Lizard Island Resort
Equal parts secluded island paradise and all-inclusive five-star wilderness lodge, Lizard Island Resort reimagines luxury in the Great Barrier Reef’s radiant untouched north, just a 60-minute flight from Cairns. A member of the prestigious Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, the island dazzles with countless moments of quiet wonder – take your complimentary motorised dinghy and spend your days picnicking across 24 exceptional beaches, each untouched save for footprints, or hike your way across over 1,000 hectares of lush hinterland. If you’re happiest underwater, there’s no better place than here – take your pick from some of the world’s most legendary dive sites, including the Ribbon Reefs and the world-famous Cod Hole.
With all-inclusive dining included and unlimited free-flow drinks, you’re all set for the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy a modern Australian menu at Salt Water, rotating daily but always focused on locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood, or head to Driftwood Bar & Cellar for world-class wines and sunsets guaranteed to leave you breathless. For something a little more laidback, head to the resort’s boardwalk, where Marlin Bar – the island’s only public venue – offers casual fare, cocktails and good times aplenty.