activities, including catamarans, motor dinghies, snorkelling, tennis and glass-bottomed boat trips for reef viewing. Other activities include inner and outer reef dives, game fishing and spa treatments. Meals are included in the daily tariff, served in an idyllic restaurant overlooking the bay.