A good anchorage in heavy weather
Reviewed Dec 2016
Visited Lizard in June this year. Strong trades were well handled in Watson's bay but v. crowded with about 20 yachts in a small space ! Good walking ashore and fine departure point for Cape York.
Good shelter from Trades
Very popular from a selfish point of view !!
Fabulous diving / snorkelling, secure anchorage, great social life!
Reviewed Feb 2017
I've been going every year since 2008, usually stay there for 8-10 weeks enjoying great diving around the island. The main anchorage in Watson's Bay has very good holding in coral sand, but put out plenty of chain as it can blow over 50 knots from time to time. Most nights you will find a group of sailors on the beach for drinks, everyone is welcome. The resort has the rustic Marlin Bar, which opens between 1 and 3 nights a week with very good Bistro style meals, and is open to boaties, but he rest of the very exclusive resort is basically off limits for non-guests. There is a major research station on the South Western part of the island which conducts very informative tours each Monday at 11 am (keep an ear on ch16 after 0800 on Monday for their announcement).
Great diving & snorkelling, lots of friendly cruising people
You have to be patient if you want to head south!
Watsons Bay – one of the best anchorages in the north
Reviewed Jun 2016
World renowned Lizard Island is a popular destination for cruising boats. Not just because we can stay for free while the punters at the resort are paying a fortune, but because it is an excellent anchorage. Watson's Bay is on the sheltered northwestern side, offers great holding in sand, and easy, all-tide shore access.
Approach is straight forward, but there are two large coral bommies to avoid in the bay. They effectively close off the southern half of the bay, leaving the northern section and the area outside the bommies for anchoring.
Being at the end of a wind tunnel between hills on the island, the bay can be subject to strong gusts in developed trade wind weather. But except in really windy conditions, it remains calm.
Ashore there is heaps to do - climb to Cook's Look (the place where Captain Cook had a look for clear water), walk over to the lagoon, swim, snorkel over the bommies, visit the Research Station on the southern side of the island, or simply kick back on the beach. Sundowners ashore are almost obligatory, and very popular. If you're up this way, don't miss one of the most secure and comfortable anchorages in FNQ.
One of the most secure and comfortable anchorages in FNQ
Provides everything a yacht crew could want
Reviewed Sep 2016
Our course from Cormorant Passage to Lizard Island took us to the south of Macgillivray Island then after clearing it, we turned north to skirt the eastern shore of Lizard Island.
After rounding the northern point of the Island we headed south into the anchorage at Watsons Bay. The approach to the anchorage is safe provided care is taken to avoid a large reef that separates Watsons Bay from the bay to the west where the resort is located. This reef is marked by a line of white buoys...
A highlight of the Queensland coast
Reviewed Apr 2016
The Lizard Island National Park is a highlight of the Queensland coast. It's a stunning tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, clear water and plenty of coral. The island itself boasts a selection of great walks that offer stunning views and access to some of the smaller, secluded beaches.
In the winter months, you'll find a dozen boats anchored in Watsons Bay on the north side of the island. Watsons Bay offers great protection from the prevailing south-easterly winds, and you'll more than likely find friendly yachties gathered on the beach for a sunset drink. Many of the shallow reefs in Watsons Bay also offer great snorkelling with no shortage of fish and turtles.
I'd recommend staying for as long as you can to really explore this amazing island paradise.