Lizard Island wins international acclaim

Luxurious Great Barrier Reef resort rated among world’s best.

Lizard Island has received international recognition as it prepares for reopening.

The luxurious far north Queensland island resort was named in international magazine Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards for 2020.

The resort’s first time appearing in the globally recognised awards has been welcomed ahead of its reopening on 1 September after closing due to COVID-19.

Greg Magi, Executive Director of Parks & Resorts for Delaware North, the operator of Lizard Island, said the news was an honour for the resort team.

“We value this recognition, particularly as it’s a reader-driven list, so it’s a real testimony to Lizard Island’s enduring appeal as people are planning their holidays once again,” Mr Magi said. 



The 2020 World’s Best list is the result of an international Travel + Leisure reader survey of the world’s best hotels, and travel experiences. 

Lizard Island achieved a score of 94.59 out of 100, placing it as the best Australian destination in the Top 5 Australian and New Zealand Resorts list. It was second overall, behind New Zealand’s The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay.

The full list can be viewed here and will be published in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine. 

Lizard Island is the northernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef and has 40 guest suites and villas offering direct access to more than 20 beaches.

Visitors can visit remote snorkelling and diving spots on the inner and outer reefs where hundreds of vibrant fish and coral species thrive. They can also take hikes that retrace Captain James Cook’s footsteps and offer panoramic views of the reef while the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station offers a fascinating insight into the day-to-day conservation of Lizard Island’s incredible natural environment.

“What better dream destination than Lizard Island, which promises swimming in pristine warm turquoise waters, lazing on white-sanded beaches and immersing oneself underwater to explore the island’s magnificent corals and abundant array of marine life,” Mr Magi said.

“It’s an ideal time to take the short flight from Cairns over the stunning Great Barrier Reef, escaping to days of relaxed luxury, natural exploration, world-class food and wine and detox from digital life in a mostly internet-free zone – a great break from Zoom calls.” 

Long regarded as one of Australia’s most luxurious resorts, you too can explore the award winning Lizard Island in the stunning Great Barrier Reef. If it is world-class food and wine, natural exploration or white sandy beaches talk to the RACQ Travel team today for more information on 1300 888 449 to book your ideal getaway.