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Great Barrier Reef IV

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here are the last three Great Barrier Reef Islands. Now, you can settle back and choose the best one for the holiday you deserve.

Green Island

For more than 50 years, the 15-hectare Green Island has been a favourite with daytrippers from Cairns who find plenty to fill a day. Great Barrier Reef action is not far away — a short boat ride takes you to the only coral cay on the reef with a rainforest — and there are all the usual water activities, along with a pool and shower facilities.

The luxurious resort has 46 Island and Reef suites, elegantly appointed with private balconies and either rainforest or pool views. Privacy is ensured as the resort is tucked away in lush rainforest.

Dine in the signature Emerald Restaurant, Canopy Grill or Reflections Pool Bar. Lite Bites Ice Cream Parlour serves snacks and drinks all day. Indulge yourself at Green Island Spa Massage and Beauty salon.

Tariff: Green Island accommodation starts at $530 a night. Catamaran transfers, snorkelling, some equipment, windsurfing lessons, sunset drinks and coral viewing tour are included.

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is a daytripper's dream with loads to do for everyone. Like its neighbour Green Island, Fitzroy is a quick catamaran trip from Cairns by catamaran or a really quick trip by speed boat.

Currently, Fitzroy is only for daytrippers but come December, when the luxury Hunt Resort opens, there will be beach villas, apartments and hotel suites to choose from, for overnight stays. The campsite is undergoing a facelift and will reopen later in the year. Meantime, there are nature walks, guided sea kayaking tours and ocean trampolining to occupy daytrippers.

Tariff: Fitzroy Island accommodation starts at $220 a double a night.

Lizard Island

Our final destination is Lizard Island, the most northerly of the resort islands. One word sums it up: luxury. Lizard is off the coast near Cooktown and is a one-hour flight north of Cairns.

The island is surrounded by coral, ribbon and lagoon reefs and there are 24 beaches to choose from. Game fishing is one of the big attractions, and other activities include tours in catamarans and glass-bottom boats; snorkelling lessons; tennis and walks along nature trails. Paddle skis, motorised dinghies and a gymnasium are also available.

The Pavilion is high above the Coral Sea and has total privacy and a decking area with plunge pool, sun lounges and daybeds. A stroll along a pathway takes you to another secluded area, set with tables and chairs.

Anchor Bay Suites are set in a sweeping arc along the bay and have easy access to the main lodge. They are elegant and spacious with large verandahs and a pathway leading to the beach.

Tariff: Lizard Island starts at $825 per person a night with two nights' minimum stay. All meals, selected beverages and activities are included. Children over 12 years of age are welcome. Save 15 percent when staying four nights or more.

Location

Off the Queensland coast.

Cost

Virgin Blue has flights to the Whitsundays.

One-way fares from:

  • Brisbane $95
  • Sydney $118
  • Melbourne $205
  • Adelaide $285
  • Perth $345

Prices are correct at July 31, 2008.

For further information

Green Island
Ph: 1800 673 366
www.greenislandresort.com.au

Fitzroy Island
Ph: 1300 850 875
www.fitzroyisland.com.au
fitzroy.island@wyndhamvrap.com

Lizard Island
Ph: 1300 134 044
www.voyages.com.au/lizard

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789
www.virginblue.com.au

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