Fitzroy Island Ferries
Want to spend a day or half day at Fitzroy Island? The Fitzroy Island Resort Fast Cat can make it happen with up to three (3) convenient departure times. Why go to Fitzroy Island? This 339 hectare continental island is a comfortable 45-minute boat ride from Cairns and yet a whole world away. With towering rainforest mountains, its own lighthouse, fringing tropical reefs, a turtle rehabilitation centre and an island resort, complete with separate bar / bistro for day tour visitors, there’s lots to see and do.
The majority of Fitzroy Island is protected as a national park. Situated 30km from Cairns, the island was once connected to the mainland and shares many of the same flora and fauna species. There are five (5) self-guided walking trails on Fitzroy Island, with many offering simply spectacular views over the Coral Sea and surrounds. The Lighthouse Walk (3.6km) and Summit Track (4.4km) have the best views, but please remember to take water with you. The beaches are made of coral rubble and island activities include kayak tours, snorkelling, scuba diving and hanging out at the inflatable in-water trampoline.
How to choose between Green and Fitzroy Island? Fitzroy Island is much bigger than Green Island and is considered the locals playground. Green Island was formed as a flat coral quay whilst Fitzroy Island was originally a part of mainland Australia, giving rise to mountains and protection from the wind and elements. Fitzroy Island is also home to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, which officially opened in 2013 and offers daily educational tours and talks for the public. Fitzroy is great for island exploration and relaxation, although it has to be said for snorkelers, the fringing reefs are better at Green Island.
|Rate Option||# Dives||Price||Taxes||Total|
|Ferry Transfer Only (Adult)||Boat Transfer||-||$75.00||-||$75.00|
|Ferry Transfer Only (Child)||Boat Transfer||-||$38.00||-||$38.00|
|Ferry Transfer Only (Family)||Boat Transfer||-||$200.00||-||$200.00|
Extras: Return coach transfers from Cairns $18.50pp | Return coach transfers from Northern Beaches $33.50pp
|Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.|
There are up to three (3) scheduled departure and return times, pending season and demand. Departure times are: 8am – 11am – 1.30pm | Return times are: 9.30am – 12.15pm – 5pm. Not all times are available all the time: please contact us at time of booking.
Check-in is at the boat itself, which is moored at A-Finger at Cairns Marlin Marina (immediately opposite the Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Harbour Lights), 30-minutes before your planned departure time. Welcome and safety briefings will be provided on board and from departure, it’s a comfortable 45-minute transfer over to Fitzroy Island. On-board the boat you can choose between air-conditioned interior seating, or exterior seating in the sun. Fitzroy Island Ferries moors at Fitzroy Island jetty and it’s an easy departure on to the island.
It is not possible to book diving in conjunction with the ferry; however, you can book scuba diving at the Fitzroy Island Dive Centre. The Dive Centre is independently operated and is open 8.30am – 5pm daily. You can book certified or introductory diving (no experience necessary) and the Dive Centre is well-stocked with all dive equipment. You can book a maximum of two (2) dives per day. Diving is relatively shallow (maximum depth of 15m) and visibility varies, pending current and conditions.
You can snorkel directly from the beach at Fitzroy Island. There are several places to snorkel, including under the jetty and at the headlands. Visibility varies, pending current and conditions. There are fringing reefs, with some hard and soft corals and several species of Great Barrier Reef fish. Snorkelling equipment can be booked in conjunction with your ferry tour, at the Dive Shop on the island, or at the island’s Beach Activity Hut. *Our tip – it’s cheaper to book your equipment in conjunction with your ferry price.*