Fitzroy Island Cruises
Fitzroy Island is a continental island off Cairns, situated within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This island has towering mountain peaks, coral beaches, blue waters and a range of activities, including kayaking tours.
There are fringing reefs situated within easy swimming distance from the beaches and hard and soft corals underneath the jetty. Water entry is straight off the beach, so you can tailor your water sports to suit your comfort levels. Most of the beaches are made of coral rubble and one beach (Nudey Beach) has sand.
Things to do on Fitzroy Island
On land there is a resort with licensed bar, restaurants and cafes. The island also has several walking trails, which range from the gentle to the strenuous.
For a short walk in the shade, visit the Secret Gardens, or for the more adventurous, there is the 3.6km return Lighthouse Walk or the 4.4km return Summit Track. Both of the latter offer excellent views over the surrounding Coral Sea, but we do recommend taking some water, a hat and sunscreen.
There are also a lot of optional activities on Fitzroy Island, including kayak tours, snorkelling, scuba diving and enjoying the inflatable in-water trampoline.
Underwater visibility varies with the tides and currents and the waters are generally pretty calm.
Fitzroy Island is a continental island 30km from Cairns. A continental island is an island that was once connected to the mainland, but became separated when sea water levels rose.
Travel time from Cairns is usually around 45 minutes on high speed, modern catamarans. Day trips are available, or you can choose to stay at the newly refurbished hotel. There is even a camping ground.
Fitzroy Island is 339 hectares, the majority of which is protected National Park. It comprises a wide variety of terrain and vegetation including fringing tropical reefs, coral beaches, mangroves, open woodland and rainforest.
Historically, Fitzroy Island was a fishing, hunting and gathering location for the region’s indigenous peoples. In the late 1880s it was a quarantine station for miners heading to the Cooktown goldfields, before later becoming a mission, then a pearling base and in World War II, an artillery gun base.
Today, Fitzroy Island is a popular Cairns day tour choice for locals and visitors. Cairns Dive Adventures has visited the island several times and is happy to provide unbiased trip reviews and advice. Fitzroy Island is suitable for swimmers and non-swimmers.
Please note: We are not affiliated with any Cairns reef cruise or island operators. We are Cairns locals, trying to help visitors have the best time they can, on their stay in our region. This website is funded and built by us: we make commission from your tour bookings. We hope the information is of some assistance and thank you in advance for your business.
The only Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour that includes sea kayaking. Fitzroy Island day tour. Up to 7 hours on the island, including 3-hour guided sea kayaking tour (no experience necessary).
Fitzroy Island Resort Ferries have convenient departure and return times from Cairns to Fitzroy Island, making this great for a full day tour of the Island. Depart Cairns 8:00am, 11:00am and 1:30pm.
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