The Lizard Island National Park is a group of several reef islands around the main one – Lizard Island.
The name comes from the explorer James Cook visiting in 1770 and climbing to the 359 meter high peak of the island. Along the way he noticed a profusion of lizards among the grasslands and shrub landscape.
The island has a secluded and luxury tourist resort which is accessible by small plane from Cairns. The resort offers a private beach and reef tours and snorkeling.
It is also the location of a world-renowned tropical marine research facility, researching the reef. The facility offers access to Australian and International researchers.