Fitzroy Island Flyer | Multiple Time Options

Duration | 4 - 9 Hours
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The Fitzroy Island Ferry departs Cairns 3 - 5 times per day. The journey is a relaxing 45 minute cruise in the 190 seat air-conditioned catamaran from Cairns to the sheltered waters of Welcome Bay on Fitzroy Island.

Fitzroy Flyer Time Table

  • Departs Cairns Marina at 8am, 11am, 1:30pm
  • Departs Fitzroy at 9:30am, 12:15pm, 5pm.

Weekends and School Holidays
Additional times have been added for weekends & school holidays. 

  • Departs Cairns Marina at 10am, 4.30pm
  • Departs Fitzroy at 2:30pm, 7pm.

Fitzroy Flyer Return Fares:

  • Adult $86 (14+ years)
  • Child $43 (4-13 years)
  • Family $230 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
  • Infant Free (0-3 years)

Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up to the ferry without a booking.

Fitzroy Island Check-in Location
Check-in opens 1 hour prior to departure at the Fitzroy Island Resort Booking Centre Shop 2/1 Spence Street

After you check-in the reservation team will direct you to the vessel on the Marlin Marina. 

Boarding closes 15 mins prior to departure.

Marlin Marina Distances

  • 15 Minutes by car from the Cairns airport
  • Up to 25 minutes walk from Cairns esplanade hotels
  • Up to 15 minutes walk from Cairns city hotels
  • 30 Minutes' drive from Palm Cove
  • 60 Minutes' drive from Port Douglas

The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Car Park offers all day parking for a cost of $10/day.
The ticket machines take payment via Credit Card or Cash. This car park is just 2 minutes' walk from the Cairns Marlin Marina.

Things to do on Fitzroy Island
Enjoy the abundance of activities available on the Island from the Dive and Adventures Centre including kayaking, snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours and paddle boarding (charges apply).

If you are looking for something more relaxed, simply soak up some sun on the beach and go for a swim in the surf. If you are the adventuring type go for one of the free self-guided walks through the secret garden in the Rainforest or challenge yourself with a walk to the Summit Lighthouse. 

The Island also offers fish feeding at 11:30am and 4:00pm daily from the Jetty.

Transfers for Resort Guests
Fitzroy Island Transfers for Resort Guests
Check availability and book return transfers for your stay on Fitzroy Island. Our form shows last seat availability and the total number of seats left on all of the departure times and dates.

Fitzroy Island Resort Check In & Check Out times
Check-in: 02:00pm. Pool towels and changing facilities are made available for early ferry arrivals.
Check-out: 10:00am. Bag storage and change facilities are available for guests departing on the last ferry.

Fitzroy Island Sports Hub
Explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy an abundance of water activities available on the island from the newly opened 'Fitzroy Island Sports Hub'. FISH is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm daily and can be accessed via the steps to the left of the swimming pool. Hire services can be booked upon arrival and a credit card imprint, refundable deposit or other form of security deposit is required for all rentals.

Equipment Available for hire

  • $10 Mask & snorkel | per day
  • $10 Fins | per day
  • $10 Floatation | vests per day
  • $20 Kayaks | per 30 mins
  • $20 Stand Up Paddle Boards | per 30 mins.
  • $10 Stinger Suits | per day

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Talks
Learn about the centre and meet a sea turtle.
Held daily at 1pm, 1:45pm & 2:30pm.
Duration is 30 minutes.

  • $12 | Adult
  • $7.50 | Child (4-14 years)

Sunday Junior Marine Biologist Program 
Includes hands-on activities, a packed lunch and certificate.
Held every Sunday from 9am to 12pm.

  • $45 | per Child (5+)

Guided Snorkel Tours
Held on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday's at 10am.
Duration is 1 hour.
Includes mask, snorkel & fin hire.

  • $35 | per person (14+)

Stand Up Paddle Board Tours
Held Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays at 10:30am, 12:00pm & 1:30pm.
Duration is 1.5 hours.

  • $60 | Adult
  • $40 | Child (8-14years)

Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Held daily at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm.
Duration is 1 hour.

  • $20 | Adult
  • $10 | Child

Snorkel Safari
Held daily at 1:30pm.
90 Min Snorkel Tour at one of Fitzroy Islands beautiful bays with magnificent fringing reef.

  • $50 | Adult
  • $25| Child



Dolly Rubiano

I chose Fitzroy Island Flyer over other operators because their transfer schedules between Cairns and Fitzroy Island suit me best. Online booking is straightforward.


Richard Moser

Went above and beond


Robyn Reynolds

The staff and voyage to Fitzroy Island were excellent, making our day on Fitzroy very enjoyable. The staff made sure everyone was safe and as comfortable as possible on the rough seas experienced at the time. The Island is relaxing and great to explore, especially the snorkeling.


Michael Paine

The trip was great and we got to snorkel with turtles which was amazing. Only issue was the dive shop on the island. We needed stinger suits and it took almost an hour to queue to get them. And we were only on the island from 11 to 2:30 so more than a quarter of our time was spent in a queue. Otherwise a great experience and recommended just make sure to get there earlier and book a later departure!!


Heather MacCulloch

Loved the trip, staff were helpful & professional. My only constructive \"critism\" is that the boat was way over crowded. I am sure within the legal limits but unpleasantly crowded for passengers. We were right next to others in the baking sun with no capacity to move into the shade.


Catherine Roach

I really appreciate the assistance with cancelling our original booking in June and then rebooking in September. It was a very simple process with no loss of money.

More Reviews

Check-in opens 1 hour prior to departure at the Fitzroy Island Resort Booking Centre Shop at the Reef Fleet Terminal.
The Reef Fleet Terminal is a short 5 minute walk from the Cruise Liner Terminal.
After you check-in the reservation team will direct you to the vessel on the Marlin Marina.
Boarding closes 15 mins prior to departure.