Activities on Fitzroy Island

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 reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Activity Timetable – 26th Oct to 1st Nov 2020

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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.  All kids activities are complimentary to resort guests!

Activities include: 

  • Fish Feeding on the Jetty daily
  • Kids Craft Session
  • Educational ‘Touch & Feel’ talk on Marine Life
  • Movie screenings
  • School Holidays the resort offers a range of daily activities for children

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:

  • 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.

Guided SUP Tour with What’SUP Cairns

Cruise the idyllic island waters of Welcome Bay by stand up paddle board (SUP) and see the true beauty of Fitzroy Island! Your experienced instructor Allie provides a 20 minute lesson in the shallow waters, before paddling out to see coral, marine life and a stunning view of the island.

Tours are intimate with just 4 people, or up to 9 people when pre-booking.

The Details:

  • When: Saturday & Sunday (everyday during the School Holidays)
  • Costs: $60 Adult | $40 Children 8+ | Children under 8 yrs are free and ride parents board)
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Includes: All equipment, lesson on paddling, rescues and a full guide looking for turtles.
  • Group Numbers: Max 4 in a group for private tours. Groups of 9 possible if pre requested.
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential – click here.

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.

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.

Educational Talks 

Touch & Feel Marine Session

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater world with an interactive ‘touch & feel’ session with our resident Marine Biologist. Get up close and personal with a variety of marine specimens including a seahorse, starfish, stingray barb and dolphins tooth, all of which have been washed up on the beach here on Fitzroy Island.

Reef Restoration

Fitzroy Island Resort is home to multiple 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. learn about the impressive works of the Reef Restoration project and how Fitzroy Island Resort is helping its cause.

Please check with reception tour desk for the current timetable.

Turtle Tours

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

Take a tour of the centre and learn more about these beautiful creatures and what we do to help them recover. As a thank you your donation, you can opt to receive a Turtle Tour Certificate – great for both kids and adults!

Tours 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 per Child
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • When: Daily from 1pm
  • Bookings: We strongly recommend booking in advance, you can do so here. Tours can be booked on the island via the General Store (day visitors) or hotel reception (resort guests).
  • Where: Meet at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre with your booking confirmation.

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Summit & Lighthouse Historical Hike

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.

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.