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Fitzroy Island, QLD

Fitzroy Island is a continental type island only five kilometres from the mainland and about 24 kilometres from Cairns. The 324 hectares of rainforest are almost completely surrounded by coral reef. Offshore from Fitzroy Island is great for snorkellers.

The Island is the third most northerly island in the Great Barrier reef. Butterflies, bushwalks through eucalypt and tropical rainforests, coral beaches and excellent snorkelling and diving on the reef can also be enjoyed. Walking tracks include a steep climb to a lighthouse with great views.

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Sheoak, Indian Beech, Native Nutmeg, Tamarinds and Turpentine as well as native orchids are just a few examples of the exotic flora you’ll find on bushwalks through the island.

The Island has a variety of accommodation from a camp ground through to hostel-style units accommodating a few people in bunks to up-market villa units.
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Fitzroy Island boasts a rainforest that covers most of its 339 hectares. There are walking trails that provide opportunities to explore the island’s interior and its coastal woodlands.

Often ranked as one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, Nudey Beach is known for its white coral and sand beach. Contrary to what its name might suggest, the beach is not a nudist beach.

Given its location within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, visitors can snorkel or dive straight from the beach. The surrounding waters are rich in marine life, including tropical fish, coral formations, and turtles.

Fitzroy Island Lighthouse is located on the highest point of the island and offers panoramic views of the Coral Sea.

Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is a facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured sea turtles. Visitors can learn about the threats facing turtles and the conservation efforts in place to protect them.

In addition to snorkeling and diving, there are opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, and other water activities.

The Splendor of the Great Barrier Reef

When you think of the Australian coastline, the mind often flits to the famed Sydney Harbour or the iconic Gold Coast. Yet, nestled off the coast of Cairns, far removed from the common tourist trails, lies an island that seems almost a figment of a poet’s imagination – Fitzroy Island. A gem in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy whispers tales of ancient rainforests, pristine beaches, and coral wonders.

On the approach, whether by ferry or perhaps by a more adventurous sea kayak, one can’t help but notice the verdant sheen of rainforests juxtaposed against the crystal-clear azure of the Coral Sea. The shores beckon with a lustrous shimmer, hinting at the treasures beneath the waves.

But let’s not be hasty and plunge right into the water. Fitzroy Island demands a slow unraveling. One might start with the symphonic rustle of its rainforests. The trails, like veins, traverse through this green expanse, each step revealing an ecosystem that has thrived and evolved over millennia. Here, the island’s true heartbeat can be heard — in the chirrup of birds, the scuttle of unseen critters, and the silent growth of the ancient ferns.

Of course, a discourse on Fitzroy would be incomplete without mentioning Nudey Beach. And no, the sly grin isn’t necessary. While the name might conjure certain images, the beach is quite the innocent beauty. Its white coral sands, bathed in the golden Australian sun, are a favorite backdrop for many a wanderlust-infused Instagram shot.

For the aquatically inclined, the island is a treasure trove. The proximity to the Great Barrier Reef ensures an underwater carnival of colors, teeming with vibrant marine life. Divers and snorkelers alike find themselves mesmerized, floating amidst parades of parrotfish, regal sea turtles, and effervescent corals. The water, clear as liquid glass, ensures every encounter is vivid and intimate.

Yet, amidst all this natural wonder, Fitzroy Island holds something more — a testament to human spirit and resilience. The Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, with its mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles, serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of marine ecosystems and our role in their preservation.

As the day winds down and the tropical sun dips below the horizon, casting long silhouettes of palms and painting the sky in hues of oranges and purples, one realizes that Fitzroy Island isn’t just a destination. It’s a sonnet to nature, a canvas painted with evolutionary strokes, and a call to cherish our planet’s wonders.

Nearest Airport: Cairns

Where to stay?


  • 18-35's
  • Active
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Romance
  • Eco Tourism
  • Environmental
  • Nature based
  • Soft Adventure
  • Island

Popular Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Cruising
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • National Park
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Nightlife
  • Rainforest
  • Wilderness
  • Fishing - Game
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Beach
  • Fishing - Deep Sea
  • Diving
  • Seakayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Reef
  • World Heritage

About Fitzroy Island

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Fitzroy Island Postcode: 4871
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
  • Latitude: -16.92561
  • Longitude: 146.00054
  • Elevation: 110m
  • Population: 44
  • Median Income: $51220
  • Area (Sq/km): 3.285
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

Accommodation In Fitzroy Island

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