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Fitzroy Island Ferry Transfers and Activity Passes

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Explore Fitzroy Island National Park

Why we Love a day at  Fitzroy Island

Located just a short 45 minute Fitzroy Island ferry ride from Cairns, the island encapsulates precisely what North Queensland is renowned for in one destination – Reef, Rainforest and Amazing Beaches.

The Island is very picturesque with numerous water activities and daily educational tours including Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

The gentle hilly terrain makes for great walking and exploring of the whole island, including the two main beaches and the historic lighthouse at the eastern end summit.

Lets also not forget Nudey Beach, voted top 5 best beaches in Australia.

Your day will include the following highlights;

  • Scenic 45 minute cruise
  • Nudey Beach – voted number 2 best beach in Australia 2017
  • Snorkel fringing coral reef
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • National Park walks and scenic lookouts
  • Try a Scuba Dive
  • Take a tour at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Hike to the lighthouse or even the summit

  • Departs Cairns Marina @ 9:00am
  • Returns approx. 5:00pm
  • Accommodation Pick-ups available at additional cost
  • Return 45 minute Fast Fitzroy Island ferry transfer
  • Departs Cairns 3 times daily
  • Departs Fitzroy Island 3 times daily
  • Snorkelling Equipment (Activity Pass 1)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (Activity Pass 2)
  • Beach Hire Equipment – Kayaks & SUP (All Activity Passes)
  • Ocean Trampoline
  • Self -guided national park walks

Activity Pass Options:
  • Ferry Transfers Only
    Return ferry to Fitzroy Island from Cairns Marina. No activities included.
  • Activity Pass 1
      • Snorkelling equipment hire
      • Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Hire
  • Activity Pass 2
      • Glass bottom boat tour
      • Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Hire
  • Activity Pass 3
      • Snorkelling equipment hire
      • Glass bottom boat tour
      • Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Hire
(This is an example itinerary of a typical day)

We recommend our 9:00am Fitzroy Island ferry departure to enjoy a full day exploring.

Our Fitzroy Island Ferry departs the Cairns marina for a scenic 45 minute cruise passing the Yarrabah Range, coastal rainforests and onto Fitzroy Island.

On board our crew have maps and information which you can also acquire at the dive and adventure centre located at the beach in front of the resort.The day is free for you to explore the whole island.

Foxy’s Bar offers the chance of lunch with a large menu of hot and cold food and refreshing drinks while soaking up the sun.

Take the last Fitzroy Island ferry back to Cairns as they day draws to a spectacular Far North Queensland close.

Important Information:
  • Packed Lunch Options: Choice of hot, cold, vegetarian, halal, celiac, gluten and pork free options.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances

Additional Options:
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Food & Drinks at the Beach Bar
  • Range of quality merchandise
  • Intro & certified diving
  • Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Tours

Scuba Divers Medical Info:

You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel.

Some medical conditions may prevent you diving. You will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving. If you would answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate stating that you’re ‘fit to dive’ prior to your dive trip.

  • Since completing your last dive medical assessment have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely?
  • Are you currently suffering any illness or injury?
  • Are you currently taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill?
  • Is there any other condition, fact or circumstance that may affect your fitness or ability to dive safely?

Flying after diving? We recommend that you do not fly until at least midday the day after your dive trip returns. This will give you 24 hours of surface interval after diving.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee

Eco-Certification Awards

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.Ecotourism Australia: Setting Ethical Standards for the Travel Industry

  • Eco Certified Ecotourism

Tourism in a natural area that focuses on optimal resources use, leaves minimal impact on the environment and offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with operators that use resources wisely, contribute to conserving the environment and help local communities.

Fitzroy Island is a National Park

Fitzroy Island was gazetted as national park in July 1989. It is not all national park—leases are held by the resort and the Cairns Regional Council. The Cairns Port Authority manages the public jetty and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority maintains the lighthouse on Little Fitzroy Island.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services manages Fitzroy Island National Park for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation. The island is managed in accordance with the Fitzroy Island National Park and Marine management area management plan (PDF, 1.6M).

Looking after the park

Remember, Fitzroy Island is a national park—everything is protected.

  • Take your rubbish with you when you leave—plastic can harm wildlife if they eat it or become entangled in it.
  • Dispose of cigarette butts thoughtfully—they can kill wildlife if swallowed.
  • Stay on walking tracks; taking short cuts leads to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
  • Do not feed the wildlife, including fish—it can affect their health and alter the natural population balance.
  • Do not venture onto the reef flat at low tide—marine life can be damaged by trampling.
  • Avoid touching, kicking or standing on living coral when snorkeling or wading ashore.
  • All marine life is protected—do not collect corals, clams or shells.
Be pest-free!

Our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage islands are among the most pest-free islands in the world. They need your help to stay this way. Please Be pest-free! (PDF, 574K) before your visit.

Before you visit, please check that your boat, clothing, footwear and gear are free of soil, seeds, parts of plants, eggs, ants and insects (and their eggs), spiders, lizards, toads, rats and mice.

Be sure to:

  • Unpack and clean out your backpack and hand, beach or camera bags and check them carefully before your visit, as pests love to hide in stored gear.
  • Clean soil from footwear and gear as invisible killers such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are carried in soil.
  • Check for seeds in pockets, cuffs and hook and loop fastening strips, such as Velcro.
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