Great Barrier Reef Tours - Fitzroy Island Half Day Tour

Tour Code: 598

Departing: Cairns

Half Day Reef Trip
  • The Secret Garden Walk is a simple track through the lush Fitzroy Island forest. Immerse yourself in nature and keep your ears and eyes peeled for local wildlife.
  • Be sure to upgrade to include snorkel gear for the day and head to Nudey Beach to snorkel straight off the beach.

Included In Price

  • Return fast boat transfers
  • Use of ocean trampoline

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 30 minutes away on the super-fast Thunderbolt.

Boasting pristine, natural beauty, visitors can snorkel, stroll, stand-up paddleboard or paddle ski their way around the island.

With a selection of activity passes encompassing snorkel gear, glass bottom boat tours kayaks 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. 

Enjoy a Late Start and a Quick Ride

For those who like a sleep-in, the Thunderbolt Half Day package provides a more efficient way of exploring Fitzroy Island. With a later departure time of 10.00am this speedy, adventurous mode of transport will have you disembarking at the shores of Fitzroy Island only 30 minutes after pushing off from the Reef Fleet Terminal. Check in at 9:30am and prepare yourself for the adrenaline rush of a fast boat ride!

Decisions, Decisions

With so much to do, make the most of your half day by pre-booking your activities.

The ‘Activity Pass One’ includes a choice of snorkel equipment OR a glass bottom boat tour. You’ll also have the use of the paddle skis – a long, narrow, lightweight kayak – and the stand-up paddle boards.

The ‘Activity Pass Two’ includes snorkel equipment, a glass bottom boat tour, plus use of the paddle skis and boards.

You can also add lunch to each of the Activity Passes, 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. 

Or Go with the Flow

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.

Take a Trip to the Turtles

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 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.

It’s Time to Call it a Day

Check-in for your return fast boat to Cairns is at 2.15pm sharp so all equipment must be returned by 2.00pm. Departing at 2.30pm, the superfast Thunderbolt will have you back in Cairns by 3.00pm ready to explore the city, relax at the pier or maybe join a dinner cruise for the evening.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Departs Cairns at 10:00 am
  • Departs Fitroy Island at 2:30 pm
Departure Instructions

Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal at 9:30 am


Fitzroy Island

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Departures may be affected by adverse weather conditions


4 hours at Fitzroy Island

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Lunch
  • Kayaks
Fitness Level Required


  • Not suited to pregnant women
  • Not suited to guests with back injuries
  • Baggage, weather, medical and seating restrictions apply
  • Activities on the island include tracks which are graded as difficult, requiring a high level of fitness

Height: From 120 Cm / 3ft11in

Additional Information
  • Guests can bring own snacks and bottled water
  • The beaches on Fitzroy Island are not patrolled by surf life savers
Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Hat
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash or credit card for additional purchases
  • Sandals or walking shoes
  • Sun safe clothing
  • Water bottle

  • Not suitable for children under 8 years/under 120cm
  • Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children

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.

  • Cancellation may be subject to fees as per terms and conditions
  • Bookings cancelled less than 24 HOURS before the tour departs will forfeit 100% of the total price paid

Great Barrier Reef Tours - Fitzroy Island Half Day Tour

Tour Code: 598

Departing: Cairns

Half Day Reef Trip



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$59.00
Family: au$242.00

Tour Code: 598



15 yrs & over

8 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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