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Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is a continental type island only five kilometres from the mainland and about 25 kilometres from Cairns. The 324 hectares of rainforest are almost completely surrounded by coral reef. Offshore from Fitzroy Island is great for snorkellers.

The Island is the third most northerly island in the Great Barrier reef. Butterflies, bushwalks through eucalypt and tropical rainforests, coral beaches and excellent snorkelling and diving on the reef can also be enjoyed. Walking tracks include a steep climb to a lighthouse with great views.

Sheoak, Indian Beech, Native Nutmeg, Tamarinds and Turpentine as well as native orchids are just a few examples of the exotic flora you’ll find on bushwalks through the island.

The Island has a variety of accommodation from a camp ground through to hostel-style units accommodating a few people in bunks to up-market villa units.

Activites and Experiences at Fitzroy Island

  • Birdwatching The island is a birdwatchers paradise. The brilliant Ulysses butterfly can be seen. The pied imperial-pigeon migrates from New Guinea to nest and feed in the rainforest during the summer fruiting season. Emerald doves, cockatoos, Ospreys are other examples.
  • Bushwalking Bushwalk through Eucalypt and tropical rainforests and along secluded coral beaches. Walking tracks cater to all fitness levels. Included is a trek up a steep climb to the lighthouse with great views.
  • Camping Camping is available on the island and a great way to base yourself to explore the reef, rainforests, walking tracks and have some fun snorkelling, diving or just relax on one of the many coral beaches on the island.
  • Canoeing Canoeing is just one of the water sports available on the island.
  • Scuba-Diving Scuba Diving and snorkelling are popular activities that visitors participate in throughout the year. Organised trips can be arranged where qualified instructors are ready to teach you the basics on the island or out to the reef should you require assistance. You can then safely snorkel or try an introductory dive. Even for inexperienced swimmers, most tour operators provide full instruction, supervision and floatation devices.
  • Fishing – Beach Fishing is a popular pastime on the island. Bring your own gear or hire some from the resort complex.
  • Fishing – Game Fishing is a popular pastime on the island. Bring your own gear or hire some from the resort complex. Tours can be arranged.
  • Fishing – Deep Sea Fishing is a popular pastime on the island. Bring your own gear or hire some from the resort complex. Tours can be arranged.
  • Flora You will find open woodlands on the exposed slopes and spurs of the island, with rainforest in the damp valleys and mangroves fringing the creeks. Coastal plants tolerant of sea salt, such as casurinas and pandanus palms fringe the beaches.
  • Kayaking Kayaking is just one of the water sports available on the island.
  • Seakayaking Seakayaking is just one of the water sports available on the island.
  • Sailing Sailing a catamaran is just one of the water sports available on the island.
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping There is resort shop on the island. All other shopping can be accessed on the mainland in Cairns.
  • Sightseeing The island is surrounded by reef and rainforest. It is part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef National Park. Walk along secluded coral beaches and in tropical rainforests. The island gives you the opportunity to view and photograph tropical fish, colourful coral and tropical birdlife as well as various activities such as, snorkelling, sea kayaking, outrigger canoeing, fishing, diving and much more. There is also a resort complex with a shop and restaurant on the island.
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling is a popular activity that visitors participate in throughout the year. Organised instruction can be arranged where qualified instructors are ready to teach you the basics on the island should you require assistance. You can then safely snorkel and enjoy the charm and beauty of the surrounding reefs.
  • Walking Bushwalk through Eucalypt and tropical rainforests and along secluded coral beaches. Walking tracks cater to all fitness levels. Included is a trek up a steep climb to the lighthouse with great views.
  • Water-based The island gives you the opportunity to view tropical fish, colourful coral and tropical birdlife as well as partaking in various activities such as snorkelling, sea kayaking, canoeing, fishing, diving and much more.
  • Accommodation Accommodation ranges from very affordable and comfortable multi-share bunkhouse style to beach cabins with private balconies encompassing stunning views of the reef. Camping is also available for the budget minded.
  • Airport The nearest airport is located on the mainland in Cairns.
  • Banking Facilities There are no banking facilities on the island. Eftpos and credit cards can be used at the resort complex on the island. The nearest banks are located on the mainland in Cairns.
  • Beach The island is surrounded by reef and coral beaches for walking and swimming.
  • Licensed Club There is a licensed bar at the resort complex.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Hospital The nearest hospital is located on the mainland in Cairns. All staff at the resort are trained in first aid.
  • Public Bar There is a bar on the premises of the resort complex.
  • Medical Facilities The nearest medical facilities are located on the mainland in Cairns. All staff at the resort are trained in first aid.
  • National Park
  • Police The nearest Police station is on the mainland in Cairns.
  • Public Telephone There are public phones at the resort complex.
  • Restaurant There is a restaurant to serve lunch and dinner at the resort complex.
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Visitor Centres Please contact Tropical North Queensland Tourism at 51 Esplanade Cairns for all your information.
  • Active Snorkelling, Sea Kayaking, Catamarans, Paddle skis are just some of the water sports available. Scuba diving instructors are available for those wanting some assistance. Go fishing or do some bushwalking. Walking tracks cater to all fitness levels. Relax on the beach or take a glass bottom tour of the reef.
  • Adventure Snorkelling, Sea Kayaking, Catamarans, Paddle skis are just some of the water sports available. Scuba diving instructors are available for those wanting some assistance. Go fishing or do some bushwalking. Walking tracks cater to all fitness levels. Relax on the beach or take a glass bottom tour of the reef.
  • Beach
  • Caravan and Camping Camping is available on the island at the resort complex.
  • Cruise Glass bottom boat reef tours are available. For more information contact the Tropical North Queensland Tourism centre at 51 Esplanade Cairns.
  • Diving Scuba Diving and snorkelling are popular activities that visitors participate in throughout the year. Organised trips can be arranged where qualified instructors are ready to teach you the basics on the island or out to the reef should you require assistance. You can then safely snorkel or try an introductory dive. Even for inexperienced swimmers, most tour operators provide full instruction, supervision and floatation devices.
  • Eco Tourism Because Fitzroy Island is a nature based attraction, Eco Tourism is widely practiced to ensure our pristine environment is protected.
  • Environmental Because Fitzroy Island is a nature based attraction and part of a World Heritage Wet Tropics region, all environmental measures are taken to ensure our pristine environment is protected.
  • Fishing Fishing is a popular pastime on the island. Bring your own gear or hire some from the resort complex. Fishing charters and tours are also available.
  • Flora and Fauna You will find open woodlands on the exposed slopes and spurs of the island, with rainforest in the damp valleys and mangroves fringing the creeks. Coastal plants tolerant of sea salt, fringe the beaches. The island is also a birdwatchers paradise. Migratory bird species such as the Imperial-pigeon as well as the beautiful Ulysses butterfly nest on the island.
  • Island Fitzroy Island is one of the most unspoilt islands on the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by reef and rainforest, it has changed little since it’s discovery in 1770. The island gives you the opportunity to view tropical fish, colourful coral and tropical birdlife as well as partaking in various activities such as bush walking, snorkelling, sea kayaking, canoeing, fishing, diving and much more. A 45 minute trip on the Fitzroy Flyer catamaran from Cairns will transport you to the island. Camping and accommodation are available. There is a resort complex on the island and evening entertainment is available every Friday and Saturday night. Ferry departs Cairns at 7pm and returns from Fitzroy at midnight.
  • National Park Fitzroy Island is a nature based attraction and part of a World Heritage Wet Tropics region. National Parks and Wildlife assist in the care and maintenance of the environment to ensure our pristine environment is protected.
  • Nature based Fitzroy Island is a nature based attraction, and as such all measures are taken to ensure our pristine environment is protected.
  • Nightlife Evening entertainment is available on the island for party goers.
  • Pub Stay
  • Rainforest Fitzroy Island is surrounded by reef and rainforest. Bushwalk through tropical rainforests in the damp valleys and along secluded coral beaches. Walking tracks cater to all fitness levels. The rainforest is also a birdwatchers paradise. Large mounds of decaying leaf litter and soil found on the forest floor may be the handiwork of the orange-footed scrub fowl. Migratory bird species such as the Imperial-pigeon as well as the beautiful Ulysses butterfly are to be found on the island.
  • Reef The island is surrounded by reef and rainforest. It is part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef National Park. Walk along secluded coral beaches and in tropical rainforests. The island gives you the opportunity to view tropical fish, colourful coral and tropical birdlife as well as partaking in various activities such as glass bottom boat reef tours, snorkelling, sea kayaking, outrigger canoeing, fishing, diving and much more.
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Water based The island gives you the opportunity to view tropical fish, colourful coral and tropical birdlife as well as partaking in various activities such as snorkelling, sea kayaking, canoeing, fishing, diving and much more.
  • Wilderness
  • Wildflower
  • World Heritage Fitzroy Island part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics. Conserving its outstanding natural and cultural values for the benefit of local, national and international communities is of the greatest importance. The self guided interpretive environmental centre located at the light house is a wonderful source of information providing displays, and written materials.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Nudist/Naturist
  • Romantic
  • Senior
  • Single

Nearest Airport: Cairns

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