The new-look Lizard Island unveiled at VIP event

More than 100 guests – a mix of media, ambassador agencies, VIP guests and supporters of the Lizard Island Research Station – gathered at a gala event to unveil the new-look, Delaware North-owned-and-operated Lizard Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The event was the first of its kind to be staged in the new Crystal Hall at the Australian Museum, where the Lizard Island Research Station is based.

The event space was clad in large palms and tropical flowers, and a large digital wall showcased images of the resort’s new look, following a comprehensive makeover in the aftermath of Cyclones Ita and Nathan. Guests were treated to Executive Chef Mark Jensen’s recipe for canapés, along with wines that are featured at the resort.

Kim McKay, executive director and CEO of the Australian Museum, commenced the evening’s official proceedings by acknowledging the partnership between the museum, Lizard Island Research Station and Delaware North/Lizard Island Resort. Greg Magi, executive director of Delaware North’s Australian parks and resorts business, took guests on a visual and emotional journey that mapped the rebuilding effort following the impact of not just one, but two tropical cyclones. Tying it all together, Rebecca Johnson, director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, provided insight into the latest research that is taking place on the island.

The VIP door prize for the evening – three nights in a luxurious Sunset Point Plunge Pool Villa at the resort – was won by the editor-in-chief of Qantas Magazine.