Fitzroy Island

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Fitzroy Island is located just 30 kilometres from the mainland of Cairns in North Queensland. Fringed by the Great Barrier Reef, this island is a rare and unspoilt gem that expands over 339 hectares and is covered in a lush rainforest that descends dramatically into crystal clear water.

Sitting on the continental shelf, Fitzroy Island can actually be seen from Cairns on Australia's mainland. Situated on the Inner Barrier of the central Great Barrier Reef, it offers access to a pristine coral reef experience.

Fitzroy Island is readily accessible from Cairns, so getting to the island is no problem. Travellers may take their own boat or opt in to the Fitzroy Island Ferry, departing several times a day. Taking just 45 minutes, the Ferry is great for those hoping to head over for a tropical day trip or an extended visit. Visitors chartering their own yacht will find the 15 nautical mile excursion simple to navigate, with sheltered moorings available upon arrival.

Through World War II, Fitzroy Island was run as an active military base, protecting the mainland from invasion as a Coast Watch Station. As a result, the island boasts some magnificent walking tracks that lead to the best lookout points in the region. Explore the verdant valleys, springs and rainforests during your stay and make sure to experience one of the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets that this paradise puts on.


Flanked by majestic rainforest and opening onto a vast expanse of crystal clear ocean, Fitzroy Island accommodation appears to hide within its surrounding natural environment of reef and rainforest. Offering guests a choice of lodging styles, this is the perfect place to relax, unwind and be indulged.

Facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large swimming pool with swim up bar, games room, indoor movie theatre, water sports activity hire, dive shop and general store.

While staying on the island, try the Secret Garden Walk for a short amble among the lush rainforest or up to the Lighthouse & Summit Trail. Take a steep track to the lighthouse for expansive views out to Little Fitzroy Island and the ocean beyond. Fitzroy Island is almost completely surrounded by coral reef, making it an excellent place for snorkelling and scuba diving. The most popular spot for reef exploration is at Nudey Beach, only about one kilometre from the islands resort accommodation. Fitzroy Island is the ideal place to base yourself for a truly memorable Great Barrier Reef holiday.

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There are myriad things to do upon Fitzroy Island, whether you're here for a day or a week. While some activities do encounter a small charge, value travellers will find unfettered access to the pristine National Park, walking trails and crystal springs and ocean - just waiting for you to dive in.

Other Fitzroy Island activities include the following:

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Tour: The Fitzroy Island campus of Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre offers daily tours to learn about the history of the organisation and the journey to recovery that injured and sick turtles undergo at the centre before they are released back into the ocean. A small donation is required of visitors.

Scuba Diving: The island dive shop offers everything that you need to explore the amazing coral reef that surrounds the island. Running introductory courses, the shop is also a really great resource for those who are certified and wish to explore the stunning reef running along the waters edge.

Glass Bottom Boat Tours: Explore the island on this stunning glass bottom boat tour, looking down at the spectacular reef below the waves. This tour is a great compliment to a greater day trip of the region.