Other Costs

Costs other than bench fees involved in conducting research at Lizard Island are listed below.

All amounts are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Air travel

The round trip fare between Cairns and Lizard Island is currently about $500 on the regular passenger service operated by Hinterland Aviation.

Barge freight

Barge freight for food and other supplies from Cairns costs $15 per grocery carton or similar-sized container (see Freight).


Food is purchased in Cairns and the cost is the supermarket bill plus a small cartage fee for delivery to the barge depot. Most people spend between $15 and $20 per person per day excluding alcoholic drinks (see Ordering Food).

Extra boat usage

Use of a small self-drive boat is included in the bench fee provided there is a competent and licenced driver in the team. If a larger boat is needed, the additional cost is recouped on a distance basis (e.g. $230.00 for a trip to the outer reef). Use of larger boats away from the Lizard Island Group requires a boat driver with extensive experience in similar conditions (see Boats).

Extra laboratory and aquarium facilities

Use of most laboratory and aquarium facilities is included in the bench fee although, rarely, extra charges may be incurred for use of equipment that draws a lot of power or uses additional fuel.

Diving and snorkeling equipment

Scuba tanks and air fills are included in the bench fee for divers who are qualified under the LIRS Diving Regulations.

Weight belts and weights are included in the bench fee for qualifed divers and for snorkelers who have been approved to use them under the LIRS Snorkelling Regulations.

High quality snorkelling and diving gear is available for hire as shown below.

  Daily Weekly

Snorkelling gear 

Mask $3.00 $11.00
Snorkel $3.00 $11.00
Snorkelling fins $3.00 $11.00
Full foot Biofins $6.00 $22.00
Open-heel diving fins $9.00 $32.00
Lycra suit (protection from sun and marine stingers) $4.00 $20.00
Short 5 mm wetsuit $7.00 $35.00
Long sharkskin wetsuit $12.00 $60.00
Sleeveless wetsuit vest with hood $5.00 $25.00
Wetsuit booties $3.00 $15.00
Deals for sets of four or more pieces    
e.g. mask + snorkel + snorkelling fins + short wetsuit $12 $51
Other sets available, please ask    
Scuba gear    
Regulator with octopus & gauges $15.00 $60.00
Buoyancy compensator $15.00 $60.00
Octopus only $5.00 $20.00
Gauges only $5.00 $20.00

Bench fees

Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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