Lizard Island, which sits at the northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, is a ruggedly beautiful island in the clear blue ocean where you will feel truly secluded from the rest of the world. Pack a delicious gourmet picnic and escape to your own deserted, private beach where the only footprints you are likely to see in the sand are your own. Take a seat at the end of the dock or on the beach and dine on just-caught seafood with a view of the Great Barrier Reef.
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On a clear day, the flight from Cairns is beautiful as you fly in over the reef. The flight is about an hour.
Sailing north along the Ribbon Reefs, the idyllic white sands of Lizard Island soon appear on the horizon. Explorer James Cook visited this granite island in 1770 on his journey through the Great Barrier Reef, and he named it Lizard Island for the yellow-spotted monitor lizards that scurry through the underbrush here. Today, Lizard Island is protected as part of Lizard Island National Park, home to more than 40 species of birds and a number of historic cultural sites associated with the Dingaal Aborigines.