Researchers and student groups stay in four shared, self-contained houses at the Lizard Island Research Station. Visitors cook and clean up after themselves. Kitchens are equipped with all essential cooking and eating utensils; bathrooms have a composting toilet and solar hot water shower; all bedding and cleaning necessities are provided.
Kirby House accommodates up to eleven people in three bedrooms. Two rooms each have four bunks and the third has a queen size bed and two bunks. The house has two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area and a large verandah. Kirby House was built in 1982 with a generous donation from the James N. Kirby Foundation. Ongoing support from that Foundation enabled its extension in 1995 and substantial refurbishments in 2003 and 2008.
Suntory House is identical to Kirby House. It was built in 1982 with funding provided by Suntory Ltd and the Japan Foundation. Like Kirby, it has been extended and thoroughly refurbished.
Talbot House was constructed in 2005 on the site of the original 1970s visitors' house. Talbot House has three bedrooms sleeping up to seven people, two bathrooms, dining area and verandah. The house is named after Professor Frank Talbot who established the Research Station while he was Director of the Australian Museum.
Loomis House was built in 1982. In 2009, the original one-bedroom house was rebuilt with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area and a large verandah. It sleeps up to ten people. The house is named after Henry and Jacqueline Loomis who provided initial funding for the Research Station in the early 1970s.
Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station