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Lizard Island Day Tours

Lizard Island day tours depart Cairns every day from April to November, thanks to the personalised services of Outback Overnight Journeys. Don’t be fooled by our name, we provide flying day tours to an extensive selection of stunning destinations, including the picturesque Lizard Island.

Our exclusive Lizard Island day tour departs Cairns’ General Aviation terminal at 9.30am and returns at 6pm. We are the only operator to offer personalised Lizard Island day tours and this full day of exploration can be booked any day of the year during the dry season, with advance notice.

Your Day

As a scenic flight operator, we ensure your journey to and from Cairns to Lizard Island is as memorable as possible. Taking off, we leave the rainforest covered mountains behind, heading west to Green Island and out to Arlington Reef on the edge of the continental shelf. From here, we track in a north-westerly direction to Lizard Island, flying over the world renowned Ribbon Reefs.

We arrive at Lizard Island around 10.30am. Surrounded by coral reefs, Lizard Island offers a range of attractions to interest guests, from the golden sandy beaches, to the fringing mangroves, rocky outcrops with sweeping views and interior plains and woodlands. All are easily accessible to day tour visitors, thanks to comfortable walking tracks and trails.

This is truly one of the Far North’s hidden gems, inaccessible to most thanks to its remote location. During our Lizard Island day tour, you have approximately 5.5 hours to explore the national park component of the island. You can swim and snorkel, hike and explore, take in the views or just relax, it’s up to you. We provide a light salad picnic lunch, which is enjoyed at Watsons Beach, overlooking the Coral Sea.

Departing at 5pm we follow the coast back to Cairns, enjoying the late afternoon sunshine and golden light. We arrive at Cairns Airport at around 6pm.

What Will I See?

As much as possible! The scenic flight to and from Cairns to Lizard Island is stunning. You will enjoy panoramic views over the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. Photographers will be particularly happy. Our Cessna 337 uses the unique “Centre Line Thrust” and high wing, which means there aren’t any engines or wings blocking your stunning pictures.


At Lizard Island you explore Watsons Beach and the National Park, including climbing up to Cook’s Look.

What Does It Cost?

Our Cairns to Lizard Island day tour costs $2,600, which includes the aforementioned itinerary, light refreshments, picnic lunch and pilot commentary. The Cessna 337 takes up to 4 guests (bringing the price down to $650 per person), making this one of the most affordable options in the market! This is perfect for couples travelling together, small groups and families.

Cairns to [Destination] Return
Cairns to Lizard Island Day Tour (8.5 hours) $2,600 or $650pp for 4 people.
For more information on Outback Overnight Journeys, please contact Hew Mills on phone 0409 976 888
or email info info@outbackovernight.com. Come fly with us.
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Why Choose Us

We are the only operator to offer Cairns day tours to Lizard Island. With guest numbers limited to a maximum of four (4) people, you are ensured personalised service. Our professional pilot can work with you to tailor the day and itinerary to suit your needs and requirements. Contact us to discuss further.

Hotel pick-ups from Cairns city are included. Departure times to suit guests, subject to prior bookings. Itineraries, destinations and flight duration can be tailored to suit your needs and preferences, contact us to discuss further.

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