When Captain Cook explored the east coast of Australia he came across this island which would lateron named Lizard Island, on account of the great number of sand monitors. He noted the island was "mostly high land very rocky and barren". Cook climbed the island to the highest point,which is called Cook's Look nowadays.He discovered a reef of rocks extending farther than he could see. He noticed a passage in the reef labyrinth through which the Endeavour later escaped. This is what he must have seen, for we did the same walk up to the highest point.