Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island beach

Fitzroy Island is an island in the Great Barrier Reef, close to the Australian city of Cairns. The island is 339 hectares in size, 324 of which is protected as Fitzroy Island National Park. The island is within sight of the mainland; in fact, it's a peak in a mountain chain which lies south of Cairns.

Get in

Fitzroy Island is only accessible by ferry from Cairns. Ferries depart at 8:30AM, 10:30AM and 4PM. The trip takes 45 minutes. A day return trip costs $63. Contact Fitzroy Island Pty Ltd, operated by Raging Thunder Adventures at 52-54 Fearnley St, Cairns. tel 07 4051 9588. fax 07 4052 1335. email You can buy tickets that include some combination of snorkeling equipment hire, a barbecue lunch and a glass bottom boat tour.

Get around

The island's roads are for walking only; they're just dirt tracks of varying quality. Reception, the eateries and the accommodation are all very close to the ferry wharf, so you won't have to walk far with bags in tow. You can travel around the island by water in a sea kayak, or hire one of several kinds of boat.




The resort has several small eating establishments:



All accommodation on the island is managed by Fitzroy Island Resort, & can be booked through numerous tour desks in Cairns.

There are a number of different styles available:

Go next

Ferries to Cairns leave at 9:30AM, 3PM and 5PM daily.

You can take fast trips to the Outer Reef on the Raging Thunder speedboats, which reach the Outer Reef in 25 minutes. Cost is $150 adults and $110 children including ferry transfer from and to Cairns. Raging Thunder shares management with Fitzroy Island.

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