Fitzroy Island Cairns

Fitzroy Island Cairns sits just offshore from the North Queensland coast of Cairns.  Visitors can travel on one of several boats that depart daily from Cairns.

White coral beaches include the famous Nudey Beach and Welcome Bay, both edging on the Coral Sea.

Dominating this Island is the Fitzroy Island National Park.  Complete with several fantastic hikes.  Don’t miss the views from the top of the Summit lookout.  Along the trail, there are Native Nutmeg trees and native orchids.

Visitors can choose from half-day, full-day and extended stays to make the most of this beautiful Island.

There are several restaurants on the Island where you can grab a cocktail or enjoy lunch or dinner while enjoying the beautiful sea views.  There is also a small general store with a range of packaged food, drinks, ice creams, BBQ packs, soft drinks and sunblock.

With a cruising time of only 45 Minutes, Fitzroy Island is easily accessible from Cairns with the Fitzroy Flyer, which offers several daily transfers.  This timetable allows you to take an easy day trip or make it an overnight stay.

Stay on Fitzroy Island

If you fancy waking up in paradise, Fitzroy Island Resort offers a range of accommodation options, from rustic camping to comfortable ocean-view suites.  Resort guests can also access the Dive and Adventure Centre, the Island’s tour desk.

From the spectacular tropical scenery to the many activities on offer, no bucket list is complete without visiting Fitzroy Island.

Fitzroy Island comprises a 97% national park with various walking trails.  These range from easy paths to strenuous tracks, which wind their way among giant boulders and tropical scenery right to the Island’s Summit.

Accommodation on the Island is a resort or camping.

At the Fitzroy Island Resort


Accommodation types

Fitzroy Island Resort is the exclusive resort on the Island, with 99 rooms in 7 different categories.  The resort was completed to the highest standards and opened in 2010.   Resort guests have exclusive use of facilities, including Zephyr Restaurant, a resort pool, a spa, a swim-up pool bar, a tour desk, in-room and poolside massage services, a movie theatre, a games room, table tennis and a kid’s playroom.

  • Penthouse
  • Resort Studio
  • Island Suite
  • Welcome Bay Suite
  • Two-Bedroom Suite
  • Beach Cabin
  • Butterfly Bungalows


  • Zephyr Restaurant
  • Foxy’s Bar
  • General Store


  • Hat, sunscreen, beach towel and swimming costume
  • Comfortable walking shoes;
  • Lycra suit (available for hire); and
  • Money for drinks, souvenirs and activities.

Beach Activities

Explore the fringing reefs around Fitzroy Island with a snorkel and a mask.  While you are snorkelling, keep an eye out for turtles and clownfish.  Next, hire a paddle board or explore underwater with a scuba dive.   Then stay dry on a glass-bottom boat tour and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to see the excellent work.

Fitzroy Island Map

Fitzroy Island Map

Special Events on Fitzroy Island

Host a special event on Fitzroy Island.  This backdrop of sparkling azure waters makes for a stunning venue for weddings.

Conservation is also at the heart of this Island, and you can learn about Turtle conservation at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.  This volunteer-operated organisation takes care of sick and injured turtles until they can be released back into the wild.

Fitzroy Island Cairns Hike

Get ready for a fun family outing or an adventurous hike at Fitzroy Island National Park by checking out the top routes.  There are four fantastic routes available for all levels of hikers.

We recommend a good level of fitness, plenty of water and your camera for all these walks.

  1. Lighthouse walk: Visitors should allow 2 hours of walking time for this 3.6-kilometre return walk.  This walk begins with a very steep ascent towards the lighthouse.  This trail offers spectacular views over the Coral Sea.
  2. Secret Garden Walk Visitors are best to allow 25  minutes for this 700-metre return walk.   This short walk will view platforms overlooking a seasonal creek through the remote rainforests and past large granite boulders.
  3. Summit Track – Visitors should allow 2 hours for this 3.6-kilometre return walk.  First, follow the lighthouse walk for 1.2 kilometres, then take a right-hand turn at the Summit track sign.  The track climbs for 500 metres through the woodland to the Summit.  From the Summit, the views are spectacular, so make sure you bring your camera.
  4. Nudey Beach visitors can allow 34 minutes to complete the 1.3-kilometre walk to the stunning Nudey Beach.  This track starts near the camping area and is steep and rough, with lots of steps.

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