Score: 8.78

Lizard Island picked up its moniker after Captain James Cook sniffed, post-visit, that lizards were the only wildlife he encountered on the island. Alas, the good captain clearly had limited imagination… and no access to a snorkel. North of Cairns, smack bang on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is a marine wonderland with abundant white sand beaches, many offering off-shore snorkelling and tropical fish, and a resort so speccy that it’s attracted the likes of rock royalty, Hollywood royalty and… well, actual royalty. One for the dream list. From $1519 per night, including meals and beverages. More info: Lizard Island


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