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.

Weekly Activity Schedule 2023

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School Holiday Activities

During the School Holidays we offer extended kids club and family friendly activities including:

  • Face painting
  • Garden games
  • Live music
  • Themed parties
  • Karaoke
  • Bingo, trivia, pool comps & more!

Upon arrival please find the School Holiday activity timetable on the blackboard in reception.

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 Trip & Resort guests. Held every Sunday. 

Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

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Kids Activities 

Keep the kids busy and enjoy some time out for yourself with our fun and interactive child-friendly activities! These classes have been 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.

  • Fish Feeding – Free for Resort guests
    On the jetty daily at 11:30am.
  • Kids Arts & Craft – Free for Resort guests
    Structured art & craft sessions with mess and fun for kids aged 5-11 years. 50 minute duration.
  • Junior Activities – $30 per child
    This fun 2-hour program includes beach activities, arts & craft, fish feeding! For ages 5-11 years.
  • Junior Marine Biologist Program – $45 per child
    Spend the morning with the resident marine biologist to learn more about our oceans through a series of fun activities. 3 hour duration. Find out more here.
  • Movie screenings – Free for Resort guests
    Held at Foxy’s.

Activities are subject to seasonal change.
Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

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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.

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

Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

Educational Talks 

We offer a range of different educational talks by our resident Marine Biologists. Some topics include:

  • 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.

Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

Water Activities, Scuba Diving & 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
  • PADI Accredited Scuba Diving 
  • 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 include your creation to take home. Suitable for ages 7+.

  • Tie Dye – $15 per person
    Fun for both kids and adults! Learn how to make colourful tie-dye tote bags and take your creation home with you. 30 minute duration.
  • DIY Spa – $15 per person
    Learn how to make your own spa products in a zero waste/sustainable way using ingredients you already have at home. All ingredients used are organic or locally sourced, with an emphasis on sustainability. Spa product might be a body scrub or face mask etc which you get to take home. 30 minute duration.
  • Jewellery Making – $20 per person
    Make your own earrings and bracelets using beautiful beads and wire/string, a lovely keep-sake from your Fitzroy Island holiday or gift for loved ones. 1 hour duration.

Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an Adult for all DIY workshops.
Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

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Adults ‘Sip & Create’ Classes

All classes are for adults 18+.

  • Sip & Paint | $30 per person
    Unleash your inner Artist with our ‘Sip & Paint’ session in a relaxed, social atmosphere with a glass of wine included. Join the group as you are taken step by step through the featured artwork of the evening. 1 1/4 hours duration.
  • Sip & Clay | $30 per person
    Get creative in this hands-on clay class where you will use clay to create something special like a bowl, sea creature or whatever you desire! Includes a glass of wine. 1 hour duration.

Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

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Fun at Foxy’s or the Pool Bar

Join us at Foxy’s Beachfront Bar for our hosted Trivia nights, live music and pool comps!

  • Trivia Night – Free for Resort guests
    Held at Foxy’s or the Pool Bar, 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!
  • Pool Competition – Free for Resort guests
    Join our pool competition at Foxy’s Bar and partake in games like Eight Ball, Nine Ball, Cutthroat Elimination and Kelly Pool. The competition is free to join and the winner receives a $20 gift voucher. 8 players max. Please see Foxy’s staff to secure a spot.
  • Live Music – Free for all guests
    Join us at Foxy’s or the Pool Bar for some live music, delicious food and picturesque views over the Coral Sea. Regular Artists include Miss Tee, DNA Acoustic, Snowy Phelps, Jeremiah Johnson and more!

Activities subject to change.
Current timetable can be found above or please see reception on arrival.

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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 Saturday-Thursday 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: Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00pm (Fridays are turtle rest days!)
  • Bookings: We strongly recommend booking in advance for the talk. Talks can be booked on the island via the hotel reception (resort guests only).
  • 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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Laura – Marine Scientist

Laura has a lifelong passion for the marine environment beginning from early childhood with regular trips and diving excursions to the Gulf of California.

After earning a degree in horticulture and working with farming and native plants in Hawaii, she began volunteering with coral conservation programs and decided to return to university to study marine science and conservation. She earned a BSc in Marine Science from the University of Queensland which provided opportunities for hands-on marine research on Heron, Fraser and North Stradbroke islands.

Since graduating in 2021 she has been working on Fitzroy Island as a Marine Scientist developing and running educational marine science programs for all ages.

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.