About Fitzroy Island Adventures

Half Day or Full Day Adventures

Fitzroy Island Half Day or Full Day Reef Cruise On The Great Barrier Reef

Fitzroy Island is only a 45 minute fast catamaran cruise from Cairns along the scenic coastline.

On arrival you can hire hire snorkel gear with masks and fins, paddle skis and stand up paddle boards from our beach hut.

Fitzroy Island has so much to do and explore for free.

Once part of mainland Australia, over time fringing coral reefs have formed around the island, with an amazing range of marine life, hard and soft corals.

With walks through the rainforest, swimming in the calm waters of Welcome Bay, seeing fish swarming underneath the jetty or building sandcastles at Nudey Beach.

Pricing and Optional Extras

Fitzroy Island Pricing and Optional Extras


  • Adult (15+ years) | $85
  • Child (4-14 years) | $56
  • Familt (2 Adults + 2 Children) | $231
  • Infants travel free but must be prebooked

Beach Hut Activity & Hire 

  • 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
  • Paddle Board | $20 Adult | Child $20
  • Paddle Ski Kayak | $20 Adult | Child $20

Fitzroy Island Adventures Times

Fitzroy Island Adventures Times

Choose a 9am or 11am departure from Cairns. The ferry takes 45 minutes to get to Fitzroy Island and returns to Cairns at 5pm. Please be ready for boarding for your return ferry from Fitzroy Island at 3.45pm

Checkin Procedure
Check-in Reef Fleet Terminal, Raging Thunder counter
Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure

Departure from Fitzroy Island
Be ready on the Fitzroy Island Jetty at 3.45pm for a 4pm departure
Arrive back in Cairns just before 5pm

Things to do on fitzroy

Pack some refreshments and take your time to really enjoy the island on the walking tracks. There is a track up to the lighthouse which is relatively easy. The view from the summit at 260m is breathtaking.

Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise where guests can choose to either relax and escape or dive right into adventure. Explore rainforest walking trails, escape and unwind on a deserted beach or take the opportunity to snorkel, dive, sea kayak and discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Fitzroy Island is accessible, affordable and friendly. The island’s safe, sheltered waters and pristine natural environment are here for everyone to explore and enjoy whether you're here for a day, or a longer stay.

Snorkelling and swimming are accessible at Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach.  Snorkelling offers the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful colours of the fringing reef and the marine life which include Nemo the clown fish and green sea turtles.

Check the tides before you go as snorkeling at low tide is ideal for getting a closer look at the coral reef.

Hikes & Trails on 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 four 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.

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.

Fitzroy Island Adventures Reviews


Kathy Lort-Phillips

An amazing day thank you for arranging this Raging Thunder your staff rocked they are hard working, informative about all the days adventures but also know how to make one feel relaxed and kept us entertained. Fitzroy Island is beautiful and I would highly recommend it to everyone for an amazing experience


Vicky Lachine

Excellent day at Fitzroy Island. Wish we had known about it sooner as we would have stayed a few days. Staff was great and very friendly. Amazing snorkelling. We saw two sea turtles feeding and got some great video. The tour of the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is an absolute. Volunteers do an amazing job with these beautiful creatures. Gave us yet another better understanding of what sea turtles face to survive. Beaches are beautiful. Box lunch was great suggestion. Foxy's bar was good for food and cold drinks.! Nudie beach is a must but it is quite a trek to get to via well marked trail that is hilly and rocky. But well worth the 20 minutes of effort to get there! We spent so much time snorkelling to view the turtles and fish that we missed our glass bottom boat ride and didn't get use of the kayaks or trampoline but had a great day and would highly recommend this tour.


Fitzroy Island Adventures

Departs Cairns at 9am & 11am. Check-in 8:15am & 10:15am inside the Reef Fleet Terminal at the Raging Thunder counter. Departs Fitzroy Island at 4pm

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