An incredible day trip to Fitzroy Island | Cairns, Queensland

Fitzroy Island just of the coast of Cairn is a paradise. Beacuse of its location it is prefect for a day trip from Cairns

Only a 45-minute ferry ride from the Tropical Far North Queensland town of Cairns you can find beautiful Fitzroy Island. Home the number one beach in Australia, lots of snorkeling options and plenty of wildlife, this island is not to be missed when traveling to Cairns.

The island is filled with stunning nature, it has a lack of cars, surrounded by stunning turquoise ocean, and many wild turtles! It is no surprise that many people pop over this island to get away for the hustle and bustle of city life. Attracting almost 320,000 this island is however not yet overrun by tourists, making it a nice little must-see heaven.  Because of it close locating it makes Fitzroy Island a perfect for a day trip. But what should you do when spending one day in Fitzroy?

Check it out below….

FITZROY ISLAND BASIC INFORMATION 

Fitzroy Island

Weather

The weather in Fitzor, for most of the year, is pretty much perfect holiday weather!

You will find clear skies, gentle winds, and warm weather to make your stay in Far North Queensland pretty enjoyable.

There are two seasons in North Queensland, the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’ season.
The wet season lasts from November to April, bringing heavy rainfall with some months having over 400 mm of rain and high humidity due to the tropical surroundings.
The dry season that lasts from May to October is the most popular time of the year for visitors to the region. The average temperature throughout the year is between 19 to just over 30 degrees Celsius.

best time to go to Fitzroy island

August really is the best time to experience Fitzroy. Because of the warm sunny days, the stinger free calm blue waters, the comfortable nights and the chance to escape the School Holiday crowds mean August is the time to book.
The stinger season is from around November to May. It is unlikely that box jellyfish would be encountered at Fitzroy Island due to the 4 km passage between the island and the mainland, making it hard for them to get to the island.

Fitzroy island accommodation  

The only accommodation available on the island is Fitzroy Island Resort.  This pretty affordable 4-star resort offers a range of contemporary accommodation including Suites, Beach Cabins, and Studios.

The resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim-up bar, dive store, indoor cinema, Foxy’s bar and a general store. Discover the vibrant corals and marine life, forest birds, butterflies, and the startling white sulfur-crested cockatoos.

Pure tropical island magic….

GETTING THERE | FITZROY ISLAND FERRY 

Fitzroy island ferry

There are several boats that provide transfer services to Fitzroy Island.  Underneath are just a couple of options that you can take:

We went with the Fitzroy Island Flyer. Just because I have traveled with them I have some more information below.

TIMETABLE

Cairns – Fitzroy Island: 8 am, 11 am and 1:30 pm
Fitzroy Island – Cairns; 9:30 am, 12:15 pm and 5 pm

We opted to take the 11 am ferry t the island and the 5 pm one back. The reason for this was that it was forecasted to be a hot day, and we didn’t want to be in the sun for the entire day.

PRICE

We were staying on a campsite in Cairns with our motorhome, so we took an Uber to the Cruise Terminal. if you are coming by your own transport then there is a large park ground next to the cruise terminals. It is only $10 for a full day of parking, so that is very fair. From here you follow the esplanade around to the Reef Fleet Terminal which you can’t miss with all the boats moored off the wharf opposite.

Even if you already have your pre-booked ticket confirmation you still need to head inside and pick out your cruise company from the dozen of so with offices here to exchange your voucher for the actual tickets.  There is also a small shop and restrooms if you’re looking for them in the terminal.  You will get a wristband that allows you access on board of the boat.

It’s a fairly large boat but not as big as some of the ones headed to the outer reef, as these are short trips, they are fine.  The trip across on the day we went was calm waters and it takes less than an hour to get out there so before we knew it we were pulling into the Fitzroy Island wharf.

THINGS TO DO ON FITZROY ISLAND 

Underneath are just a couple of things you should do when visiting the island.

NUDEY BEACH

Nudey beach on Fitzroy Island

This beach has been voted the number one beach of 2018 within Australia by beach ambassador Brad Farmer.

Nudey Beach is about a 15-minute walk from the ferry wharf and offers some nice reef action right off the beach. It is a bit of a hike from the wharf and the route is not always super clear.

The beach is filled with broken of Coral (Which is super upsetting, not sure how that is caused) So please bring Aqua Shoes with you!⠀

Nudey beach on Fitzroy Island

Literally the second you hit the water you will be able to see coral and some fish. The stunning turquoise water is incredibly inviting.

Fitzroy island turtle rehabilitation center

Fitzroy island turtle rehabilitation center

A quick stop at the rehabilitation center is a must when you want to know more about the preservation of these animals. The tour involves a lot about plastics and the environment. You will get to see some rehab turtles during the tour. The money for the cost of the ticket is donated straight to the turtle rehab center.

HOW TO BOOK A TURTLE TOUR

Tours run daily from 1.00 pm. They are 45 minutes in duration, with a maximum of 15 guests and are accompanied by a tour guide.

Cost:  $11.50 Adult, $7.00 Child (4-13 years), infants free of charge

The tours only can be booked on the day at the General Store (next to Foxy’s Bar) or at Resort Guests at the hotel reception.

Welcome Bay

Welcome Bay at Fitzroy IslandWelcome Bay at Fitzroy Island

Hot spots for fish and turtle spotting are around the boulders framing both ends of Welcome Bay. Welcome Bay starts next to the Ferry Warf and it a small beach filled with coral. Only a couple of steps in you will find lots of coral and large fishes. It is, however, depends on the tide if you are allowed to snorkel there. The coral is pretty close to the surface and you will damage it if the tide is too low.

Therefore do please check whether you are allowed to snorkel. The last thing you want to do is damage something so fragile and precious.

Coral at Walcome Bay at Fitzroy IslandCoral at Walcome Bay at Fitzroy Island

places to eat Fitzroy island

Foxy's Bar at Fitzroy island

Fuel up with lunch at Foxy’s Bar and Restaurant on the beachfront at Welcome Bay, just a two-minute walk from the Ferry wharf.

These guys do classic pub-grub style meals. My absolute favorite was sweet potato fries! The perfect snack after a long day of swimming.

If you can nab one of the tables or benches facing directly onto the beach for some pretty amazing views! Not a bad place to wait for the ferry back to Cairns.

If you are heading to Far North Queensland for a trip, then I would defiantly recommend going on a day trip to Fitzroy island! It has some incredible sceneries, so amazing snorkeling opportunities, and it has such a relaxing atmosphere that is the perfect place to de-stress.  The ferry trip is short but stunning and the trip won’t break your bank account. All in all, I would say that this island is a must-see when you are in the area.

Have you ever been to Fitzroy island? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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