Fitzroy Island is a large tropical island on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is a listed National Park.

At Fitzroy Island, you can relax and escape, you can dive right in to adventure or you can do a little of both. Accessible, affordable and friendly, the island’s safe, sheltered waters and pristine natural environment are here for all to explore and enjoy.

Snorkelling in the pristine waters of Fitzroy Island

Explore the Great Barrier Reef – Snorkelling, Diving and Swimming

Fitzroy Island is the perfect spot to visit the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, and it’s a great land based alternative to the Barrier Reef pontoon experience. 

You can swim, snorkel and dive in safety off our iconic coral beaches, exploring this World Heritage Listed coral reef system at your own pace. Make friends with the sea life, including clown fish, turtles and even whales.

Have some fun on the water as well as in it, with activities including diving, snorkelling or kayaking. Explore the coral fringe reef in the comfort of our Glass Bottom Boat. A sheltered passage from Cairns and secure moorings make Fitzroy Island an ideal destination for day trips on your own boat or yacht.

Cruises to the Outer Great Barrier Reef are available daily and can be booked via the tour desk on the Island or for more information, email


Exploring the walking trails at Fitzroy Island

Get Back to Nature – Walking and Exploring

At Fitzroy Island, it’s all about rainforest, beaches and high reaches, with just as much to explore on land as in the sea. 

Explore the bush walking tracks throughout the island, like the Lighthouse and Summit walks, with views all the way to the Barrier Reef.  Trek to magic spots like Secret Garden and Nudey Beach, one of Far North Queensland’s most iconic beaches.

The Island was converted into a military base during World War War II to protect Australia’s mainland from invasion. Most of the walking trails were formed during this time, hence their access to some of the best vantage points in the region, although these days visitors are only on the lookout for the stunning views. Discover Fitzroy Island’s peaks, valleys, rainforests, coral beaches, crystal clear springs, birds and wildlife; and make sure you don’t miss our sunrise and sunset views across to the untouched coastline of Far North Queensland.

Turtle Rehabilitation Tours

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 through the General Store once they arrive on the island. Groups can pre-book private tours (20+ people) by contacting

Escape and Unwind on the Beach

Picture yourself on a beach lined with coconut trees and sloping gently into the calm, clear Coral Sea; this is Fitzroy Island.

Step out straight in front of the Resort to Welcome Bay with all its life and activity, or take a walk to the iconic and stunning Nudey beach, which despite the name, is not what you think!

There is plenty to do around Fitzroy Island’s beaches whether your aim is to relax or get adventurous. This includes fishing, whale watching (between July & September) or just watching the stars by firelight at night.

Dive and Adventure Centre

Enjoy the abundance of water activities available on the Island. 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 Center 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.

Certified SCUBA Diving
Guided Certified Diving is available from the beach or the daily pickup to the Outer Reef accompanied by a dive professional.

SCUBA equipment hire is available; computer, mask, fins, snorkel and tank fill.

*Medical questionnaire or a medical certificate is required for non-certified divers.

For more information on equipment hire and to book diving, email

Glass Bottom Boat Tours - get closer to marine life!

Departing twice a day the Glass Bottom Boat Tours allow you to get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef. The sheltered waters around Fitzroy Island abound with soft coral and marine life.

Tours depart daily at 10:00am (inlcudes snorkelling) and 3:00pm (dry boat). Night tours are available upon request for groups.

Day Tour Packages

The island provides an ideal full or half day tour, relax on the beach, enjoy 5 walks, get into the ocean, snorkel and gear hire available from the Dive and Adventure Centre.

Foxy's Bar provides a wide range of food and drink options including kids meals and coffee. The General Store also has a range of food, drinks and general needs including pies, sandwiches, ice creams, BBQ packs, soft drinks and sunblock.

Fast Cat Return Transfers - $78 per adult, $39 per child and $205 for a family.

Fast Cat & Glass Bottom Boat Tour OR Snorkel Hire - $91 per adult, $47 per child and $235 for a family.

Fast Cat, Glass Bottom Boat Tour & Snorkel Hire - $105 per adult, $59 per child and $285 for a family.

(PLEASE NOTE: A child is defined as being under the age of 12. A family is 2 adults and 2 children)

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To book phone: 07 4044 6700 or email: