Fitzroy Island

Rugged island surrounded by fringing reef near Cairns

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A rugged, thickly wooded, continental island, 29 km southeast of Cairns, most of the 339ha of Fitzroy Island is National Park, with the exception of Fitzroy Island Resort at Welcome Bay. Large granite boulders border coral sand beaches, with star performer Nudey Beach rivalling WhitehavenBeach as the most photographed beach on the Queensland coast, Fitzroy has much to offer. It’s close proximity to Cairns makes it particularly popular for visitors short on time.

An inshore fringing reef makes for an easy snorkel site with good coral (beware, much of the coral has been damaged by boats anchoring) and marine life close to the jetty. Walking tracks cross the island, with the best one the three-hour Lighthouse Circuit allowing stunning views to the outer reef on a clear day.

Camping is permitted in the campsite managed by Cairns City Council, though it’s not always open for use – check with Fitzroy Island Resort to check if it’s open. Basic supplies can be purchased from the resort store.

Fitzroy Island Resort operates both day tripper facilities as well as overnight accommodation in resort-style rooms and bungalows as well as self contained apartments. Based at Welcome Beach near the jetty, the resort is the central hub for all the activities on offer at Fitzroy Island. For inhouse guests there’s a swimming pool with pool bar. Day trippers are welcome to use most other facilities and activities. Dine at Zephyr’s Restaurant in the main resort area or further along the beach at Foxy’s Bar. Foxy’s does bistro style meals and is a splendid spot for a late afternoon beer as the sun sets behind mainland mountains. 

Fitzroy Island is in a Conservation Park Zone which means limited line fishing is permitted. Check with GBRMPA for full details.


  • snorkel
  • dive
  • swim
  • beach
  • bushwalk
  • boating

Getting there:
Sea – Fast Cat boat from Cairns

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