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  •  Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef
  •  Great Barrier Reef Fitzroy Island: Fitzroy Flyer Return Ferry Transfers Departs from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Fitzroy Island: Fitzroy Flyer Return Ferry Transfers Departs from Cairns

Fitzroy Island Resort

  • Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef
  • English
  • Each cruise direction: 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Free Cancellation prior to 7 days of travel date
  • 48 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Return ferry transfer from Cairns to Fitzroy Island by Fitzroy Flyer

1 Key Facts


  • 1. Return ferry transfer from Cairns to Fitzroy Island by Fitzroy Flyer

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
  • 5. Any optional extra items (including but not limited to lunch package / rides / shows / encounters / experiences / photo packages) that are not included in the standard admission. All optional extra items are at own expense.
Destination Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef
Depature point ● Departs: daily, all year round
   Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December)
● Departure Point: Berth 20 on Marlin Wharf (Address: 1 Spence Street, Cairns)
● Departure Time: 08:00, 11:00
   11:00 services do not run Monday to Friday during February and March
   Departure times are reference only and subject to availability
● Arrives back at Cairns at approximately 17:00
Address Fitzroy Island, Cairns, QLD 4870
How to get there ● By Car
- Parking is available at the nearby Pier Shopping Complex/Shangri-la hotel, located opposite the Reef Fleet Terminal (Approximately 2 minutes walk).
- All day parking is also available near Trinity Wharf (Approximately 6 minutes walk).
- Parking fees apply.

● By Public Transport
- Please check the Transport QLD timetables ( for more details to plan your trip.
Operating hours
Cairns to Fitzroy Island 08:00, 11:00 Boarding Time: 07:30, 10:30
Fitzroy Island to Cairns 17:00 Boarding Time: 16:30
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
Check-in requirements Please arrive at the boarding terminal 30 minutes prior to the departure time to exchange for ticket/boarding pass. Regrettably, failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss your check in
What to bring/wear ● Motion-sickness medicine (if required)
● Swimwear, towel
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Comfortable shoes
● Light jacket / sweater for windy or cool days
● Water bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or purchase on Island)
● Camera (waterproof)
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info 【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
- All guests travelling will be required to provide full contact details.
- The boarding procedure has changed. If you have booked on the “Fitzroy Flyer”, please make your way directly to Berth 20 on Marlin Wharf at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
- Food & Beverage
 • To minimise contact with staff please make your meal selections before proceeding to the counter no cash will be accepted for payment.
 • All meals and drinks will be served in takeaway containers.
 • Outlets will be operating on limited opening hours from June 2020.
- Foxy's Bar:
 • Saturday 27th June – 10am to 9pm
 • Saturday 4th July – 10am to 9pm
 • Saturday 11th July – 10am to 9pm
 • Everyday during school holidays  – 10am to 6pm
 • Foxy's will be closed on all other days and food & beverage service will run out of Zephyr Restaurant and the Pool Bar.

2 Overview

Fitzroy Island is an unspoilt tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Fitzroy Island is a National Park, discover spectacular walking trails, abundant marine life, and local wildlife. Located 45 minutes from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Fitzroy Island is easily reached by regular ferry transfers on the air-conditioned Fitzroy Flyer. Fitzroy Island is ideal for families, a visit with friends or a romantic gateway. Come for a day or stay overnight at our boutique resort.

Great Barrier Reef Fitzroy Island: Fitzroy Flyer Return Ferry Transfers Departs from Cairns


Fitzroy Island Fitzroy Flyer

At Fitzroy Island, you can relax and escape, you can dive right into adventure or you can do a little of both. Accessible, affordable and friendly, the island's safe, sheltered waters and pristine natural environment are here for all to explore and enjoy.

A 45-minute Fitzroy Flyer ride will get you from Cairns to Fitzroy Island and back daily, perfect for day trips to visit the Great Barrier Reef. The Fitzroy Flyer will also get you there and back again when you're heading to the island for a longer holiday too.  All Fitzroy Flyer services depart from Cairns Marlin Wharf-Berth 20.


Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is a 45-minute boat transfer by the Fitzroy Flyer (about 30kms) from Cairns in Queensland and is surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, making it the perfect accessible base for snorkelling, diving and exploring the reef. Idyllic beaches lead into the safe, sheltered waters, which are also ideal for swimming and water sports as well as yachting and boating.

  • Island Facts
    • Total Area 339 hectares (838 acres)
    • National Park Area 324 hectares (796 acres)
    • Summit Height 269 metres (882 feet)
  • Close to Cairns

    Fitzroy Island has long been close to the heart of the Cairns and surrounding local community. This is hardly surprising given the close proximity of this pristine paradise and the safe, sheltered waters. The island has always been freely accessible to the public, with a number of Fitzroy Flyer services travelling back and forth daily and local fisherman and private yachts making good use of the secure public moorings.

  • Climate

    Fitzroy enjoys a typical North Queensland tropical climate but with the added advantage of the cooling effects of the prevailing South Easterly ocean breezes for the majority of the year. Welcome Bay is sheltered and protected by the Summit. Temperatures range from 24-31 C (75-88 F) in summer and 19-25 C (66-77 F) in winter.

  • Covered By Nature

    Fitzroy is a continental island 4 square km in size, 97% of the island is National Park, covered in tropical rainforest and freely accessible to the public via an established network of clearly marked walking tracks.  The gentle, hilly terrain inland makes for great walking throughout the whole island, including to the two main beaches, Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach, the Summit the highest vantage point on the island and the historic lighthouse at the Eastern end.


Things To Do
  • Complimentary Fish Feeding: on the jetty at 11:30 and 15:30 daily.
  • Nature Walks: There are many beautiful self-guided nature walks on the island.
    • Secret Garden Walk 1km return - 45 mins

      Explore the western edge of the jetty, taking in the giant granite boulders and lush tropical rainforest.

    • Nudey Beach Walk 1km return - 45 mins

      A nice leisurely walk, the Nudey Beach Track takes you through tropical rainforest and coastal woodlands before opening onto a stunning award winning white coral beach.

      Nudey Beach was voted Australia's #2 best beach and here you'll find calm blue waters, perfect for swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach.

    • Self-Guided Historical Hike return - 2.5 hrs

      During the warmer summer months it is best to tackle the hike early in the morning before the day heats up. In the winter it can be lovely to trek in the afternoon- but always make sure have good walking shoes, plenty of water and sunscreen. The Self-Guided Historical Hike is a great option for those looking to connect to the islands’ past as well as learning some interesting facts and amusing antidotes along the way.

    • Self-Guided Summit Historical Hike

      This walk adds an extra dimension to the popular Summit and Lighthouse hike. In addition to enjoying the changes in the scenery (from the lush rainforest to open woodlands) and the stunning views overlooking Welcome Bay.


Fitzroy Flyer Transfers Timetable

Reference Only. Subject to change without notice.

Departure Point Time
Cairns Marlin Wharf-Berth 20 08:00, 11:00 ( 11:00 services do not run Monday to Friday during February and March.)
Fitzroy Island Resort Jetty 17:00


This product does not include Lunch at Foxy's, you can choose to book this product combined with Lunch Package.


3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
● If no show, no refund.

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