Sunlover | Fitzroy Island Day Trip

Duration | 7 Hours
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Sunlover Fitzroy Island Day Trip departs Daily from Cairns Marina. Enjoy over 6 hours on Fitzroy Island, just a 45 minute cruise from Cairns on the modern Sunlover catamaran. 

Fitzroy Island is surrounded by a beautiful fringing Reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Sunlover Fitzroy Island Day Trip Includes:

  • Modern air-conditioned catamaran transfers
  • Free morning tea and coffee on boarding
  • Self-guided rainforest walks
  • Access to day visitor facilities​

Spend the day snorkelling the fringing coral reefs, strolling through the National Park rainforest walking tracks, or for the more adventurous hiker, discover breathtaking views of the island and surrounding reefs.

There are hiking trails and guided walks as well as numerous water sports options available.

Your Day on Fitzroy Island

Sunlover departs daily from Cairns Marina. 

  • 8:30am - Check in starts 
  • 9:15am - Check in closes
  • 9:30am - Depart Cairns Marina 
  • 10:15am - Arrive Fitzroy Island 
  • 4:20pm - Depart Fitzroy Island 
  • 5:20pm - Arrive back at Cairns Marina

Snorkeling & Activities
We do not include snorkeling gear but you can hire a mask and snorkel for $10 for adults and $5 for children at the Beach Hut on the day.

Fitzroy Island Beach Hut Activity & Hire Pricing

  • Mask & Snorkel | $10 Adult | Child $5
  • Fins | $10 Adult | Child $5
  • 30 Minute Glass Bottom Boat Tour  | $20 Adult | Child $10
  • Stinger Suit| $10 Adult | Child $10
  • Ocean Tramp Access| $3 Adult | Child $3
  • Paddle Board | $20 Adult | Child $20
  • Paddle Ski Kayak | $20 Adult | Child $20

Walking Trails at Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island National Park offers some amazing walking opportunities for visitors. Walking is one of the best ways to explore and experience the different rainforest flora and fauna on the Island.
There are five main walking trails in Fitzroy Island National Park that range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, each at varying fitness levels.

Secret Garden Track - 1km return (45 minutes)
The track takes you for a pleasant walk from the western edge of the jetty through tropical rainforest around huge granite boulders. Interpretive signs and a viewing platform overlooking the creek valley provide informative facts on the surrounding rainforest plants and animals.

Nudey Beach track – 1.2 km return (45 minutes)
A relatively easy walk from the western edge of the jetty through tropical rainforest and coast woodlands leading to the beautiful white coral beach. Nudey Beach is the most popular place for swimming and snorkelling on the Island.

Boulder Lookout - 300m return (30 minutes)
Heading east from the back of the jetty, you will find the boulder lookout trail. This short steep climb through the rainforest with its many steps is also the first section of the summit track. The Boulder lookout offers panoramic views towards Cape Grafton and Cairns. The walk returns along the same track back to the jetty.

Lighthouse Road - 3.6km return (2 hours) 
The lighthouse road trail is a very steep concrete road that leads from the north-eastern end of Welcome Bay climbing through rainforest towards the lighthouse. You will come across a lookout during your ascent with offers views of the Northern side of the island on a clear day.

The base of the lighthouse (open when a ranger is on duty), contains an informative display of the maritime history of Fitzroy Island and how the lighthouse was used during the World War II. From the lighthouse you will discover spectacular 360 degree views of Fitzroy Island and the surrounding ocean, which make the difficult walk worth the effort.

Summit Track - 2.6km return to resort (3 hours)
The Summit Track is recommended only for fit walkers as it is very steep. From behind the jetty, the track starts up the boulder lookout trail, and then continues to ascend steeply through open woodland to the summit of the island (269m). Views of the Island, the Coral Sea and the mountain ranges are the perfect spot to relax and take in the scenery. The trail then winds down amongst the boulders to join the lighthouse road.

The Sunlover Fitzroy Island day trip departs daily from Cairns Marina. Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal Sunlover desk.
8:30am - Check in starts 
9:15am - Check in closes



Vanessa King

We had a lovely day, no complaints.


Linda B

Jodi was a pleasure to deal with, provided advice on weather conditions on Fitzroy Island which helped us decide on which day to the island.

Highly recommend.


Brigitte Hoffmann

My teenagers and I took the boat as far as Fitzroy Island and then back again. It was on time both ways and the staff were fun and took great care to count all the passengers. We were requested to remain in the same seats both directions for covid safe purposes.


Kaz willy

We saved the best location till last , the trip was the best of our 14 day holiday , we plan to come back and stay at Fitzroy Island. Only wished we had of made this trip on day one.


Emily Minniti

Loved it


Roger Noakes

Had a great time... aware staff and good supervision...

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The Sunlover Fitzroy Island day trip departs daily at 9.30am from Cairns Marina. Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal Sunlover desk.
8:30am - Check in starts | 9:15am - Check in closes | Returns to Cairns at 5.20pm