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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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Fitzroy Island Resort


 
 
 
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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:   July 9, 2018 12:04PM
 
Review:   Beautiful location, with coral (a bit drab due to sediment but nice all the same), fish, turtles. Could spend days lounging on the beach, popping in to the water for a snorkel from time to time. The campground can get quite busy during school holidays, but otherwise fine. Restaurant and bar are good; there is a $5-$10 resort premium but given the location seems quite reasonable. General store is sparse, so if camping bring supplies or eat at the restaurant or bar. The walk to the summit and lighthouse is great.
 
Author:   Victor Rajewski
 
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Review date:   August 6, 2018 5:06AM
 
Review:   Beautiful place you could spend a week here. Great snorkeling near the rocks. Plenty of sea life and clear water. Bring reef shoes as the beach is coral 😉
 
Author:   Aaron Black
 
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Review date:   June 17, 2018 10:07AM
 
Review:   We went to Fiztroy Island for a day out with the kids (7&4). Fantastic boat ride over and back. The staff at the dive shop were fantastic with the kids sorting out the snorkeling gear and great info on where to snorkel with kids. All round I'd say it was a great day. The kids saw turtles, plenty of fish and great coral life. Very easy snorkeling.
 
Author:   Lisa Emery
 
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Review date:   July 23, 2018 3:57AM
 
Review:   For a day trip or an overnight stay this little gem will send you home feeling refreshed and revived. Great food friendly and outgoing staff. Plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout your stay. Highly recommended !
 
Author:   Glen Simon Pearson
 
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Review date:   July 14, 2018 11:50AM
 
Review:   A beautiful island in the middle of the reef. lots of coral and lots of fish and turtles just off the beach. The food and booze is reasonabley priced and the staff are friendly. Give it a go. The only drawback is that its a long walk to the ferry and if you have any difficulty walking i would suggest arranging some help to get to the ferry.
 
Author:   doug cliff
 
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