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FITZROY ISLAND
FITZROY ISLAND
SNORKELING
SNORKELING
SEA KAYAK
SEA KAYAK
DIVE COURSE TRAINING
DIVE COURSE TRAINING
FITZROY ISLAND
FITZROY ISLAND
SEA KAYAK TOUR TO LITTLE FITZROY
SEA KAYAK TOUR TO LITTLE FITZROY
RESORT POOL
RESORT POOL


Fitzroy Island

Updated: 29-Apr-2016

Fitzroy Island:

Only 45 minutes from Cairns, Fitzroy Island is one of the most unspoilt islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Fitzroy Island is actually a mainland island, originally part of the coastal mountain range of Malbon Thompson Mountain Range located behind Cairns (including Bellenden Ker, Mount Bartle Frere and Walshes Pyramid).   Fitzroy Island was connected to the mainland approximately 10,000 years ago, when the Ice Age ended (approx. 8,000 years ago) the ice caps melted and the ocean rose an estimated 100m, and the valley between Fitzroy and the other mountain peaks flooded.  This left it an isolated island.  Fitzroy Island is actually the top of a submerged mountain. Most of the island's water comes from a natural freshwater spring originating in the Tablelands near Mareeba, and surfacing in the National Park bush behind the main complex.

Being a continental island, Fitzroy is covered with lush, pristine rainforest. Getting wet and exploring the coral reef surrounding the island, where tropical fish present a rainbow of colour, is as easy as stepping off the beach. Bird Life, Sea eagles and a variety of other species can be seen in the national park.

There are also many National Park rainforest walking trails around the island. The walks offer spectacular views across the island and surrounding reefs.

Other popular activities to choose from include sea kayaking, snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours and the ocean trampoline.

Fitzroy is easily accessible with daily departure from Cairns at 8am, 8:30am, 11am and 1.30pm and departing the island at 9.30am, 12.15pm, 4.30pm and 5pm.  There are 4 different ferry operators who run transfers to Fitzroy Island.  They all have different departure and return times.  There are two operators who do offer local rates and if you are a local with local ID you need to contact these companies directly for special rates.  These operators do not always offer local specials.  It depends on the time of year and school holidays.  It is not possible to just arrive and jump on the boat.  If you do want to confirm a daytrip to Fitzroy Island it is defintely advisable to pre-book. 

There is one resort on the island.  There is also a bar and restaurant. 

Our company has an excellent range of packages as well as accommodation rates for the island.  Ferry transfers and Outer Barrier Reef trips are also included in some packages and offer substantial savings.  

The beach on Fitzroy Island is made up of hard corals and is a little tough on soft feet.  We suggest wearing rubber shoes that can get wet for the day.  

Camping:

For those who want to stay longer, Fitzroy Island Camping is now available.

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