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Please Note: Lizard Island Resort caters to children 10 years old and over.

Protection of the Great Barrier Reef

Conservation & Sustainability

Lizard Island was declared a National Park in 1937, with the waters surrounding the Island recognised as a Marine Park in 1974. To ensure our guests are exposed to and educated about the challenges and the opportunities faced by the Great Barrier Reef, we work closely with the Lizard Island Research Station, a world-leader in coral reef education and research, to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef and most recently pioneering successful techniques to combat the spread of one of the reef biggest predators, the Crown of Thorns.

We offer guests tours of the Research Station where they have the opportunity to speak to marine staff who live and work in the surrounds, who can provide insights on the day to day health of the marine environment as well as advances in reef conservation and research breakthroughs.

Lizard Island is also a founding member of the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, further emphasising our dedication to protecting our natural and cultural surrounds to ensure it remains for generations to come.

Protection of Cultural Heritage

We are respectful of Lizard Island’s history, and committed to preserving its place in the minds of our staff and guests well into the future. Our work with Lizard Island’s onsite naturalist, and our relationship with the Traditional Owners of the land, Jiigurru of the Dingaal Aboriginal people, are central to upholding this commitment.

We share the island’s cultural heritage with our guests through guided walks with our naturalist. On these walks, historical sites are observed, and guests have the opportunity to hike to the highest point on the island in the footsteps of Captain Cook, to the aptly named Cook’s Look.

Environmentally Friendly Practices

On Lizard Island, we also do our best to recycle what we use with seven main streams: co-mingled recycling, organics, compostable, cardboard, paper, batteries and toner cartridges. We’re also pleased to have removed all plastic straws and bottles from use on Lizard Island.

Our dedication to the environment is reflected through our waste and recycling handling. Approximately 60 percent of all waste from the resort operation on Lizard Island is either recycled or deployed for alternative use.

All waste on the island is separated and removed on the fortnightly barge, to limit any cross contamination with the natural balance of the flora and fauna.

Support for the Local Community

We’re always looking for ways to support the local community while also protecting the environment that surrounds us. To ensure the minimal amount of waste from the property ends up as landfill, we work with a local waste provider to recycle or deploy waste in other channels.

Through innovative practices, we’re able to ensure our footprint on the environment is minimal, like reusing oil for biofuel and coffee granules. Additionally, 90 percent of all food and beverage supplied on-island is purchased from local suppliers, echoing our commitment to supporting the businesses that operate in our region.


Our Partnerships

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island embarked on a unique partnership with reef conservation organisation Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef for the third annual Great Reef Census that launched in October 2022. The event marked the start of an ongoing partnership that allows our guests to participate in hands-on citizen science initiatives and make a positive contribution to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Reef Census is one of the world’s largest marine citizen science initiatives, involving divers, tourism crews, recreational fishers, tourists, luxury resorts and fleets of superyachts to survey hundreds of reefs across the 2,300 km Great Barrier Reef. The Great Reef Census in-water surveying is open to any competent snorkeller with a GoPro and consists of taking a series of images at various sites along a reef.

One of the most northerly islands in the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island offers access to a wide area of the reef and with some of the most remote coral outcrops, home to a richly diverse range of coral and marine species. The 15 reefs around the island include high priority reefs vital to the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

Our partnership with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef offers exposure to a large number of highly engaged travellers which was the result of several years of planning for a meaningful citizen science guest program. Lizard Island is the only luxury resort located literally on the Great Barrier Reef, so it’s the perfect place to engage citizens in this remarkable citizen science project – allowing every citizen to be a conservationist.

Parley for the Oceans

Parley for the Oceans is the global environmental organization and network where creators, thinkers and leaders come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction.

Alongside Parley, Lizard Island is taking action for the oceans. Our efforts involve clean ups that cover most of the beaches and islands around Lizard Island. This partnership is an ongoing initiative with all of our plastics being separated in the Parley hessian bins around the island.

The perfect place to get married!!! We were looking for a very private wedding, just the two of us, and after contacting the hotel, they helped arrange everything. They arranged a celebrant (Vivian) to fly in to perform the ceremony, and with the help of Nicole, Heather and David all our wedding needs were taken care of. David and Heather were our witnesses, and David (Resort Photographer) took some amazing pictures... the day ended with a very romantic 7 course dinner on the beach, served to perfection by Claudio - Steve and Alice

Lizard Island is a very special place... quiet, serene remote with sunsets to die for, it was the perfect choice for our 50th wedding anniversary. The staff is friendly and attentive - responsive to every request. - Russ

A spectacular island and resort! It is truly a wonderful experience from the beach to the water, the sunsets, the sea life, the birds and the spa pampering. The staff could not be more accommodating, professional, and helpful all in a most impressive and genuine manner. The accommodation is tops; well kept and maintained. The bar and dining atmosphere is friendly and a pleasant atmosphere - the food was truly a gastronomic treat - every meal! We left feeling so relaxed and extremely well looked after. Definitely 5 star hotel and attention. - Linda

If you are looking for the most friendly, comfortable, and exquisite place to relax, this is it! Sand, sun, snorkel, dive, boat, paddle board, hike, relax. It’s all here! The spa was awesome with Beck, best pedicure ever. Ava was awesome on the beach, Magic was totally chill and helpful. The whole crew on the dive boat was awesome. The cabins on the beach are amazing. But the food, and diversity of menus was off the chart. Wine pairings to match. - Tom

We arrived via small plane to our own private paradise. The rooms were large, tasteful and beautifully appointed. The staff was wonderful, warm and welcoming and the dining experience superb. Add to that the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and you are truly in paradise. - Lisa