Fitzroy Island is a little piece of paradise in far North Queensland!
During your stay at Fitzroy Island, you will be surprised with the choice of things to do around the island! With a range of water and land activities, everyone is catered for. You can choose to be as active as you want or simply relax and unwind while taking in the beautiful vistas.
The picturesque island is a popular wedding destination offering guests and visitors a selection of resort style accommodation and packages. Being close to the mainland, Fitzroy Island is also a popular short romantic getaway and an ideal destination for day trippers.’
In 1969, the first holiday home was erected on Fitzroy Island. Eight years later, the first resort was built. Since then, four different resort have been erected – each replacing the last. Fitzroy Island’s luxury resort opened in 2010 and today continues to be a mega tourism drawcard to its safe and sheltered waters.
Getting To Fitzroy Island
Fitzroy Island is 45 minutes off the mainland of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Fast Cat island transfers depart from Marine Wharf and Fitzroy Island Jetty at various times of the day. The Fitzroy Island ferry jetty is a popular diving spot for the more adventurous types.
Island Accommodation Options
Resort accommodation includes a luxury appointed Penthouse with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; various suites and studios; 6 self-contained bungalows set amongst the rainforest overlooking the beach and a number of beach cabins.
Cairns council campground is located next to the beach, a 5 minutes’ walk from the jetty. It has approximately 20 tent sites, shower block, beachfront BBQs and pergola covered eating areas. Campers need to bring all their own camping equipment. Find the exclusive offers for the best Fitzroy Island accommodation on TripAdvisor.
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Eating Options on Queensland Island
Zephyr Restaurant on Fitzroy Island overlooks the calm waters of Welcome Bay offering a true tropical dining experience with Modern Australian Cuisine. Resort guests and visitors can dine and drink at Foxy’s Bar, a large shady restaurant on the ocean front. On weekends, Foxy’s offers live music in an idyllic setting.
A small general store with provision for very basic food supplies including milk, bread, eggs, pre-made sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, small cakes, drinks and an assortment of small souvenirs caters more for campers and day trippers.
For those who wish to bring food to the island, there is a Woolworths Supermarket on Abbot Street which is a 10-minute walk from the Marlin Wharf, where the Fast Cat island transfers depart.
Consumption of BYO alcohol and lighting of fires is not permitted, and noise restrictions are enforced after 10 pm. The island is licensed, and takeaway alcohol is available for purchase through Foxy’s Restaurant and Bar.
Fitzroy Island Activities
There are a number of water activities to choose from including snorkelling, diving, swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The Beach Dive and Adventure Centre hires a selection of water activity equipment. If you prefer not to get wet, there is the ‘Glass Bottom Boat Tour and Scenic Catamaran Sailing Experience’.
The beach is made up of white coral fragments and difficult to walk on without shoes. Ideally, waterproof shoes or thongs are best should you wish to walk along the beach. There is limited shade on the beach so ensure you wear sunscreen, hat and swim shirt during the hot months.
Fish feeding takes place at the jetty twice daily at 11:30am – 3:30pm.
Meet the Turtles
Queensland has the longest history of marine turtle conservation and management in Australia. Doug Gamble Fitzroy Island Resort Director donated the land for island’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Visitors can take a tour of the centre to learn more about the history of the organisation and the plight of injured, sick turtles and the successful recovery program, prior to the turtles release back into the ocean. Adults $8.80 Children $5.50. Tours can only be booked on the day via the General Store (next to Foxy’s Bar.) Resort guests can book via the resort’s reception.
Nature and Beach Walks
Lighthouse and Summit self-guided walks offer exceptional ocean views. The walks to the lighthouse and summit are quite steep and suitable footwear is advisable. Behind Foxy’s bar is a beautiful and peaceful rainforest walk through the Secret Garden and access to Nudey Beach. Nudey in name only. It is illegal to swim or sunbathe in the nude on Fitzroy Island.
Hiking Fitzroy Island – 2.5 hours return
Secret Garden – 45 minutes return
Nudey Beach – 45 minutes return
‘Fitzroy Island is a little piece of paradise on earth’.
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