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Fitzroy Island Resort

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Fitzroy Island Resort


 
 
 
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Fitzroy Island Resort - Fitzroy Island Resort. Copyright Gamble Group Pty Ltd.

Fitzroy Island is a large tropical island offering, in separate locations, distinctly different types of accommodation, ranging from affordable 4 star Resort facilities, to a Camping Ground, and to Day Visitor facilities (including Foxy's Bar and Café and a Retail Shop).

The facilities of the resort include a restaurant, a swimming pool and spa, a swim-up pool bar, conference rooms, function rooms, a cinema, kids' games room and kids' play room.



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Aqajets at the Fitzroy Island Resort


 
 
 
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Fantastic, futuristic under water tow jets. They have to be experienced to be believed. The AqaJets allow snorkelling even if you are not a strong swimmer. They're really great fun too!! Talk to our staff and ask about the AqaJet. Let's help you discover how beautiful it is under the ocean and the great fun too.


Overview



Fitzroy Island is a 45 minute ferry ride (about 30kms) from Cairns in Queensland, and is surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, making it the perfect accessible base for snorkelling, diving and exploring the reef.

Idyllic white sandy beaches lead into the safe, sheltered waters, which are also ideal for swimming and water sports as well as yachting and boating.

Fitzroy enjoys a typical North Queensland tropical climate but with the added advantage of the cooling effects of the prevailing SE ocean breezes for the majority of the year. Temperatures range from 24 - 31 C (75 - 88 F) in summer and 19 - 25 C (66 - 77 F) in winter.

97 percent of the four square kilometre continental island is National Park, covered in tropical rainforest and freely accessible to Resort Guests and the public via an established network of walking tracks. The gentle, hilly terrain inland makes for great walking throughout the whole island, including to the two main beaches, the highest vantage point on the island and the historic lighthouse at the Eastern end.

Fitzroy Island has long been close to the heart of the Cairns and surrounding local community. This is hardly surprising given the close proximity of this pristine paradise and the safe, sheltered waters. The island has always been freely accessible to the public, with a number of ferry services travelling back and forth daily and local boaties and yachties making good use of the secure public moorings in private vessels. The island is less than an hour from the Cairns domestic and international airports.

Fitzroy Island is a large tropical island, with a rainforest covering and its own fringe coral reef system. It offers, in separate locations, accommodation ranging from affordable four star Resort, to Divers, to Backpackers, to Day Trippers, and Camping. The Dive & Activities Centre, the Pacific Islands Store (shop) and Foxy's Bar & Café are open to all-comers, and the island offers a unique combination of readily accessible rainforest and coral reef. Oh and the beaches are to die for.

The island has a very colourful and interesting History, starting with its original separation from the mainland (about 8000 years ago), at the end of the last Ice Age, and from then on with its continuing Aboriginal cultural links, mainly for visiting hunting trips and recreation. There were also links with England's Captain Cook and (much later) use of the island for a considerable time as a significant Chinese Quarantine Station (for the Queensland goldfields). Subsequently it was used as a Mission School and then, during World War Two, as a Coast Watch Station. The island has also been important as a significant Lighthouse Base, with the last permanent lighthouse structures on the main island still being an important community attraction. Since its closure the marine community has been serviced with an automatic lighthouse based on the adjacent Little Fitzroy Island. There has been both a Giant Clam farm at Welcome Bay and now a Tourist Resort and Day Visitor Centre.

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Review date:   November 27, 2017 7:47AM
 
Review:   Great resort, dive shop, restaurant and boat staff. Amazing resort. The bar staff are happy and friendly and the restaurant food is to die for. We received nothing but great hospitality. We were able to upgrade to a ocean view room with little issue. The beaches are amazing and the reefs surrounding are worth snorkeling (note that low tide is very low and make sure you ask the dive shop the low tide times so you aren't swimming over the reef to late. The turtle recovery centre is worth a visit to see the different types of turtles around the area. We personally we lucky enough to see a green sea turtle breakfasting near the reef while we were snorkeling in the morning. We also heard that there was a couple of reef sharks and a manta ray visiting the reef but unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see them. You have the option of doing an intro dive in the glass bottom boat (wet) tour - we didn't at the time, but I definitely will do so in future. There are plenty of walking tracks on the island which we had intended to do, but as I had sprained my ankle a couple of weeks before, we didn't want to risk it, however there are plenty of things to do instead, like paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and visiting the outer reef on a reef tour. We spent most of the time relaxing on the beach, at the bar (which has great food too), on our balcony and snorkeling or swimming in the resort pool (note the resort pool is not heated, and in June is cooler than the sea temperature - but the swim up pool bar totally makes up for it). Can't wait to go there again and get to the top of the island and do the walking tracks.
 
Author:   Ra Marsden
 
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Review date:   September 22, 2017 4:50AM
 
Review:   Loved the island. Rain forest walks and beaches. No hassle. Good food. Chill vibe. More for singles or families. Not a party island.
 
Author:   Chucky luc
 
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Review date:   November 2, 2017 5:32AM
 
Review:   Easy to get too. Great island. Walk to the top and to the light house then relax and cool down with a swim at Nudey's Beach ;)
 
Author:   peter horsfield
 
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Review date:   October 2, 2017 9:55AM
 
Review:   This id a good place to spend s few days. Room range from luxurious to basic. Service generally ok but haphazard at times. Good beaches and water activities. Under an hour from Cairns by ferry.
 
Author:   Chris Eve
 
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Review date:   September 18, 2017 7:31AM
 
Review:   We went to Fitzroy Island with Raging Thunder. Spent the day visiting and snorkeling at the Coral Beaches, hiking to the summit and relaxing at Foxy's bar. Also enjoyed a lovely tour of the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Overall a wonderful time.
 
Author:   Jeremy William
 
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