Fitzroy Island

Pristine beaches, lush rainforests and an unbelievable underwater world to explore, Fitzroy island is the place for you! The beautiful island is surrounded by fringe reefs, protecting its beaches and giving the island perfect turquoise swimming waters. The unspoilt landscape will draw you in for a day trip in t hidden oasis, perfect for the whole family.

Fitzroy Island has a particularly diverse marine ecosystem, with an abundance of awesome marine life for you to discover. Look out for exotic vibrant fish and aquatic animals. Get up close and personal and go for a snorkel of one of the islands beautiful beaches.

Best Fitzroy Island Day Trips from Cairns

But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves a little here. Fitzroy Island is located just 30 kilometres from Cairns and covers a mammoth 339 hectares. It is located relatively close to the popular Green Island however it is far less touristy and therefore a more relaxing and intimate escape. Fitzroy Island is really the perfect escape.

Arriving on the island after just a 45-minute boat ride, the day is yours to use and explore. Go snorkelling as we mentioned before, or if you want to go deeper into the sapphire waters why not book in for a beginner dive? Get even closer to the seafloor and explore the animals that venture past the Great Barrier Reef to here.

If the water is beckoning to you, but you’d rather stay dry, give kayaking or paddle boarding a try. Equipment can be hired on the island for a small cost, so there is no stress in trying to drag all your gear to the island from the mainland. These are great ways to enjoy the ocean while staying a bit dry. You can also book a glass-bottom boat tour, these semi-submerged boats give you a safe viewing into the underwater world from the comfort of a modern boat.

Fitzroy Island Day Tours

Nature lovers will be in awe of the dense rainforest that covers the island. Leave from the docks and head out on a self-guided rainforest walk to discover the beautiful flora that covers the land. Wander through lush green canopies while tropical birds serenade you with their song. Find the secret garden or take the short walk to Nudey Beach. The stunning beach was voted Australia’s best beach in 2019, so you know it’s going to be amazing!

At the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation centre, you can see as volunteers nurse injured turtles that show up around the island’s shores. Staff will happily answer all your questions and give you advice on the changes you can make to help save our ocean populations.

Fitzroy Island is a magnificent getaway that simply cannot be missed. Book your trip to Fitzroy Island today and experience the magical oasis for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to do on Fitzroy Island?

There is heaps to do on Fitzroy Island! Laze about on the pristine beaches, discover the rainforest via walking tracks, hire a kayak or paddleboard and explore the island, snorkel the fringing reef, grab a drink at Foxy’s Bar, visit the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and more.

How can I hire a kayak or paddleboard?

You can hire them on the day at the Adventure Centre.

How long does it take to get to Fitzroy Island from Cairns?

The ferry journey from Cairns is just 45 minutes.