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“Island adventure”

Fitzroy Island National Park
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US$62.63*
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns
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US$119.64*
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Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking
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US$240.07*
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

First step is to book the ferry across, which takes about 45 minutes. You can phone or book on-line. We went for a day trip but you can also stay at the resort which gives you access to additional facilities such as a pool, useful in stinger season! At the ferry jetty there is a map which shows all the walks you can do. The first walk we did was along the Secret Garden track, which ended at a small timbered structure. Other visitors recommended walking around it and following the path further up the hill. After a short walk you come to a weathered seat. This area is far more beautiful and is surrounded by birds nest ferns. The walks takes about 30 minutes, longer for photos and soaking up the serenity. Nudey Beach track is a lovely winding walk through rainforest and listed at 45 minutes. Walk along the beach, have a swim, snorkel or just soak up the beautiful view. Contrary to its name, you cannot bathe here without a swimsuit! We enjoyed a very delicious burger and yummy chips at Foxy's. The food and drinks are expensive but you are on an island in the Great Barrier Reef, so just accept it!! Then we did the Summit track starting at the campground. We are not fit walkers and found it a very tough climb. For all the agony of trembling muscles, the views at each turn just got better and better. There is a small timber structure with a seat at the top. Allow 1.5 hours to reach the summit on this route. You can see for miles all around. We then headed for the inactive lighthouse. The walk down was steep but not as long as the walk up. It may be a little easier to make the ascent from that side. We walked to the lighthouse and enjoyed the view. An old concrete road leads from the foot of the hill to the lighthouse and back to the campground. While the path back is hilly, it is much easier going than the south track. We came across a green tree snake (it was actually black, identified by its yellow belly) and several species of lizards and birds.
We enjoyed a dip in the deliciously warm ocean - be aware of stinger season and follow the recommendations provided regarding wearing a stinger suit. You can hire a suit

I would recommend you bring water if you are doing lots of walking, camera, shoes, thongs for walking on the coral beach (it is painful underfoot if you have sensitive feet).

Other activities include visiting the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (bookings required, fee), glass bottom boat tours (fee), snorkelling (fee) and kayak hire (fee). Free fish feeding occurs on the jetty twice each day. There is a general store where you can buy drinks, food and souvenirs and you can hire lockers.

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Reviewed 14 April 2015

We did the day ferry to this island and we were not disappointed. We went with Raging Adventures. We got our snorkeling equipment at the resort which is right at the dock. They were very helpful and snorkeled there and at Nudey Beach which is very nice and not a long walk. There were lots of fish and coral just not as much as the Great Barrier Reef but a lot less expensive.

Thank almenj
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Reviewed 12 April 2015

I visited here through work, so the boat trip was paid for (I beleive around $70 return?). This island is only 35 mins from Cairns and offers water activities, relaxing on the beach and walking. Be warned - do not tackle the lighthouse/summit walk if you wannt a gentle 1/2 hour stroll!! Whilst views are great, the walk is harder than you think, especially if tacked at midday. Need water. However, a sneaky dip in the resort pool helps to cool off. Canoes, stinger suits, snorkels etc all available for hire.

Thank FinoniTas
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

A ferry across to Fitzroy Island (one of the packages are the best options) will cost about half as much as one of the other trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Whilst Fitzroy is not on the outer reef (hailed as the best place to go), there is still an abundance of coral and reef tropical fish and wildlife to be seen on the island.

If you're not too fussed about the idea of going out and scuba diving or would prefer a more budget-friendly way to get the white beaches, clear waters etc., then this is a great alternative to the much more expensive options of going out on a boat all day with hundreds of other people!

There was lots to do on a beautiful day, but I would imagine that it could be a bit boring if the weather took a turn. The snorkelling was brilliant, the ocean trampoline and stand-up paddle boards were both fun and the water was generally nice for a swim and play.

The beach is a pebble beach, not sand, so be prepared for that if you're planning a day of lounging on the beach as it hurts to walk on for 5 steps, let alone to lay on all day!

All in all, the Fitzroy Island trip was great on a sunny day, but there wouldn't too be much to do (or much shelter to be found) if the rain comes.

Thank jewr
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Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

Snorkelling off the left side of the pier (facing the island) is possible at White Rock. The water between the pier and White Rock is very shallow but full of coral. It was difficult but possible for an beginner swimmer and first time snorkeller to weave between the coral. It is possible to see a variety of fish (small and medium sized). We weren't lucky enough to see the turtles. Good introduction to coral, fish and snorkelling but the outer reef experience is better (more fish species, bigger fish, deeper water).

Thank Tonesaus
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