Frankland Islands

The Frankland Islands are a group of five uninhabited islands located in Far North Queensland, Australia. They are part of the Cumberland Islands group and are situated approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Cairns.

Join a Frankland Islands tour. 

Prices start at $205 for an adult, $124 for a child, and $534 for a family with 0-4  free infants.

The Frankland Islands are known for their pristine beaches, clear blue waters, and diverse marine life, including coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, and dugongs.

The islands are surrounded by a rich reef system, making them a popular destination for snorkelling, diving, and fishing. There are no permanent residents on the islands, but they are regularly visited by tourists who come to explore the natural beauty and marine life.

Frankland Island Tour departs at Deeral at 8:30 am. Guests check in at 8:15 am.

Frankland Island Reef Cruises are a popular way to visit the Frankland Islands. These cruises offer a convenient and comfortable explore the islands and surrounding coral reefs. Snorkelling and equipment are included in the tour, so visitors can easily enjoy the rich marine life. Visitors can also do guided island tours and learn about the history and ecology of the islands.

Frankland Island Reef Cruises depart from Cairns or the nearby town of Russell Heads. The cruises typically include a scenic boat ride to the islands, free time snorkelling, a semi-submarine tour, and other activities. During the day, guest enjoys a delicious buffet lunch.


Frankland Islands

Frankland Islands, Uninhabited and unspoilt, boast beautiful beaches and brilliant coral gardens.

With a short open water crossing of only 30 minutes, these untouched islands are the perfect location to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful day exploring the crystal waters surrounding Frankland Islands.

This island Cruise is the ONLY operator permitted to visit this area commercially, departing from Deeral, approximately 40 minutes south of Cairns.

Starting with a cruise along the Mulgrave River, learn about the biodiversity of the surrounding rainforest.

The Mulgrave River is an excellent place to spot crocodiles in their natural habitat.

The Frankland Island group comprises five islands with lush vegetation that host many plant and wildlife species.


  • Snorkelling
  • Semi Submarine tour
  • Adventure Snorkel Safari
  • Guided Island Walk Free
  • Kayaks $20
  • Standup Paddleboards $20

Snorkelling is done directly off the beach, and there is plenty of pretty coral and marine life to see.

The marine life is incredibly diverse here, with various coral, octopus, manta rays and sea turtles.

Once on the island, you can relax on the beach and splash with one of the many water activities.

On the island,  you may join the boat’s Marine Biologist on a guided snorkelling tour to their favourite spots in the pristine waters.

Take a guided island walk and learn a little about the local ecosystem.

A delicious tropical lunch on the beach and morning and afternoon tea are included in this tour.

Frankland Island is indeed one of Cairns’ best-kept secrets.

Here are the top five things to do in one Frankland Islands

  1. Snorkelling With its clear waters and rich marine life, the Frankland Islands are a popular destination for snorkelling.  Visitors can explore the coral reefs, observe colourful tropical fish, and see a variety of sea creatures, including sea turtles and dugongs.
  2. Beach activities: The Frankland Islands have several pristine beaches perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. Visitors can also go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  3. Semi-Submarine tour – watch the colourful fish play on the Reef from a dry seat on the semi-submarine tour.
  4. Wildlife watching: Besides its marine life, the Frankland Islands are home to many bird species, including seabirds and migratory birds. Visitors can go birdwatching and observe the different species that call the islands home.
  5. Island walks: The Frankland Islands have lush vegetation, and visitors can go on the island trails to explore the natural beauty and scenic views. These walks provide a chance to observe the local flora and fauna.

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