So, you’ve planned a trip to the world-renowned Fitzroy Island Resort in Tropical North Queensland. Now comes a challenge — what to pack in your suitcase?
Fitzroy Island – only 45 minutes by ferry from Cairns, is a fabulous destination for adventurers and vacation lovers alike. There is adventure and excitement at every turn, as well as plenty of opportunities for relaxation – you are on a tropical island of course.
And while it’s true that pleasant weather is often on the cards, it’s a good idea to know what you’re instore for when you visit. So, if you’re coming to Fitzroy Island, keep reading because we’re going to give you some information about the kinds of weather you can expect and help you with that packing list.
What kind of weather you can expect at Fitzroy Island?
Queensland has the enviable nickname of the “Sunshine State”, and it is for good reason – it is sunny and glorious more often than not. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re exempt from a bit of cold or less desirable weather every now and then.
When it comes to the weather and seasons though, Fitzroy Island and the rest of Tropical North Queensland, doesn’t really see the traditional four seasons, instead there are two major seasons – the Wet Season and the Dry Season.
The wet season runs from November through to March, covering the Australian summer period, and is when the temperature hits its peak, along with the humidity and the rainfall. The wet season often sees heavy rainfall and sometimes even tropical storms. But don’t let that put you off – the rainfall is usually quite short and happens in the afternoon or evening most often. The temperature tends to range from 24-31 degrees Celsius (75-88 Fahrenheit) during this time.
The dry season is from April through to October and during this time, the humidity and temperatures drop, ranging from 19-25 degrees Celsius (66-77 Fahrenheit). It also coincides with wintertime in Australia, so while the rest of Australia really cools down, here on the island, we’re enjoying the warmth of the sunny skies.
Another season to think about isn’t actually technically a weather season, but rather a nature event – stinger season. From November to May, this is the jellyfish breeding season, and this is when jellyfish can sometimes be found close to the shores of the beaches of TNQ. That doesn’t mean you can’t swim, you just need to take precautions, like wearing a stinger suit for example.
One of the best things about visiting Fitzroy Island is that no matter what time of year you go, you can do so much – nothing is really off limits.
Water sports are probably the most popular activities and on Fitzroy Island, you’ve got your pick of them. From snorkeling to sea kayaking, scuba diving to stand up paddle boarding, and absolutely everything in between.
All you need to bring is a swimsuit, you can hire all the gear you need at FISH (Fitzroy Island Spots Hub), including stinger suits.
You’ve also got access to a variety of other activities – ones that you can stay dry for. Like hiking, glass bottomed boat rides, beach breaks, cocktails and snacks at Foxy’s, and even a visit to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
A lot of the activities on the island are great for people of all ages too, so whether you’re travelling solo or with your family, there’s a lot of fun to be had.
Fitzroy Island Packing List
While sunny skies are a regular occurrence, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve packed appropriately for your time on the island and in the area, so here are some of the essentials to pack for Fitzroy Island.
It goes without saying that your personal documents should be the first thing you secure in your suitcase or carry-on.
- Proof of identification like your passport or driver’s license – plus photocopies of your IDs to be safe.
- Boarding passes and travel documents.
- Credit cards and physical cash for your trip – the island’s resort accepts both cash and credit cards.
Fitzroy Island has a plethora of attractions that you’ll want to capture forever. And what better way to do so than with a camera? Trust us, you’re going to want a camera or your mobile phone with you wherever you go so you can make those memories last a lifetime.
- Camera on your mobile phone
- GoPro in a waterproof case for all of the fun adventure or water based activities
- Chargers, power banks and spare memory cards
The little things are often easy to miss!
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Travel shampoo & conditioner
- Insect repellant
- Other personal essentials like medicine, skincare or makeup.
Knowing the right clothing to pack is probably the most difficult part when it comes to holidays, so here’s the types of clothing you should bring with you to Fitzroy Island.
- Lightweight breathable clothing – pants, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts and dresses.
- Footwear – sandals or thongs and comfy shoes you can be active in, like runners or sneakers.
- Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and beach cover ups.
- Reef shoes or waterproof sandals for walking comfortable on the coral beaches (not essential)
The Wet Season – November to March
The humidity is generally very high, so expect it to feel much warmer than it actually is. You’ll want to pack light, breathable clothing that is ideally quick drying, especially if you plan on hiking, being active or exploring the rainforest.
- Light, quick drying clothing
- Tank tops
- Rain jacket or umbrella
- Insulated water bottle
- Stinger suit if you have one, or you can hire one from the Fitzroy Island Sports Hub
Dry Season – April to October
While it is still quite warm during the dry season, we do suggest bringing some warmer clothing or items you can layer as well as lightweight breathable clothing.
- Warmer clothing for layering
- Base layers – singlets, tank tops and t-shirts
- Long sleeve shirts
- Thin sweaters
- Long pants
- Light jackets
- Enclosed shoes such as runners or boots are also advised
Plan your trip today
If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Fitzroy Island, then check out the range of accommodation available on the island as well as the tours and experiences you can try.
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