Lizard IslandFrom Sydney a 3-hour flight will bring you to Cairns, a gateway city to one of the world’s true natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. While the marine life of the world’s largest living organism draw snorkelers and divers, the reef also has some 900 islands along its 1,400-mile length. Atop one of these islands at the very northern end of the reef is a wonder of hospitality, the Lizard Island resort, where luxury equals exclusivity with only 40 rooms nestled between the island’s 24 white sand beaches. Warren’s itinerary provides three days there—sufficient time to take advantage of some of the resort’s many activities from self-guided nature walks to diving, including night dives, and also relax by the sea or pool.
A full itinerary for Warren’s trip as well as other trips to Australia can be found at AFAR Journeys.
A Beautiful and Wild National Park
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.