Lizard Island, on the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland reopened on 14 December 2020, following a nine-month closure due to border closures. Recently voted Travel + Leisure’s top Australian resort in its acclaimed World’s Best Awards 2020 list, before placing among the Top 20 resorts in the Australia Pacific region in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards for 2020 this month, Lizard Island is perfectly placed to welcome guests back to its private setting situated on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
With just 40 beach-house style suites catering to high end incentives or executive retreats, Lizard Island is more like a Private Lodge than a Resort and is the perfect Australian destination to disconnect from the day to day and reconnect with what is important to your organisation – people, loyalty and growth. Lizard Island is designed to offer the ultimate reward. All suites are light-filled and spaced to offer guests a place of their own along with generous indoor and outdoor lounging areas offering views of Sunset Beach or Anchor Bay.
The relaxed open-air restaurant and bar welcome a gentle breeze and feature a menu of the freshest Queensland ingredients including locally caught seafood and premium drinks. There is space for private structured meetings; however, most groups abandon the formalities and break out for meaningful discussions in a variety of locations.
While buy-outs are possible, it is not always necessary, and you can easily have an exclusive experience without exclusive use. With more than 20 private beaches, there are locations for private group dinners and small group activities in a myriad of settings. For companies seeking meaningful experiences for their staff or clients, the Lizard Island Research Station is a facility of the Australian Museum and is internationally recognised as the major island-based research facility on the Great Barrier Reef. It attracts coral reef researchers from all around the world – with approximately 100 research projects conducted annually. Tour the Research Station or book a speaker to share their
stories at your group dinner.
A newly appointed Guest Services Manager will offer a personalised pre-arrival check-in at Cairns and help finalise group itineraries to make the most of their time on the island. A raft of private and guided experiences can be enjoyed with your team, including a private luxury boat charter for fishing, snorkelling, and diving excursions on the reef.