First put on the map by explorer Captain Cook in 1770, Lizard Island and its namesake resort are now a must-stop for foodies. Visitors can take their pick of the miles of uninterrupted beaches—or better yet, rent a boat and cruise to a remote key—for a gourmet picnic lunch provided by the restaurant. The island offers similar water activities (snorkeling, diving, and sailing) as others in the area, but also provides golf, hiking, and some pretty good fishing. If you’re lucky enough to land a marlin, chef Mark Jensen will prepare and grill your catch. If seafood isn’t your style, a seven-course, Sunset Beach Degustation dinner on the beach may be a better fit. Lizard Island is accessible via air charter from Cairns.