In the first ever Lonely Planet Awards to be announced this month, avid worldwide travellers voted swimming in the azure waters off Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia as the ‘Greatest Outdoor Experience’.

High on the list for snorkelers and scuba divers, Lizard Island’s crystal clear waters, fringing reefs and shallow coral gardens captivate visitors with an exceptional array of technicolour marine life rarely experienced elsewhere in the world.

Paul Harding, Lonely Planet author ‘Queensland & Great Barrier Reef’ commented: "While parts of the reef can sometimes seem a little crowded, Lizard Island is a wonderful exception. This, and the surrounding chain of islands, is one of those rare places that makes you sit down and think: ‘Wow’. Powdery white beaches, warm turquoise waters, tropical sensuality all without the crowds."

Surrounded by 24 exquisite beaches, Lizard Island is one of Australia’s most iconic Great Barrier Reef resorts. Boasting unrivalled dive sites such as the world famous ‘Code Hole’ where divers can come face to face with curious potato cod, giant clown fish, sea turtles, stingrays and ‘friendly’ sharks, it also has outstanding snorkelling just off its beaches including the magnificent 100 year old clam gardens that are home to myriad fish and other small sea creatures.

An award winning all-inclusive resort, Lizard Island has just 40 beautifully appointed suites. Complementing its very special location, the property offers the best of understated luxury with five-star gourmet dining on fresh Australian produce and a wine cellar to match, indigenous inspired spa treats at the Azure Spa and a wealth of water sports and activities.

The resort also organises visits to the Lizard Island Research Station to give guests a better understanding of the precious underwater world that surrounds them.

For more information: www.lizardisland.com.au

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Editors Note:

1. The Lonely Planet Awards were compiled from over 3,500 reader responses. Runners up to the ‘Greatest Outdoors Experience’ included "Trekking to Everest Base Camp", "Husky-sledding in Lapland", "Climbing Mount Fuji" and "Hot-air Ballooning over Cappadoccia in Turkey".

2. Lizard Island is Australia’s northernmost resort, located 150 miles off the coast of
Cairns, on the Great Barrier Reef.

Lizard Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort.

Globally, Delaware North’s tourism portfolio includes iconic properties in North America, such as Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; and Gideon Putnam Resort.


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