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Fitzroy Island Day Tour Info
Fitzroy Island is just a 45 minute cruise from Cairns on the modern Sunlover catamaran. Fitzroy Island is surrounded by a beautiful fringing Reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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Passengers travel on-board a large air-conditioned catamaran, which departs daily from the Reef Fleet Terminal.
Fitzroy Island, one of the most unspoilt destinations on the Great Barrier Reef, is rugged with diverse landscapes featuring granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches.
The Fitzroy Island Day tour Includes:
- Modern air-conditioned catamaran transfers
- Free morning tea and coffee on boarding
- Self-guided rainforest walks
- Access to day visitor facilities
Spend the day snorkelling the fringing coral reefs, strolling through the National Park rainforest walking tracks, or for the more adventurous hiker, discover breathtaking views of the island and surrounding reefs. There are hiking trails and guided walks as well as numerous water sports options available.
- 9.30am Departure on board Sunlover?s air-conditioned catamaran
- 10.15am Arrival at Fitzroy Island
- 16.30pm Departure Fitzroy Island
- 17.30pm Arrival in Cairns
Walking Trails at Fitzroy Island
Fitzroy Island National Park offers some amazing walking opportunities for visitors. Walking is one of the best ways to explore and experience the different rainforest flora and fauna on the Island.
There are five main walking trails in Fitzroy Island National Park that range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, each at varying fitness levels.
Secret Garden Track - 1km return (45 minutes)
The track takes you for a pleasant walk from the western edge of the jetty through tropical rainforest around huge granite boulders. Interpretive signs and a viewing platform overlooking the creek valley provide informative facts on the surrounding rainforest plants and animals.
Nudey Beach track ? 1.2 km return (45 minutes)
A relatively easy walk from the western edge of the jetty through tropical rainforest and coast woodlands leading to the beautiful white coral beach. Nudey Beach is the most popular place for swimming and snorkelling on the Island.
Boulder Lookout - 300m return (30 minutes)
Heading east from the back of the jetty, you will find the boulder lookout trail. This short steep climb through the rainforest with its many steps is also the first section of the summit track. The Boulder lookout offers panoramic views towards Cape Grafton and Cairns. The walk returns along the same track back to the jetty.
Lighthouse Road - 3.6km return (2 hours)
The lighthouse road trail is a very steep concrete road that leads from the north-eastern end of Welcome Bay climbing through rainforest towards the lighthouse. You will come across a lookout during your ascent with offers views of the Northern side of the island on a clear day.
The base of the lighthouse (open when a ranger is on duty), contains an informative display of the maritime history of Fitzroy Island and how the lighthouse was used during the World War II. From the lighthouse you will discover spectacular 360 degree views of Fitzroy Island and the surrounding ocean, which make the difficult walk worth the effort.
Summit Track - 2.6km return to resort (3 hours)
The Summit Track is recommended only for fit walkers as it is very steep. From behind the jetty, the track starts up the boulder lookout trail, and then continues to ascend steeply through open woodland to the summit of the island (269m). Views of the Island, the Coral Sea and the mountain ranges are the perfect spot to relax and take in the scenery. The trail then winds down amongst the boulders to join the lighthouse road.
Jodi was a pleasure to deal with
Jodi was a pleasure to deal with, provided advice on weather conditions on Fitzroy Island which helped us decide on which day to the island.
Posted By Linda B
The staff were fun and took great care
My teenagers and I took the boat as far as Fitzroy Island and then back again. It was on time both ways and the staff were fun and took great care to count all the passengers. We were requested to remain in the same seats both directions for covid safe purposes.
Posted By Brigitte Hoffmann
The trip was the best of our 14 day holiday
We saved the best location till last , the trip was the best of our 14 day holiday , we plan to come back and stay at Fitzroy Island. Only wished we had of made this trip on day one.
Posted By Kaz willy
Posted By Emily Minniti
Had a great time... aware staff and good supervision...
Posted By Roger Noakes
Very good tour !!
Very good tour !! We enjoyed a beautiful day
Posted By Julio Cazaban
The staff were wonderful
The staff were wonderful. My husband is not a confident swimmer and Vicki took such care of him as she taught him to snorkel. It was cold on that day so we were so thankful for the access to the hot showers after we snorkelled over the beautiful reef. Lunch was wonderful. Loved it! I would recommend a visit to my friends and family.
Posted By Kerry Odonga
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