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We Answer Your Questions About Fitzroy Island

We know that when it comes to holiday planning, there is a lot to think about. 

In fact, we’re often asked a lot of questions about holidays and trips to Fitzroy Island, so we thought that we would compile a list of the most common questions we’re asked and give you the answers all in one place. 

So, if you’ve been thinking about coming to visit Fitzroy Island and you have some questions, read on to see if we have answered your question here. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Fitzroy Island

How long does it take to get to Fitzroy Island?

Even though Fitzroy Island is a tropical island in the Coral Sea, you don’t have to travel too far to get there. 

Fitzroy Island is around 29 km from the Australian mainland – with Cairns being the closest major town. The easiest way to get there is via the Fitzroy Flyer ferry, which leaves from the Cairns Marina a few times a day. 

You can also opt to take your own boat over to the island too. There are mooring fees required however, they are pretty affordable. 

Cairns is a large city in Far North Queensland and has an airport, so if you’re coming from another state or country, it’s pretty easy to make your way to Cairns. 

What can you do on the island?

Fitzroy Island offers so many different activities and sights to see, with something interesting for people of all ages. 

Whether you’re into a relaxing holiday vibe or you like a little bit of action and adventure, you’re going to be entertained. 

Many of the most popular activities on the island are water-based and include:

  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Glass bottomed boat rides
  • Sea kayaking

However, in addition to these water sports and experiences, you can also take part in educational talks and information sessions, as well as classes and workshops where you can make the most of your crafting skills. And you can also enjoy spending time at other establishments on the island like Zephyr’s restaurant and Foxy’s Bar. 

Is it easy to get to the Great Barrier Reef?

Yes! As you may already know, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system, and on Fitzroy Island we’re lucky enough to be situated in the very same waters that the Great Barrier Reef is in – the Coral Sea. 

Only metres from the shores of the island, you can find coral gardens and marine creatures of this marvellous underwater world. So, you don’t have to travel too far to get a glimpse of the Reef. 

The island is also a great launching pad for Great Barrier Reef tours, with trips to the outer reefs available. 

If you’ve always dreamt of seeing the Great Barrier Reef, doing so from Fitzroy Island is a pretty great way to go about it. 

Can I learn how to scuba dive?

You sure can. 

We offer scuba lessons, courses and tours on the island that are run by accredited PADI instructors. No matter whether you’re a first-time scuba diver, you want to brush up on your skills or you’re looking for a challenge, there is an option for you. 

We even have scuba lessons for children. The Bubblemaker program has been designed to give kids the chance to learn how to use scuba equipment and even explore the shallow waters around the island (under the supervision of the PADI instructor). 

Can I meet a sea turtle?

If you’ve always wanted to see a sea turtle up close, Fitzroy Island is a great place to do just that. 

The waters of the Reef happen to be home to 6 of the world’s 7 species of sea turtles. 

You may have a chance of seeing them out in the wild if you’re diving, snorkelling, or spending time out on the water. 

But, when you’re on the island, you also have the opportunity to see the sea turtles without even getting wet – by visiting the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on the island. 

Run by volunteers, the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is home to many injured and unwell sea turtles. Here, they are nursed back to health and released back into the wild (if that is appropriate). 

The centre is home to some permanent turtle residents and during your time there you can meet some of these turtles, as well as learn about their experiences and how the centre helps them. 

Definitely a worthwhile experience. 

What types of accommodation is available on the island?

The Fitzroy Island Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options, including suites, hotel rooms, beach cabins and beach bungalows, with each of these available in various sizes to cater to groups of all sizes. 

As there is such a broad range of accommodation options, it means that the island is pretty affordable and budget friendly. So, if you’re looking for a luxurious holiday or something super affordable, Fitzroy Island is the best place. 

You can learn more about the Fitzroy Island Resort accommodation here

Can you camp on Fitzroy Island?

You sure can. 

The island’s camping ground is only a 5-minute walk from the jetty and is right next to the beach. 

So, you can enjoy the sounds of the ocean and mornings by the beach. 

You have the option to bring your own camping gear, or you can hire everything you need to camp on the island. Learn more about beach camping on Fitzroy Island here. 

Is it safe to travel to Fitzroy Island alone?

Fitzroy Island is a great holiday destination for solo travellers. The safe, friendly, and relaxed nature of the locals and resort staff on the island have done an incredible job of creating a comfortable and safe environment. 

If you are travelling alone, you’re also going to be thoroughly entertained during your time on the island. All of the activities and experiences on the island are open to people travelling alone, with many of them being the perfect way to meet new people. 

Is it good for family trips?

Fitzroy Island is the ideal holiday destination for everyone, including family groups both big and small. 

There are plenty of amazing activities for people of all ages to take part in, and even activities for the kids that have been designed to give parents a break too. 

With such a vast array of activities available on the island there’s bound to be something for everyone in your family to enjoy. 

Can you get married on the island?

You certainly can. 

Fitzroy Island is a stunning destination for a wedding (and honeymoon), with many couples having tied the knot on the island. 

You can work with Fitzroy Island to create your ideal wedding, with a variety of ceremony and reception options available on the island. 

Learn more about weddings on Fitzroy Island here

Plan your trip to Fitzroy Island today

So, now that we’ve hopefully answered your questions about Fitzroy Island, it’s time to book your adventure to visit us. 

You can book accommodation online here and various tours and activities here

If you have other questions about the island, activities, accommodation, or anything, just get in touch with us today. We’re happy to help you have the best holiday of your life on Fitzroy Island. 


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