Lizard Island is part on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland (Australia), located approx 1624 km (1009 mi) northwest of Brisbane (QLD's capital city). The island has land area approx 10 km2 ((4 mi2) and is within the government area Shire of Cook (Far North Queensland). It is also part of Lizard Island National Park (together with the 3 neighbouring isles - Palfrey, Bird, South).
Lizard Island was famous as Dyiigurra to Dingaal Aboriginal people. Dyiigurra was regarded as a sacred site and was used for the initiation of young males as well as for the harvesting of turtles, dugongs, fish and shellfish. The Dingaal believed Lizard group had been created in Dreamtime. They saw it as stingray with Lizard Island constituting the body and the other islands forming the tail. Local Dingiil Aboriginals call it "Jiigurru".
The name "Lizard Island" was given by Captain Cook on August 12, 1770, when he passed it. He commented that the only land Animals they saw there were Lizards, and those seemed to be plenty, which occasioned his naming the Island Lizard Island. Captain Cook climbed the peak on the island to chart a course to sea through the reefs which confronted him and since then island's summit has been called ‘Cook's Look’.
In 1939, all islands in the Lizard Island Group were declared a national park, currently administered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Lizard Island is also part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Port Lizard Island QLD cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lizard Island QLD, Queensland Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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