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Fitzroy Island Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   The Esplanade, Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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“Fantastic getaway.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Fitzroy Island Resort makes for a very enjoyable getaway to this picturesque tropical island nestled between Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. It is a great place to relax and take in the tropical atmosphere by the crystal clear waters of the Pacific. The resort restaurant serves great meals with ocean views. Snorkeling from the coral covered beach gives you a taste of what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. There are also a handful of walks through the national park to the lighthouse, secret garden, and mountain summit.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear MoritzKR,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Fitzroy Island Resort.

We are delighted you enjoyed you time at the property and agree - the islands location on the Great Barrier Reef truly is paradise.

We look forwarding to welcoming you back in future.

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
Rooms Division Manager
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Room was great, modern, very clean and spacious. Enjoyed having the kitchen facilities as we stayed for 5 nights so didn't want to have to eat at the restaurants for every meal. We found there was enough to do at the island to keep us occupied (walks, kayaking etc) as well as enjoying plenty of time at the beach and swimming which was what we wanted to do. While the beaches off Port Douglas & Cairns were un-swimmable due to it being stinger season, the beaches around Fitzroy island were perfectly safe. We were quite disappointed with the Dive trip that we organised through the resort's Dive shop who book through Cairns Dive Centre. The snorkeling and diving on the part of the Great Barrier Reef we were taken to was very underwhelming, the reef itself looked like it was dying, not very colourful at all and variety of sea life was not as good as we hoped or had experienced in Fiji. I'm sure there are other parts of Great Barrier which are amazing though. I also agree with other reviews which state that more could be done to make this resort amazing as there were quite a few things around the place that looked unfinished or in need of fixing. Overall it was a great stay and we loved the beaches and natural surroundings that the island had to offer.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Alex H,

Thanks for your review. We are really pleased your stay was relaxing and over all enjoyable.

The Resort is an amazing destination and your comments with regard to its’ potential are something totally agree with. The Resort has been operational for approximately three years now after a complete refurbishment to existing buildings that were dormant for many years and allot of facilities being built from the ground up. There big plans are in place to continue to evolve the property into the future so please "watch this space."

I have also noted your comments with relation to the Dive Shop and location chosen for tours. Depending on weather and the time of year, locations for snorkelling and dive tours will vary to ensure the safety of guests at all times. The Dive shop is currently operated by a third party however we will pass your feedback on accordingly.

We do look forward to welcoming you back to Fitzroy Island Resort in Future.

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Functional resort hotel, with a fantastic view and lovely snorkeling on hand. Accommodation was great, catering to all budgets - camping, luxury, etc..

We stayed in an Ocean front 1 bedroom suite , which we later found to be more than we needed and an over-kill. This type of accommodation is only useful (we think) to families with children. A double room is more than sufficient for a couple. We never used the in-suite cooking amenities.

Food on the resort is reasonably priced we thought, and therefore, one could eat at any of the 2 catering premises on the island.

We stayed 3 nights. This turned out to be excessive for what the island has to offer, except one wants to totally rest. We would have much preferred to stay 1night, 2 days at Fitzroy and then spend the rest of our 2days visiting Cairns. As it turned out we "wasted" 3days holed up on the island, without access to internet, and not much to do except lounge after seeing/doing everything there was to do. Which in itself it not bad, but we would have rather visited Cairns and environs. Try to make full/half board arrangements, if available.

Overall, enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: A couple do not need a 1BDR suite. A room is adequate.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear GalHappy,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We appreciate all your comments and in particular the reference to an appropriate length of stay. Our Management team agree that the best amount of time to spend on Island can be a subjective topic. Consequently, we have a variety of packages that incorporate 1 to 4+ night stays that offer guests the chance to engage in a range of activities such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, day tips to the outer reef, kayaking or even just relaxing by the pool. We believe there is something to suit all tastes and preferences.

We do look forward to welcoming you back to Fitzroy Island Resort in Future.

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
Rooms Division Manager
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We were travelling from the U.S. and decided that the Great Barrier Reef was a must stop on our trip. After literally hours of research, I settled on Fitzroy Island, where we stayed for four nights. Just the idea of staying on a "private island" near the reef was too exciting. After checking Lizard Island and its $7,000 price tag for 3 nights, the $900 we spent for a ocean suite was a steal. The room was big, bright and comfortable with a nicely appointment kitchen (full-size fridge, oven, stove top, dishwasher), small dining area, comfy living room area, a separate bedroom and more than adequate bathroom. Our favorite spot? The balcony overlooking the foliage and ocean beyond.

We did the glass bottom boat ride and the dive center set us up with a day trip for snorkeling to the outer reef, which was a lot of fun. One day, we walked to Nudey beach and for the first little while had the whole beach to ourselves -- what a beautiful, magical spot. The water wasn't as clear as I thought it would be, but still very lovely to swim. Another day we made the walk to the lighthouse. This walk was a bit harder than I thought it would be with VERY steep hills, but it was so worth it to see the view from the lighthouse. Again, we were the only ones up there at the time and it seemed as if we were the only two people in the world. Very peaceful, beautiful.

The only slight hiccup was finding the ferry to the island when we first arrived in Cairns. They had changed the location of the slip and the directions were not clear at all. luckily, I bumped into a woman who called the island to get more instructions. I understand the reviews that say that it is "good" but could be "great." However, compared to its outrageously pricey competition, good was more than fine with us.

Room Tip: Ocean suites are the way to go. Floors 2 and 3 are the best.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Frances D,

Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and agree that the property is fantastic value for money.

We do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back in future.

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
Rooms Division Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

My sister and I have just come back from a wonderful 3 days/2 nights on Fitzroy Island, just 45 minutes by ferry from Cairns. We stayed in an Ocean Suite at the only resort on the island, Fitzroy Island Resort. The second floor suite was more than adequate, with a small kitchen, which was fully self contained, a washing machine and dryer and a great balcony overlooking the ocean. Perfect for sharing a cold wine as the sun went down. The swimming pool was great, as was the ocean swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and glass bottom boat.
We were very impressed by the meals at Zephyr and Foxys Bar/ restaurant. Great prices for food and alcohol.
The staff were also excellent.
We definately recommend this Resort.

Room Tip: Specify a room with unrestricted ocean views.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear walker097,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review of your experience at Fitzroy Island Resort.

We agree with you - the rooms, facilities and activities at the property are of a very high standard and our staff work hard to ensure all of our guests have a truly memorable experience. It is great to hear the hard work and effort has really made your holiday.

We look forward to welcoming you and your friends to island in future.

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
Rooms Division Manager
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

A last minute weekend getaway turned out to be absolutely spectacular..
The Resort was superb, the staff, cleanliness, layout, facilities, all top notch. A few hiccups with inexperience with some staff but overall a very pleasant stay. We did heaps of snorkelling and were very surprised at the amount of corals and fish on the southern end of the beach. We saw painted crayfish, at least 6 turtles over the 2 days, many species of fish and clams.. We also conquered the summit..some advice is sunscreen and water and good shoes..It took us a good 3 hours or so and it was really hot work..But the views were amazing. And felt like i had really acheived something when we fell into the ocean when we came back down..
Foxys bar was a welcome retreat after that hot walk, food was good value and the beer was cold... Heaps of other activities to do, but the snorkelling was so great, we didnt even swim in the pool..

Room Tip: We booked rather late and got a room at the far end of the complex, lots of walking and some stairs...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Cnsgirl,

Thanks for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time here at the resort and congratulate you on conquering the Islands Summit walk.

We do hope we have the pleasure of seeing you back in future.

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
Rooms Division Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

There is a lot more to do on Fitzroy than Green Island. The island has lots of water activities. On the island you can do some serious walking if you're into that. Walking to the lighthouse is very steep and the trek to the summit is steep step-like rocks. It's a good walk. The water activities are almost endless, trampoline, kayaking, surf board paddling, glass bottom boat, snorkeling, lots. There is a small general store but typical tourist type stuff. If you go for the day, pack a good lunch and lots of water. They do have outdoor showers on the beach. Loads of fun for the family. Don't expect really good service though. They do fail there, but the rest should make up for it.

Room Tip: It's hard to say what to ask for. Our room was great but was the furtherest away from everythin...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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JRNFIR69, Manager at Fitzroy Island Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear TexasBella1,

Thank you for taking the time to review you recent stay at Fitzroy Island Resort. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time here and in particular, the many walks and activities on offer that are suitable for the whole family.

I was concerned to hear you found our staffs’ service lacking as this is definitely not the normal feedback the team receive. If you could drop me an email (I have messaged you my email address) and highlight any specifics it would be greatly appreciated so I can follow up accordingly.

We do hope you give us the opportunity to welcome you back in future?

Best Regards

Tim Moloney
Rooms Division Manager
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Address: The Esplanade, Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Fitzroy Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fitzroy Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fitzroy Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and coral beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The walking tracks through the rainforest, up to the summit and to the lighthouse offer a fabulous view over the Great Barrier Reef. Located only 29 km off the coast of Cairns, the island is a listed National Park and has only one resort. Just 45 minutes by boat, Fitzroy Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to intimately discover the magic and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef from land and sea, making it the perfect accessible base for snorkeling, diving and exploring the reef and rainforest. Ferry transfers to and from Fitzroy Island depart daily and tickets can be pre-booked from Fitzroy Island Resort. The affordable 4 star Resort offers a range of contemporary accommodation including Suites, Beach Cabins and Studios. The resort facilities include a contemporary restaurant, large pool with swim up bar, dive store, indoor cinema, Foxy’s bar and a general store. Discover the vibrant corals and marine life, forest birds, butterflies and the startling white sulphur-crested cockatoos. Create memories to last a lifetime. Pure tropical island magic…. Activities include:- Dive School- Aqua Jets- Mini submarines- Glass bottom sea kayaks- Kayaking- Snorkeling. ... more   less 
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