The boat ride to Fitzroy Island offers the choice of an exhilarating open position on the top deck or inside the air conditioned cabin for guests visiting this World Heritage-listed gem on a half day tour. Explore the island walks, snorkel the reef or simply relax on the beach.
Adorned with lush rainforest, open woodland and coral beaches, Fitzroy Island is a part of the World Heritage-listed site of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is only a 45 minutes ferry ride away from the city of Cairns.
Join us for a half day tour to Fitzroy Island and explore the island walks, snorkel the reef or simply relax on the beach for a few hours of peace and serenity.
Boasting pristine, natural beauty, visitors can snorkel, stroll, stand-up paddleboard or go on a glass bottom boat tour or book a guided snorkel tour to see the outer coral reefs and marine life.
With a selection of activity passes encompassing snorkel gear, glass bottom boat tours, and SUP Boards, you can tailor the day prior to your visit. Alternatively, If you prefer hiking over snorkelling, there are a range of walking tracks through the national park, one of which leads up to the Fitzroy Island’s summit.
Take in the sweeping spectacle of the island and the mainland from here, then head back down to cool off at one of the beaches.
If you have time, squeeze in a visit to the island’s campus of the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Places on the tours are limited though, so book as soon as you arrive on the island.
For those who like a sleep-in, our half day Great Barrier Reef tour package provides a more efficient way of exploring Fitzroy Island. With a later departure time of 11.00am our mode of transport will have you disembarking at the shores of Fitzroy Island only 45 minutes after pushing off from the Reef Fleet Terminal.
Check in at 10:30am for an 11.00am departure and prepare yourself for a lovely day on this tropical island!
With so much to see and do on Fitzroy Island, make the most of your half day tour by pre-booking your preferred activities.
Choose to hire some snorkel equipment or join a glass bottom boat tour. Try your balance on the stand-up paddle boards.
You can also add a packed picnic lunch to each of the other activities or order lunch on its own without pre-booking any other activities. You have the flexibility to decide what you want to do as the day progresses. Lunch can be collected at the Beach Hut when you’re hungry.
Fitzroy Island is a national park, boasting incredible, unspoilt natural beauty. The diverse landscape, of granite outcrops, rainforest, open woodlands, mangroves and coral beaches, means there are a number of unique exploratory walks you can do around the island.
You might choose to climb the 269m to the summit (2.5 hours), with its breathtaking views of the island and mainland. Or the lighthouse trek (1.5 hours), Secret Garden or Nudey Beach tracks could be a more suitable option – these are graded moderate in their difficulty.
Alternatively, relax on the beach and swim in the clear, calm waters. If you haven’t pre-ordered a packed picnic lunch, there is the option of Foxy’s Bar on the island for a meal and a cocktail.
You can’t visit Fitzroy without visiting the Fitzroy Island campus of the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Run completely by volunteers it’s a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles and several these are seriously threatened.
The educational tours run at 1.00pm and 2.00pm every day. As a Half Day guest, the 1.00pm tour option is for you so book as soon as you arrive at the General Store on the island as spots are limited to 15 people per tour.
Check-in for your return fast boat to Cairns is at 1.45pm sharp so all equipment must be returned by 1.30pm. Departing at 2.00pm, the ferry boat should have you back in Cairns within 45 minutes for you to return to your hotle or get ready to explore some of the city sights.
Book a full day tour to Fitzroy Island here.
January - December
Departures may be affected by adverse weather conditions
Over 2 hours to explore Fitzroy Island
Height: From 120 Cm / 3ft11in
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 598