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Find out what is provided at LIRS and what you need to bring for your visit.

  • Kitchens are equipped with all essential cooking and eating utensils. Washing-up detergent, bench wipers and tea towels are provided but not things like cling wrap or paper towels.
  • Bathrooms have a composting toilet and solar hot water shower. Toilet paper and hand towels are provided but not bath towels, beach towels or toiletries.
  • Beds are made for you before you arrive. Visitors are responsible for subsequent washing of sheets.
  • Washing machines, laundry detergent and line-drying facilities are provided.
  • Snorkelling gear is available for hire without pre-booking, including short wetsuits and full length lycra suits.
  • A limited number of dive regulators and BCDs are also available for hire to divers who qualify under LIRS regulations. These should be booked in advance.
  • Laboratory equipment is outlined here.
  • Extensive first aid equipment and supplies are on hand at LIRS but people should bring their own supplies to treat and prevent minor medical issues.
  • The Telstra mobile network is accessible in a limited area close to an antenna at LIRS. No other mobile networks reach Lizard Island.
  • Phone messages will be taken for you on the LIRS office number 07 4060 3977.

There are no shops at Lizard Island so you need to bring everything else you need for your visit, or order it for delivery by barge or mail. Information about ordering food is here

We recommend bringing the following personal items:

  • Swimming gear
  • Sun protection, including sunscreen, hat, and a long-sleeve shirt
  • Bath towel (or two)
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Things to treat and prevent common minor medical issues (e.g. paracetamol, bandaids, Betadine antiseptic, ear-drying drops)
  • Snorkelling gear and dive gear (can be hired at LIRS)
  • Minimal clothing for warm weather year-round
  • Warmer top for cool nights between May and September
  • Torch for moonless nights
  • Thongs or sandals for use around the station between October and March as the tracks get very hot
  • Walking shoes and a day pack, if you intend to hike on the island
  • Possibly a light rain jacket between December and May, although it’s warm rain
  • Mosquito repellent (mosquitos are only present after rain; midges can be a problem whenever the weather is calm)
  • Water bottle
  • Smartphone or tablet with the free Lizard Island Field Guide app downloaded before you leave the mainland

Please call or email LIRS with any queries about planning your trip.

+61 (0)7 4060 3977