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Lizard Island Holidays

Surrounded by 24 powder white beaches and translucent waters, Lizard Island can only be described as paradise. A national park, this granite island is approximately 10 square kilometres and was once regarded as a sacred place by the Dingaal Aboriginal people. When you visit, you’ll see exactly why they thought it was sent from above.

The main attraction of Lizard Island holidays is the location — midway between the Queensland coast and the outer Great Barrier Reef. There may not be many better spots for diving and snorkelling, even in Australia! Coral gardens just off the shores attract brightly coloured fish, while the Ribbon Reefs nearby are well known for some of the world's best game fishing.

Lizard Island National Park

Lizard Island National Park comprises a group of islands, with over half of the land covered by grassland, with heaths, swamps, woodlands and mangroves also in abundance. The wildlife living here is varied and plentiful. If you’re wondering why it was named Lizard Island, your guess is probably correct; the most famous inhabitant is the monitor lizard. Captain Cook, who discovered the islands in 1770, was not ambiguous with the name.

As well as the famous lizards, this island group is fantastic for bird spotting, with over 40 species inhabiting them. Black-naped terns are common in February, sacred kingfishers can be seen in March, while other birds including the lesser golden plover prepare for their respective annual migrations in April before returning in October.

Holidays to Lizard Island also provide great hiking opportunities within the national park. More simple walks include Research Road, which goes from the airstrip through forest and to the Lizard Island Research Station. There are also treks for serious walkers, such as Cook’s Look, a steep climb to the highest point on the island. Home to the luxurious Lizard Island Resort, a stay here will be a highlight of your trip to Australia.

What to do in Lizard Island

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Queensland Classic Self Drive

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,499 per person

This 15 day itinerary gives you the opportunity to do all of these things - under your own pace driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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Sydney, Rock and Reef

17 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,699 per person

A perfect introduction to wonderful Australia. Combining the icons of Sydney, the fiery red sands of the outback, and the spectacular colours of the Great Barrier Reef.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury travel
  • Wildlife & nature

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef - Coral Expeditions

12 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,099 per person

Let Coral Expeditions introduce you to all the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef on their three, four and seven night small ship cruises.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Wildlife & nature

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