Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise where guests can choose to either relax and escape or dive right into adventure. Explore rainforest walking trails, escape and unwind on a deserted beach or take the opportunity to snorkel, dive, sea kayak and discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Fitzroy Island is accessible, affordable and friendly. The island’s safe, sheltered waters and pristine natural environment are here for everyone to explore and enjoy whether you're here for a day, or a longer stay.
Snorkelling and swimming are accessible at Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach. Water activities in other areas of the island are not recommended due to the danger of strong currents. Snorkelling offers the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful colours of the fringing reef and the marine life which include Nemo the clown fish and green sea turtles.
Dive and Adventure Centre
The Adventure Center hire services include single or double kayaks with glass portal viewing, snorkel and stinger suit hire and stand up paddle boards. Hire services are available by the hour or day. The Dive Centre is PADI accredited and offers introductory SCUBA Diving in the training pool or from a safe beach access 35m from the shop. Introduction dives start from $100 per person.Guided Certified Diving is available from the beach or the daily pickup to the Outer Reef accompanied by a dive professional.
Giant Ocean Trampoline
The giant ocean trampoline is located 25 – 30 Metres from the Beach Hire Hut. Unlimited day use of the trampoline is available to Raging Thunder passengers, or a $5 per person per day fee applies.
Fitzroy Island has safe anchorage facilities for private boats, providing eight A class public moorings. Monohulls with a maximum length of 10m and multihulls with a maximum length of 9m can use the A class moorings. To protect the marine park, it is important to only anchor on sand and avoid shallow beach access to the island. This prevents coral damage caused by anchors and chains dragging across the reef. Disposal of garbage in the marine park is prohibited. If you plan on travelling to Fitzroy Island by private boat, visit the Fitzroy Island Government Parks Website for more information.
Fishing in the waters around Fitzroy Island National Park is strictly regulated and subject to zoning and boundary conditions to protect the World Heritage Site. For detailed maps and information about bag and size limits before fishing, visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website.
Fitzroy Sea Kayaking offers a tranquil way to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the island, exploring remote hidden delights and private beaches, with exclusive snorkeling locations only accessible by kayak. Typically the route will travel along the front of the island to Little Fitzroy Island.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Departing twice a day the Glass Bottom Boat Tours allow you to view the reef without getting wet. Ideal for non-swimmers and families with young children. The sheltered waters around Fitzroy Island abound with soft coral and marine life. Tours depart daily at 10:00am (inlcudes snorkelling) and 1:30pm (dry boat). Night tours are available upon request for groups.
Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
The Cairns rehab centre is a voluntary-based, non-profit organisation, operated completely on donations from local businesses and the public. These donations go directly towards the maintenance and feeding of the sick and injured turtles. Each day the turtles are fed, the tanks are cleaned and medication administered when required. The success rate for the rehabilitation of the turtles has gone from 30% to 85% and is now one of the highest success rates in Australia.
Many of the turtles are brought into the rehab centre with an illness called ‘floaters syndrome’ which is an obstruction that occurs in the turtle’s gut causing air to become trapped between the shell and the body, impacting the animal's ability to dive down to the sea grass beds in order to eat. If these turtles are not found they end up starving to death.
The Fitzroy Island campus of Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has opened its doors for daily tours allowing people to learn about the history of the organisation and the journey to recovery which injured or sick turtles undergo whilst at this centre, prior to their release back into the ocean. Tours are limited to 15 people so guests are advised to book fast.