About Fitzroy Island Ferry

Getting to Fitzroy Island

Getting to Fitzroy Island

The Fitzroy Island Ferry departs Cairns 3 times per day and takes 45 Minutes to get to Fitzroy Island.

Fitzroy Fast Cat Time Table

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

The journey is a relaxing 45 minute ride in the 190 seat air-conditioned "Fast Cat" from Cairns to the sheltered waters of Welcome Bay on Fitzroy Island.

Fitzroy Flyer Return Fares:

  • Adult $82 (14+ years)
  • Child $41 (4-13 years)
  • Family $215 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
  • Infant Free (0-3 years)

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

Check-in on the Vessel

Fiyzroy Island Ferry departure location

Proceed directly down Marlin Wharf (A Finger Wharf) from the Reef Fleet Terminal and turn left at the end. The Flyer Departs half way down on your right, Berth 20.

Please be waiting for the ferry 30 minutes prior to departure and allow 7-10 minutes' walk along the jetty. 

Boarding closes 15 mins prior to departure.

If the Vessel is not there when you arrive you will probably be able to see it returning from Fitzroy island.

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

Fitzroy Island Beach

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 Ferry Reviews


Jodi Nelson

Fitzroy Island offers great off the beach snorkeling. Make sure you visit Nudey Beach. Walk through Foxeys grill and follow the path. There a few steep steps in areas but it is a beautiful walk and the snorkeling off the beach is fantastic. The coral gardens are just metres from the beach at low tide.


Bronwyn Elsley

My family and I had a great time on Fitzroy Island highly recommend


Fitzroy Island Ferry

Passengers for the Fitzroy Island Flyer check-in directly at the Fitzroy Island Shop located at the Reef Fleet Terminal. Please don't be late as the ferry departs on time. Allow for at least 30 minutes to check in and board prior to departure. Shop 2/1 Spence Street (Reef Fleet Terminal Building) Open 7am to 6pm.

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Passengers for the Fitzroy Island Fastcat do not need to check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal. Proceed directly down Marlin Wharf (A Finger Wharf) from the Reef Fleet Terminal and turn left at the end. The Fastcat Departs half way down on your right. I...

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