Weekly Activity Schedule for Resort Guests

There is certainly no shortage of activities available on Fitzroy Island.  Whether you would like to explore, discover, relax or indulge – we have options for everyone, including the kids!

Visit the Tour Desk in reception for what’s on this week!

Activities are subject to seasonal change, please check with the reception desk for the current timetable and to make any bookings.

Activity Timetable – 14th to 20th June 2021

Activity Timetable – 21st to 27th June 2021

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Junior Marine Biologist Program

Get the kids out and about with our fun and educational Junior Marine Biologist program! Spend the morning with our resident Marine Biologist and learn about our beautiful oceans and marine life through a series of fun ‘hands on’ activities.

Activities include beachcombing, fish feeding, water quality testing & learning about the anatomy of marine animals. The program includes a packed lunch to takeaway and presentation of certificates!

Available for both Day Tour & Resort guests. Held on Sundays – click here for timetable.

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Kids Activities 

Fitzroy Island is offering fun and interactive child-friendly activities. Various kids craft and fitness activities are designed by our Tours & Activities Coordinator to give your kids a fun environment to burn off their energy and make new friends on the island. Unless stated otherwise, kids activities are complimentary for Resort guests!

Activities include: 

  • Fish Feeding – On the jetty daily at 11:30am & 3:30pm
  • Kids Arts & Craft – structured art & craft sessions with mess and fun for kids aged 5-11 years.
  • Mad Science – Mad Science experiments under controlled situations with lots of fun to be had! For kids 8-15 years. $10 per child.
  • Junior Marine Biologist Program – Spend the morning with the resident marine biologist to learn more about our oceans. Find out more here.
  • Marine Specimens ‘Touch & Learn’ – Interactive activity where participants get to touch and learn from our collection of marine specimens. All ages welcome, but aimed at kids/families.
  • Movie screenings – at Foxy’s Bar.

Activities are subject to seasonal change, please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Bush Tucker & Nature Walks 

Join our knowledgeable staff on a 30-45-minute tour of the resort grounds looking into the private life of plants.

Topics Include:

  • Learn about the flora & fauna of Fitzroy Island
  • The different kinds of edible plants
  • Traditional indigenous uses
  • Modern plant use
  • History of the island

Please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Educational Talks 

  • Touch & Feel Marine Session – Immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater world with an interactive ‘touch & learn’ session with a variety of marine specimens.
  • Reef Restoration – Learn about the coral nurseries that have been planted by the Reef Restoration in an effort to harvest and plant new corals on the damaged areas of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Reef After Dark Show – Explore the nocturnal life on the reef through a series of photos and videos.
  • Marine Megafauna – Learn about the ‘Big 5’ found on the Great Barrier Reef – Sting rays, sharks, whales, dolphins & turtles!
  • Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef – A presentation about the amazing life of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Marine Life of Welcome Bay – Find out about the marine life you could see here at Fitzroy Island on our fringing reef.
  • Sustainability at Fitzroy Island – Learn about the ways we are minimising our ecological impact through our operations and how we aspire to remain sustainable with our natural resources.

Please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Water Activities & Guided Tours

One of the best ways to explore Fitzroy Island is on the water! Why not go snorkelling and uncover the beauty of the underwater world, or stay dry and admire the coral reefs from above with a Glass Bottom Boat tour? Whatever you choose, the beauty of Welcome Bay is undeniable.

Activities & Tours:

  • Activity Hire: snorkel gear, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, stinger suits and flotation devices
  • Guided Snorkel Tours for beginners
  • Guided Stand Up Paddle Board tours with WhatSUP Cairns
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours

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DIY Workshops 

Come and learn a new skill with our D.I.Y workshops on Fitzroy Island! Workshops are $15 per person and include your creation to take home.

  • DIY Macramé Workshop – This increasingly popular crafting technique uses knots to create various textiles. During this workshop you will learn about the different Macramé knots and the types of things you can make using them. $15 per person includes your own Macramé Key Chain to take home. Ages 12+.
  • DIY Scrub Workshop – Discover how to make your own body scrubs out of things you probably already have in your home! All ingredients used are organic or locally sourced, with an emphasis on sustainability. $15 per person includes your own jar of body scrub to take home. Ages 15+.
  • DIY Bug-Off Body Balm – Learn how to make your own natural Bug-Off Body Balm, very handy in the tropics to keep those bite insects off you. 15yrs+
  • DIY Body Bath Salts – Learn how to make your own relaxing bath salts in a zero waste/sustainable way using ingredients you already have at home. 12yrs+

Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an Adult for all DIY workshops.

Please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Brilliant Brushes

Unleash your inner Artist with a one hour painting session with a glass of wine in a relaxed, social atmosphere.

Join the group as you are taken step by step through the featured artwork of the evening.

The cost is $20 per person which includes a glass of wine. 18+ years.

Please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Trivia Night

Hosted Friday evenings, trivia is a complimentary activity that is fun for young and old.  Spend an hour competing with fellow guests over who knows the most- topics cross a variety of general knowledge from sports to geography- and the history of Fitzroy Island!  How much do you know? The winning team snares a prize!

Join us on Friday evenings at Foxy’s Bar. Subject to change, please check with reception.

Visit the Turtle Rehab Centre

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island (CTRC) is a volunteer operated, non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles.

Visit the centre and learn more about these beautiful creatures and what we do to help them recover.

Talks run Daily from 1.00pm, tours are 30 minutes in duration, with a maximum of 15 guests and are accompanied by a tour guide.

  • Cost: $12 per Adult | $7.50 per Child
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • When: Daily from 1pm
  • Bookings: We strongly recommend booking in advance, the 1pm talk can be booked here. Talks can also be booked on the island via the General Store (day visitors) or hotel reception (resort guests).
  • Where: Meet at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre 5 minutes before start time with your booking confirmation.

Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an Adult for Turtle Rehabilitation Talks.

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Walking Trails

Discover the rich history of Fitzroy Island with a self-guided hike to the Summit & Lighthouse.

In addition to enjoying the changes in the scenery (from the lush rainforest to open woodlands) and the stunning views overlooking Welcome Bay, hikers are able to use the self-guided booklet to enhance their awareness of their surroundings.

The booklet allows people to identify tell-tale signs of the World War II military occupation as well as locate various objects left behind by the Lightkeepers and their families.

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Beachcombing

A fun activity for kids and adults alike! Join our resident Marine Scientist for a guided Beachcombing activity – scavenger hunt style!

Beachcombing Includes: 

  • Participants meet at the tour desk and begin with a short powerpoint presentation/briefing
  • Group up and scour the intertidal zone looking for shells/items off the Beachcombing guide and will tick off and take photos of whatever they find
  • Come back together as a group to compare and discuss what they have found and to see which team has found the most items
  • This activity takes approximately 1 hour.

Please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Rowena – Marine Scientist and Tours Coordinator

Rowena is our Resident Marine Scientist, originally from the UK. She came to work for us after already living on Fitzroy Island for three months looking after the Turtles in CTRC’s rehabilitation centre during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Rowena’s background is in Marine Science and Conservation, having graduated from the University of Plymouth, in the UK, with a BSc (hons) in Environmental Sciences. She also taught Marine Sciences at university level before leaving the UK in search of more tropical climates. Since then she went on to live and work in Fiji for two years, holding various positions within the Marine Conservation sector, including Environment Officer for an Island Resort where she spearheaded a Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Project.

You will find Rowena giving talks about her passion for all things Marine Conservation, the Great Barrier Reef and of course Turtles, a subject she will happily talk about for hours if you let her. You will also find her conducting Snorkel Tours and Eye on the Reef underwater surveys, running our Kids Club and handling any marine animal strandings.

Azri – Marine Biologist 

Azri works at Fitzroy Island Resort as a part time marine biologist originally from Adelaide in South Australia. You will find Azri conducting Marine talks, hosting Turtle Rehabilitation Tours and managing the Reef Restoration project here on Fitzroy Island.

Azri is very passionate about ocean conservation and loves to share his vast knowledge on marine animals and raising awareness about the threats the Great Barrier Reef and Sea Turtles are under and what we can do to help.

Azri assists with Reef management on the island which includes handling marine animals strandings and surveying underwater reefs through the Eye on the Reef program. He also runs his own volunteer program to aid with nesting sea turtles in a rookery located in Indonesia.