Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region will welcome new luxury accommodation next month with the opening of The House on Lizard Island.
The House – a 3-bedroom split-level residence – and its adjoining residence The Cottage are part of the award-winning Lizard Island resort. Together the properties can sleep up to eight people.
Opened on July 4, The House is located on a private peninsula on Lizard Island – an exclusive, pristine island 27 kilometers off the coast of North Queensland, with over 1,000 hectares of national parkland and surrounded by a marine park protected.
Surrounded by three white-sand beaches, guests can choose to snorkel, dive, fish, and more during their stay.
“Our goal is to provide guests of The House with an unforgettable experience in this magical part of the world,” said Leon Pink, General Manager of The House Resort.
Home owner, Brisbane-based businessman and philanthropist Steve Wilson wanted to build a property that adequately respects the sacred land and its Aboriginal and European histories while ensuring minimal disruption to the environment during construction.
The house pays homage to her late father, John Wilson, who built the first resort on Lizard Island in the 1970s and instilled the importance of environmental and social responsibility in the area.
“To me, luxury is more about authenticity and experience than ostentation,” said owner Steve Wilson.
“Luxury is visible in the position of the house, the thought behind the details and of course, the views, but that doesn’t mean we’ve denied it all luxury in the design and interiors. Each room chosen for The House has a sense of place. Much of the furniture has been handcrafted by a local artisan, while other internationally renowned pieces are functional works of art. An iconic B&B Italia table sits alongside a work of art by an indigenous artist from Far North Queensland I wanted guests to be captivated but also not feel uncomfortable walking inside with sand on their feet.
A team of experts have been recruited to lead guest experiences at The House, including a private chef and sommelier, facialist and masseuse, yoga instructor and naturalist to lead the hikes. The property also comes with a 56ft Riviera motor yacht which can be used for fishing trips or exploring the reef.
Queensland architect Dr James Davidson of JDA Co. is responsible for building design and the site master plan, while Sophie Hart has been commissioned as interior design consultant to celebrate the craftsmanship Australian.