Explore the famous Fitzroy Island on this full-day trip from Cairns.
A visit to this tropical island is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience. The lush rainforest meets sandy beaches before giving way to the marine life and coral of the Great Barrier Reef.
Fitzroy Island is an ideal full day trip to explore both the reef and rainforest. Around 99% of the island is covered in dense rainforest. During your Fitzroy Island Day trip, explore walking tracks with stunning views and opportunities to spot native birds and wildlife. In addition to nature spotting, the island has a rich wartime history, operating as a military base in World War II.
A short distance from the beach you will find the coral reefs and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Take up the option to add snorkelling to your full-day trip pass when booking to explore this unique habitat. Above the surface, try the many activities on offer such as glass-bottom boat tours, paddleboarding or relaxing on the famous Nudey Beach.
After boarding, the air-conditioned catamaran will arrive at Fitzroy Island in around 45 minutes. The Fitzroy Island Day Trip provides approximately 6 hours to explore the island.
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Combine your Fitzroy Island day trip with the Fitzroy Island and outer reef experience to see the best of the Great Barrier Reef.
See it all with the Fitzroy Island Day Package, including both snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tour.
- Fitzroy Island National Park
- Great Barrier Reef
8:30 am – Check-in Opens
9:15 am – Check-in Closes
9:30 am – Depart Cairns Marina
10:15 am – Arrive at Fitzroy Island
4:20 pm – Depart Fitzroy Island
5:30 pm – Arrive at Cairns Marina
*Please note, that seasonal departures may apply
Your Fitzroy Island Day Trip includes Return transfers to and from Fitzroy Island only.
You can add on Snorkel Equipment hire with your booking.
If you would like to hire a camera for the day, this is available onboard the boat. Please speak to the photographers (Calypso Imagery) to arrange your hire on the day.
What to bring
- Towel, hat, sunscreen as well as swimwear and sunglasses
- Sturdy footwear if you intend to complete any of the Bushwalk Trails
- Cash or credit card for snacks, drinks and souvenirs
- In addition, you can bring along a picnic lunch, however, no alcohol is permitted due to the Resort liquor licensing. Foxy’s Bar is also open to purchase meals and drinks.
How to get there
Fitzroy Island Transfers depart from the Marlin Jetty in Cairns.
Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, between 8:30 am and 9:15 am to collect your boarding passes.
The main beach at Fitzroy Island is a coral beach. This can be uncomfortable to walk on with bare feet, so we recommend keeping your shoes on. Once you head over to Nudey Beach, there are soft white sands which can be accessed with bare feet.