Lizard Island Resort: Landscape Revitalisation

Lizard Island Resort is a 5 star resort complex situated on Lizard Island 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast of North Queensland on the Great Barrier Reef.

The site is surrounded by National Park and managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Phillips Marler was invited to join a team of engineers and architects as part of a major upgrade and landscape revitalisation of the resort.

Our approach

Phillips Marler provided design and documentation for all the landscape surrounding the resort. This included private gardens around guest villas, the arrival experience from the airstrip, the area around the guest arrival and departure buildings and dining rooms.

Our design introduced more canopy trees to provide shade and a variety of shrubs and ground covers carefully chosen from local species lists and plantings that would not become weedy. Our landscape design created spaces to enhance privacy and seclusion.

The design used careful planting to create separations between guest and operational areas. Surrounded by a regenerated landscape, the main areas of the resort are linked by a boardwalk with new plantings enhancing the spaces.

The tight budgetary constraints were managed by using a variety of techniques including hydro-seeding to cover the ground quickly.

The project was complex with a series of challenges due to the low rainfall environment, the dry tropical natural landscape and the complexity of remote construction and biosecurity restrictions on choice of plant species and bulk materials. 

The idea of the landscape concept was to enhance a journey from the airstrip to the guest villa with a diverse and textured landscape which is low maintenance and fits within the Lizard Island National Park

Lizard Island


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Photography Р Delaware North & Jason Loucas