LIVING AND WORKING ON LIZARD ISLAND
Where is Lizard Island?
- Lizard Island is located at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland, 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast near Cape Flattery.
- Lizard Island is a protected National Park, covering over 1,000 hectares featuring 24 deserted beaches, each accessible by foot or motorised dinghy.
- The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world: home to the impressive black marlin, as well as tuna, mackerel, trevally and swordfish.
- There are over 10 dive and/or snorkeling sites off Lizard Island, all situated between 30-60 minutes cruise. The most revered site is the world famous Cod Hole, featuring 2 particularly charismatic Potato Cods, ‘Cuddles’ and ‘Grumpy’, together with ‘Delicious’, a resident Maori Wrasse; much loved for his charming and inquisitive nature.
History and Facts
- Lizard Island was originally known as Dyiigurra (or Jiigurru) to the Dingaal Aboriginal people and was regarded as a sacred place.
- The name Lizard Island was given to it by Captain Cook when he passed it in 1770, observing that the only land animals he saw were Lizards.
- Throughout the years Lizard Island was visited by many seafarers for the purpose of harvesting turtle shells, sandalwood and sea cucumbers.
- Lizard Island gained national park status in 1939.
- Lizard Island Lodge was completed in 1975 and has had various owners throughout the years until Delaware North acquired it in 2009.
- In April 2014, Lizard sustained significant damage as Cyclone Ita passed directly over it. After almost a year of restoration, Lizard Island was unlucky enough to have Cyclone Nathan pass directly over it and is now reopening in June 2015.