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  • Address: Australia
Forty-five minutes by boat from Cairns, Fitzroy Island has been many things — a Chinese Quarantine Station, a Mission School, a WWII coast-watch station...and today it’s all about its natural features — tropical rainforest and a fringe coral reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef system, where you can dive and snorkel in among green sea turtles, clown fish, and parrotfish.

A continental island that separated from the mainland in the last Ice Age over 8,000 years ago, Fitzroy Island covers just 4km — 97% of which is National Parkland that you can wander through on the walking trails through the forest and along the coast. The rest of the island is all about the white sand beaches, and on the sheltered western end you’ll find the island’s accommodation, a restaurant, Foxy’s Bar, and a conference and wedding venue. There’s also a diving school on the island, and options to go on glass bottom boat tours, SUP boarding, ocean trampolining, and kayaking. A relaxed walk is to the old lighthouse on the northwest point. On a clear day, from here you can look out past Cape Grafton to the Frankland Islands.

Practical Info

Eighteen miles from the mainland, it’s possible to stay overnight on Fitzroy Island or you can just head out there on a day trip. To reach the island from Cairns, head to the Reef Fleet Terminal to take the high-speed 45-minute ferry, which departs at 9am.

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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, null
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 162 Reviews

Escape to Fitzroy Island, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef located only 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Cairns. Spend your day doing as much or ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.07
Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking, Cairns & the Tropical North, Snorkeling
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Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Fitzroy Island during a full-day excursion that includes a guided kayak trip in the morning, and free time to explore on your ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.88
Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Looking for some adventure in paradise? Get high in the sky on a tandem sky dive over Cairns with spectacular bird's-eye views of the Great Barrier Reef and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $205.73

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