Explore the Stunning Fitzroy Island

Updated: Mar 22

There are lots of things to do on Fitzroy Island. Fitzroy Island is an idyllic tropical island paradise that is just an easy 45-minute ferry ride away from Cairns in north Queensland.

Whatever you're into, you'll find everything you want right at your doorstep. Whether it be relaxing by the ocean with a cold, tropical drink or diving into adventure activities like hiking, snorkeling, fishing, sea kayak­ing, and more.

Fitzroy Island offers an unbeatable combination of leisure, adventure, and excitement within this amazing natural environment where the rainforest meets Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Here are just some examples of things you can do when on Fitzroy Island.

We were lucky enough to spend three nights and four days at Fitzroy Island Resort. It was a beautiful place with amazing views. There was plenty of room for everyone, and we all had our own space. I loved that we didn't need to worry about anything because we had everything we needed on the small island.

We even got to go out snorkeling every day! Read on to learn more about Fitzroy Island and how to enjoy it.

Snorkeling and Diving

Each morning we woke up and snorkeled in and around the resort. The snorkeling you can do right off the dock is incredible! We saw green sea turtles on nearly every trip and other tropical fish, sharks, and we were in awe of the beautiful coral. Fitzroy Island is on the Great Barrier Reef, and if you want good snorkeling, this is the place to do it!

If diving is your thing, this would also be a stellar place to do it, no doubt. The resort has everything you need to hire for water activities. You can snorkel alone or go on guided tours with locals who know the best spots!

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

The island has a beautiful Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. By offering a donation, you can go to a "turtle talk" and learn about the turtles they are rehabbing and about the threats turtles face in the wild. We enjoyed learning about the endangered species and now know what to look for if we see a distressed turtle. We also learned that sea turtles can live 100 years, and the temperature of the sand determines the sex of turtle eggs!

The island does several educational activities, including talks on reef restoration, marine megafauna, marine life at the Great Barrier Reef, and sustainability. Make time for some of these activities.

Island Activities

Growing up, my mom always loved summer camp. She often sent us to them and ran one herself! Fitzroy Island reminds me of summer camp. They have fun activities going on all day long! We went out on the paddleboards, the guided snorkels, glass-bottom boat tour, did a DIY body scrub class, and participated in trivia night.