It is neither a relaxing get-a-way from it all retreat or a fun busy island. It falls, somewhat badly, between the two.
Let me explain:
….. Our room was an Ocean Suite with fabulous ocean views from the lounge/balcony and the gorgeous bedroom. The suite was well equipped for all we needed for our 4 day stay.
The laundry facilities are good - an essential for travellers like ourselves.
The snorkelling and diving facilities are excellent and for the less enthusiastic there are kayaks and glass bottom boat trips.
The staff are friendly and courteous.
The beaches are lovely but beware the coral bones.
The bush walks are great.
The turtle sanctuary is worth your support even though we only got to see two turtles.
The swimming pool is superbly located virtually right on the beach.
Location is beautiful and only 45 mins from Cairns by Fastcat.
Lying by the pool is our reading and chilling time. The pool bar opens at noon and plays acceptable music. The problem is the constant ping ping from the games room nearby. It was like sunbathing in a Vegas casino!
The pool when we were there was filthy. It needed closing for a good clean. The blue tiles around the edge were mouldy and the water quality was very poor.
The resort has a ‘ no BYO ’policy with regard to alcohol. Fair enough but the expensive price of the drinks should at least be qualified by being able to actually taste the alcohol.
The restaurant food was just okay.
Fitzy's food is okay.
The island has a general store, well more of a small shed with a few items. If you want to cook, take everything with you.
There is no internet on this island suggesting a nice break from it all but why have the dreaded games room? it really did ruin the atmosphere for us, we could even hear it on our balcony.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fitzroy Island Hotel Fitzroy Island