Lizard Island, North Queensland Australia
Lizard Island is in North Queensland, Australia, 1624 kilometres Northwest of Brisbane and 241 kilometres north of Cairns. This stunning location is 30 kilometres from the mainland coast of Australia.
The main island of this small group of five north of Cooktown, Lizard Island, is typical of its other reef island cousins with its perfect white beaches, glistening waters and many nearby reefs for snorkelling and diving. Its exclusive resort offers 5-star luxury accommodation in excellent isolation from any form of other urban life. The island has its airstrip and boasts some magnificent walks.
- Location: 14.66651, 145.46321
- Area: 9.9 kilometres square
- Elevation: 359 metres above sea level
- Temperature: Average daytime temperature is 27ºC (80ºF), with a low of 21°C (69°F).
About Lizard Island
Sparkling azure blue waters surround this stunning secluded island with pristine white sandy beaches and glorious fringing coral reefs.
Lizard Island, Palfrey Island and Eagle Island make up the Lizard Island Group.
In the centre of this group is a stunning ten-metre deep blue lagoon that offers fantastic snorkelling.
Protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Lizard Island accommodation is serene, remote and quiet, with spectacular views over the Coral Sea and Sunset Bay. All guests are
- Scuba diving
- Day Spa
- Private Charters
Visitors can explore Lizard Island via walking trails that range from basic to challenging. Many of these trails are interconnected and can be combined to form longer hikes. Visit the National Park site for walking maps.
Chinamans Ridge is 340 metres long in one direction (20min), Moderate in difficulty.
A short steep track with rocky stairs climbs over a steep granite slope between the resort and the Pandanus route. Views of Watsons Bay can be had from an overlook near the top of Chinamans Ridge.
Watsons Walk is 520 metres long in one direction (30min). Grade: simple
A sandy route leads from Watsons Bay’s day-use area to the water pump, across a paperbark swamp, and to Watsons Cottage, joining the Pandanus track.
The Pandanus track is a one-way distance of 685 metres (30min). Grade: simple.
Follow Watsons Walk from Watsons Bay beach to the ruins of Watsons Cottage. Before arriving at the airstrip, the Pandanus route continues along a boardwalk through mangroves and then joins a rough trail that skirts a paperbark and pandanus swamp. Along the journey, there is information about Aboriginal plant and animal uses.
455m return at Blue Lagoon (40min) Grade: simple
Walk 800 metres from the end of the Pandanus route (where it meets the airfield) to the end of the airstrip, where a small, sandy track leads to the quiet Mangrove beach on the outskirts of Blue Lagoon. The trek offers beautiful views of Blue Lagoon, Palfrey and South islands, and the mainland’s Cape Flattery.
The return trip on Research Road is 4.4 kilometres (1hr). Grade: simple
A sandy road extends from the airstrip’s western end through the woods to the Lizard Island Research Station, where guided excursions at particular times. Visitors must be cautious because vehicles use the road.
2.25km back to Cooks Look (2.5hr), an extremely challenging grade
An extremely steep, unformed track climbs from Watsons Bay beach, near the camping area, to the peak (359m) at Cooks Look. This overlook provides panoramic views of the nearby reefs and island groups.
Decomposed granite to sloping granite slabs, with rough-hewn stairs in certain areas, make up the track surface.
Due to the rugged terrain, loose track surface, hot environment, steep climb, and limited access at the start of the track, Fit and experienced walkers only.
Next, see Haggerstone Island.