Fitzroy Island Travel Guide
White parrot on the loose
White parrot on the loose
Mainland across whale-infested channel
View of the reef on a bad day
fitzroy island beach
Cheaper and closer than most of the other islands on the GBR.
after a while - the smell of mangroves
In a nutshell
Offers more than just diving
The island is in the heart of the australian barrier reef so at least doing some snorkeling is a must when coming here. the underwater world is wonderful and it offers a large variety of tropical fishes and great coral formations.At the resort you can hire all you need for...
Fitzroy island is plenty of wonderful coral beaches which lay betwwen the sea and the rainforest. Usually they consist in little bays and are mainly made of little rocks and corals tough in some places you can also find thin white sand.Beaches are interrupted by big stones...
Walking on the island
Fitzroy island consists of two little hills covered by rainforest. Here you can have beatyful walks to the nice light-house or to the highest point of the island from where you get an amazing view over the ocean and the reef. There are a few little path to get till there so...
Little Fitzroy Island
Off to the northern tip of Fitzroy Island lies the tiny island of Little Fitzroy Island. Not much is found there except a small beach and a light house. I did not get to see this island close up, let alone go to it. I do believe that the kayak trip around the island includes...
Fitzroy Island's Rainforests
One of Fitzroy Islands greatest attibutes is it's beaches. The first thing you'll notice as you approach Fitzroy Island is another of its great attributes and that is its lush, vibrant, and dense rainforest. With several trails coursing their way through it, the rainforest...
Fitzroy Island Resort
5 Reviews and 225 Opinions It's the only possibility of accommodation in the island and it's really nice. It consist of some...
Don't go hungry!
Okay, while I have written that the food can be a bit expensive if you're a backpacker, it is still definitely worth the price. There is only one restaurant for dining at on the island, but you do have the choice of buying your own food (meat, etc.) and cooking it on the BBQ or in one of the guest-kitchens.
The menu has a range to suite everyone; salads, seafood, red meat, chicken and all of it fresh and beautifully presented when served.
My suggestion is to grab one of the tables closest to the beach a bit before sunset, and just enjoy your dinner whilst listening to the sounds of the ocean.
Favorite Dish: My favourite meal was when I had chicken satay and rice. Simple, but mouth-watering.
Written Jan 29, 2004
- Related to:
- Study Abroad
- Family Travel
Fitzroy island is closest to the mainland and it takes no more than 45min to reach it by ferry from Cairns. The word ferry is used loosely in this case. There is one trip in the morning(8:30h) to the island and one trip back in the afternoon(17:00h). There is a great chance...
From Cairns to Fitzroy island
Here is a good boat service between cairns and Fitzroy Island. The journey lasts abpout 40 minutes and offers beautyful views over the australian coast and the ocean.
Ferry to Fitzroy Island
The only way to get to Fitzroy Island is by ferry. It is a 45 minute trip from Cairns to Fitzroy Island. There are 3 departures a day from either side:Dep. Cairns: 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am & 3.45pmDep. Fitzroy: 9.30am, 3.00pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm (Check the website for any...
Getting To Fitzroy.
Well, there's really only one way to the island and that's by ship. The ferry service runs from the Trinity Wharf in Cairns to Fitzroy and runs several times a day. Reservations in advance are encouraged, but the ship is pretty big so I don't think it will be too much...
The not so soft beaches.
From this picture, you should get a good sense of how rugged the beach substrate is. It's made up of large coral pieces which have broken off the fringing reefs surrounding the island. These pieces make their way to shore and accumulate to create this large beaches. In the hot sun, these pieces of broken coral can get quite hot, and on top of it, they're not very comfortable to walk on. As such, I suggest wearing a pair of aqua-shoes as they will keep your feet protected. Flip-flop sandals (thongs) are not suggested because your feet will slide in them and occasionally meet the scalding substrate.
Written Sep 18, 2004
- Related to:
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
Tanning is okay, but UV is not.
Any bathing suit will do. Bring your own towels as they are not provided on the island. Also, a pair of aqua-shoes would be good as the hot coral is awkwardly shaped and burns the feet (well my sensitive feet at least).
Be sure to pack the waterproof UV protectant....
Sun! Sun! Sun!
Pack light - except on food and water!
(For summer)Hmm, bathers, boardshorts and a nice loose shirt - nothing too heavy or you'll over heat.Sandles are good, but sneakers that are "breathable" - so your feet don't get too sweaty, are good if you go on one of the walks...
Walking north from the pier the beach ends in a bunch of rocks (where I caught the sand crab). Out in the water, the big massive rock is known as Bird Rock. You guessed it, it gets its name from all the birds that perch on it time and time again. Funny enough, the whole time...
Tidal Pools or Fresh water pools
In a couple of spots on the island, I came across these crystal clear pools of water that I couldn't figure if they were tidal pools or fresh water pools. I think it depended on the location really, but I guess I could have figured it out by tasting the water. I was too...
Well, did you really think I would post pictures of a nudey beach here. Heck, did you think I would have the audacity to take a camera to the nudey beach. I think not! The nudey beach is accessible by hiking a small trail that takes a mere 15-20 minutes at most to hike to....
Scuba diving off of Fitzroy Island
Fitzroy Island houses its own Scuba center staffed by friendly and knowledgable Dive Masters and Dive Instructors. Reservations can be made in advance or on the island if space is available. The center has it's own small boat which they use to take you to only the best spots...
Hiking on Fitzroy Island
Surprisingly enough, there are some nice trails to hike on Fitzroy Island. It seems the most traversed is the one leading to the nudey beach. Perhaps it's because of the short distance or maybe it's because of other reasons. Well it is certainly not the only trail and all of...
The little Sand Crab.
Fitzroy Island is certainly teeming with wildlife. Most of it is of course from the sea, but they still count. If you head towards Little Fitzroy island, there is are a number of rocks on the beach when explored more closely, yield a huge amount of sea creatures. I was...
A nice shaded spot.
One of the best things about Fitzroy Island is it's proximity to Cairns. Just a swift 45 minute ride away, it is so easy to get to. Within moments, you leave a small, touristy city, and make your way to a tropical paradise. The weather in this part of the world is warm so be...
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