Well our trip was a last minute decision, and even a last minute change to include Fitzroy Island. What a great 2 nights and 3 full days!!
The ferry from Cairns took 45 minutes and had us at Fitzroy reception around 11am and we were able to check straight in. The day we left we had full access to facilities even after checkout (we arranged a 12 noon late check out). The ferry left at 4.30pm, so we had 3 full days.
We had one of the "Resort Studio" rooms - a nicely setout room but without any ocean view. The other rooms were comparably more expensive than the one we selected (ours was $137 pn and other rooms/suites/cabins around $100 more pn).
The manager told us that he was project managing the re-opening of the resort (about 20 weeks open now) and it had been closed for the prior 18 months. There is work been done on the island with no disturbance to us or other guests. A new day centre is being built for day trippers.
Snorkelling off the beach at the steps of the resort.
Large pool and swim-up bar
Fabulous quality food - although the menu included almost no vegetables and some items were repeated in several dishes (eg identical salads, steak sandwich prepared using a bagette that was also used for the BLY Bagette), the choice not overly extensive and could become repetitive after more than a few days stay. But everything superbly cooked and nice indoor or verandah or terrace views. Book the corner table for the best evening/sunset view for dinner!!
There is a small shop with items including alcohol, brekky items etc. This can be used by those who chose to camp on the island and allows an alternative to the restaurant.
Free board games available at reception
Throw away your mobile phone - or stand at reception or at the pier to get reception (dodgey even then in bad weather) - but aren't you on holiday?? No guest internet access but that's island life.
A fantastic undiscovered treasure!!! Go there but dont tell anyone!!!
- 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