(May 2012) Lizard Island was last night named Best Resort/Lodge in Australia at the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Travel Awards. At an event held at the stylish Park Hyatt hotel in Sydney, emcee Catriona Rowntree announced the award to an audience of tourism industry luminaries.

“We are truly honoured to be recognised with such an important award as this is a reader nominated category meaning we have not only won the award but also the hearts and minds of our guests .” said Tim Smith, Managing Director of Delaware North Hotels Parks and Resorts Australia, owners of the property. In their summary of the award win, Australian Gourmet Traveller states: “Of all the Great Barrier Reef’s many hundreds of islands, Lizard is arguably the most blissful. It’s a 1013-hectare national park fringed by the World Heritage-listed wonder of the planet’s largest living structure, meaning its basic specs are hard to beat. Factor in the 40-room Lizard Island Resort, recently restored to its five-star shimmer, and there’s really no contest.”

Lizard Island is located at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland and can be reached via a short one hour scenic plane flight from Cairns. Its’ 40 rooms and public spaces have recently undergone a refurbishment with the magazine commenting: “The chic design and finishes of the resort’s Anchor Bay Suites make for the ultimate Barrier Reef beach-houses.”
The Resort was also commended for its easy access to some of the world’s greatest snorkelling and dive sites. The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are renowned for being home to a diverse range of fish species including the impressive black marlin, as well as tuna, mackerels, trevallies and swordfish.
The nearby Cod Hole is internationally acclaimed as one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world and one of the most famous on the Great Barrier Reef. Divers can feed the Giant Potato Cod and view a huge variety of marine life.

And 24 deserted beaches ensure opportunities for guests to simply don a mask and fins and swim straight into spectacular, brightly coloured clam gardens passing turtles, fish life and miniature spotted rays along the way. Lizard Island was also named runner up in the Best Australian Island Resort category which was voted on by an expert judging panel drawn from media and tourism industry representatives.
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Editor’s Note:
For reservations contact: 1300 863 241 or +61 3 9413 6297.
Lizard Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of Australian
resorts including Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Heron Island and Kings Canyon Resort.
Media Contact:
Jill Collins
Barking Owl Communications
0417 654 474


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