This idyllic tropical island is within easy reach of Cairns in North Queensland, whether you are looking to catch a ride over on the Fast Cat, or take your own boat.  The tropical North Queensland city of Cairns is accessible from virtually anywhere in Australia by air.

The Cairns International Airport services international and domestic airlines as well as general aviation and a number of helicopter operators. With its close proximity to South East Asia, it is little wonder that Cairns has the fifth busiest airport in Australia, with many international visitors choosing to make it their first port-of-call.  Domestic flights travel to Cairns from all over the country including all capital cities, regional Far North Queensland and tourist destinations such as Uluru (Ayers Rock).

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Fitzroy Island Ferry

A 45 minute Fast Cat ride will get you from Cairns to Fitzroy Island and back daily, perfect for day trips to visit the Great Barrier Reef.  The Fast Cat will also get you there and back again when you’re heading to the island for a longer holiday too.  All Fast Cat services depart from Cairns Marlin Wharf-Berth 20.

Departure Times from Cairns:

  • 8am, 11am* and 1.30pm

Departure Times from Fitzroy:

  • 9.30am, 12.15pm* and 5pm

*11am and 12.15 pm services do not run during the months of February and March

Fast Cat Return Fares:

  • Adult $78
  • Child $39 (4-12 years)
  • Infant Free (0-3 years)

Please check updates as schedules and prices may change for the above. Arrive at the wharf 30 minutes before departure for check-in.

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Day Tours

Fast Cat Transfer only

  • Adult $78
  • Child $39 (4-12 years)
  • Infant Free (0-3 years)
  • Family $205 (Family 2 adults and 2 children. Child 4-12 years)

Day Tour Packages

  • 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 AND Snorkel Hire – $105 per adult, $59 per child and $285 for a family

(A family is 2 adults and 2 children. Family rates are only available for the same day return. Child 4-12 years, Infants 0-3 years.)

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Take Your Own Boat

Visiting the Island in your own yacht or boat gives you even more freedom to take things at your own pace, with the 15 nautical mile trip from Cairns offering a safe passage along scenic coastline. At Fitzroy Island you’ll find secure moorings and anchorage in naturally sheltered waters for private vessels.

Public moorings are located at Latitude 16 deg 93.0S, Longitude 145 deg 98.6E