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Lizard Island Delays Reopening Plans

Lizard Island today announced it has delayed plans to reopen the luxury resort this spring, and will now open for guests on December 14, just in time for summer and a very special festive season.

The move comes after the Queensland State Government announced an extension to travel restrictions for interstate visitors earlier this month which meant that approximately 80 per cent of the confirmed bookings at Lizard Island were unable to readily access the resort.

In line with an even more tailored and personalised guest experience planned for resort operations as the  Coronavirus pandemic continues, the team at Lizard Island will personally call each of around 250 guests whose bookings will need to be cancelled or – ideally – postponed.

Greg Magi, Executive Director of Parks & Resorts for Delaware North which operates Lizard Island, said he was disappointed to have to inform his team and many guests of the change in plans today.

“We were certainly looking forward to reopening Lizard Island at the end of September. Our team has already been gearing up and we’ve had a great show of support with bookings from domestic travellers – many of them past guests – and especially from the eastern states,” Mr Magi said.

“Lizard Island is very fortunate to have a very long and loyal following from our Queensland guests, however at the moment intrastate travel alone isn’t enough to make opening the resort a viable option,” he said.

“We hope many guests will be patient in the current circumstances and choose to postpone their stay on Lizard Island for summer and beyond, when an escape to an idyllic Queensland island will be needed more than ever.”

Lizard Island is the northernmost island on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. With just 40 guest suites and villas offering direct access to more than 20 white-sanded beaches, an escape to Lizard Island is a luxuriously exclusive experience. Guests venture to remote snorkelling and diving spots on the inner and outer reefs where hundreds of vibrant fish and coral species thrive. Hikes retrace Captain 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.

For bookings and more information visit or call 1800 837 204 (toll-free in in Australia), or +1 (716) 276 0104 from overseas.

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