Cairns is a fantastic launching point to explore the islands nearby.

There are heaps of famous islands in Australia, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience. Off the coast of Queensland alone there are almost 2,000 islands!

One of the best islands to visit off the coast of Cairns is Fitzroy Island.

How to get there

You can easily visit Fitzroy Island by ferry. The ferry ride takes only 45 minutes before arriving to the tropical island. There are return services from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal every day of the week.

What to do

Hike through the rainforest

Fitzroy Island holds a large rainforest with lots of hiking trails. The popular Summit Track leads to the island’s summit and offers panoramic views of the reefs and nearby islands.

Water activities

Whether you prefer to snorkel or scuba dive, the island is a great place to explore the surrounding reefs. If you prefer not to get in the water, you can hire a kayak or paddleboard, or take a tour on a glass-bottom boat.

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is a great non-profit organisation that cares for sick and injured turtles before releasing them back into the wild. Every Tuesday through Sunday, the rehabilitation centre offers visitors a guided Turtle Talk. The talk is a great way to learn all about turtle rehabilitation and the importance of keeping the reef a clean and safe habitat for marine life.

Where to stay

If you plan to spend more than one day on Fitzroy Island, you’ll have a lovely stay at the Fitzroy Island Resort. The resort sits between the rainforest and the beach, offering spectacular views all around. The resort offers glass-bottom kayak rentals, snorkelling, and diving. When you’re not in the water, you can enjoy the resort’s indoor cinema and tasty restaurant.

On the other hand, maybe you’re planning to visit the island on a day trip. If that is the case, consider joining our One Day Fitzroy Island Tour from Cairns! This tour includes six hours on the island, allowing for plenty of time for water activities and reef exploration.

Another fantastic option

Another incredible island located just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns is Green Island. Visitors travelling to Green Island can stay at Green Island Resort, which acts as the central hub of the island. There are lots of activities to enjoy including snorkelling and diving. If you are only planning to visit for the day, consider our unforgettable One Day Green Island Tour.

Take the chance to cross off a bucket-list item and visit one of the wonderful islands from Cairns today!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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