Explore the Natural Beauty of Fitzroy Island, Cairns

Nestled just off the coast of Cairns, Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise waiting to be discovered.  Its crystal-clear waters, lush rainforest, and abundant marine life make it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers alike.

Fitzroy Island Cairns

Getting There

Fitzroy Island is easily accessible from Cairns.  Regular ferry services run from the Cairns Marlin Marina making it a convenient day trip or an ideal spot for a more extended island getaway.

Things to Do

Fitzroy Island snorkeling


  1. Snorkeling and Diving: Dive into the stunning underwater world surrounding Fitzroy Island.  The fringing coral reefs are home to various colourful marine life, making it a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise.
  2. Hiking Trails: Explore the island’s lush rainforest on well-marked hiking trails.  The Lighthouse and Summit tracks offer panoramic views of the Coral Sea and the mainland.
  3. Relax on the Beaches: Fitzroy Island boasts several pristine beaches, including Nudey Beach, voted one of the best beaches in Australia.  Relax on the white sands or take a dip in the clear waters.
  4. Glass-Bottom Boat Tours: If you prefer to stay dry, take a glass-bottom boat tour to observe the marine life and coral formations without getting wet.
  5. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the coastline and hidden coves at your own pace.
  6. Birdwatching: Fitzroy Island is home to a variety of bird species.  Keep an eye out for colourful parrots, sea eagles, and more.

Where to Stay

Fitzroy Island Resort Pool

Fitzroy Island offers comfortable accommodation options, including the Fitzroy Island Resort.  Wake up to stunning ocean views and the sounds of nature just outside your door.


Enjoy delicious meals at the island’s restaurants and cafes.  Indulge in fresh seafood and tropical cuisine while enjoying the serene island atmosphere.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a combination, Fitzroy Island has it all.  It’s a tropical paradise just a short boat ride from Cairns, making it a perfect addition to your North Queensland itinerary.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquillity of Fitzroy Island and create unforgettable memories on your Cairns getaway.

Experience Luxury and Serenity at Fitzroy Island Resort

Welcome to Fitzroy Island Resort, the pinnacle of tropical luxury and relaxation nestled on the pristine shores of Fitzroy Island.  This exclusive resort, completed to the highest standards and opened in 2010, offers an unforgettable getaway in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Accommodations for Every Taste

With 99 rooms across seven different categories, Fitzroy Island Resort caters to every type of traveller.  Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape, a family adventure, or a solo retreat, you’ll find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.

Exclusive Resort Facilities

At Fitzroy Island Resort, guests are treated to an array of exclusive facilities and services, ensuring a memorable stay.

  • Zephyr Restaurant: Delight your taste buds with delectable cuisine at Zephyr Restaurant, where the flavours of the tropics come to life.
  • Resort Pool: Lounge by the resort pool, soak up the sun and take in the breathtaking views of the Coral Sea.
  • Spa and Massage Services: Pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments and in-room or poolside massage services.
  • Swim-Up Pool Bar: Sip on your favourite cocktails at the swim-up pool bar, the perfect place to unwind and socialise.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy movie nights at the on-site movie theatre, challenge friends and family in the games room, or indulge in a game of table tennis.  There’s also a dedicated kid’s playroom for the younger guests.

Your Island Escape Awaits

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island Resort offers not only luxury and comfort but also access to the natural wonders of Fitzroy Island.  Explore the surrounding coral reefs, hike through lush rainforests, and revel in the tranquillity of this tropical paradise.

Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, Fitzroy Island Resort promises an unforgettable experience.  It’s the perfect base for creating lasting memories on your Great Barrier Reef getaway.

Discover the epitome of tropical elegance at Fitzroy Island Resort and embark on a journey of luxury and serenity in one of Australia’s most beautiful destinations.

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



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

Adventures Await on Fitzroy Island’s Pristine Beaches

Fitzroy Island is a paradise for beach lovers and water enthusiasts, offering a treasure trove of exciting activities to make your visit unforgettable.

Snorkelling Exploration

Grab your snorkel and mask to uncover the mesmerising world beneath the waves.  As you snorkel along the fringing reefs, keep your eyes peeled for the gentle giants of the sea—tortoises—and the vibrant colours of clownfish dancing among the corals.

Paddle Boarding Fun

Hire a paddleboard and cruise along the crystal-clear waters surrounding Fitzroy Island.  Paddleboarding is a fantastic way to soak in the stunning coastal views and enjoy a serene connection with the ocean.

Scuba Dive Adventures

For those seeking deeper underwater experiences, Fitzroy Island offers scuba diving opportunities that will leave you in awe.  Explore the thriving marine life and vibrant coral formations that make the Great Barrier Reef world-famous.

Glass-Bottom Boat Excursions

Would you prefer to stay dry while still enjoying the mesmerising underwater world?  Hop on a glass-bottom boat tour.  It’s a fantastic way to witness the Reef’s beauty without getting wet.  You’ll be amazed by the colourful coral gardens and the diverse marine species that call this area home.

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Take some time to visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on the island.  Here, you can learn about the incredible work done to protect and rehabilitate sea turtles.  Witness these magnificent creatures up close and gain a deeper appreciation for their conservation.

Your Beach Adventure Awaits

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced water enthusiast, Fitzroy Island offers something for everyone.  From the thrill of snorkelling to the tranquillity of paddleboarding, this island paradise invites you to create lasting memories surrounded by natural beauty.

Dive into the turquoise waters, explore the colourful coral reefs, and embark on a beach adventure on Fitzroy Island.  It’s the perfect destination to make a splash and experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef up close.

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 cares for sick and injured turtles until they return to the wild.

Fitzroy Island Cairns Hike

Summit Lookout Fitzroy Island

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

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

  1. Lighthouse walk: Visitors should allow 2 hours 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 should 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.  The views from the summit 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 many steps.

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