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Fitzroy Island National Park
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Travelled to Fitzroy island via Sunlover Reef cruise, basically a ferry service that lets you off at the island around 10 and picks you up at 4. Fitzroy is amazing. The beaches are covered in pieces of coral from the reef ranging from small to very large. However, you aren't allowed to collect it as the island is a national park and protected. There is a nice snorkeling beach right next to the pier. There is also a bar (Foxy's) where you can eat and get a drink. There is a hotel on the island too.
The island has various trails including the Nudie Beach trail and the Lighthouse Trail. Both are VERY strenuous. Nudie Beach trail is posted as a moderate hike but don't be fooled. It is very difficult and exhausting.
Fitzroy is a fun way to spend a day away from a lot of the commercialism of Cairns.

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Absolutely loved this island. It was first decent day after cyclone and still a bit choppy so we settled for Fitzroy Island in case we didn't get chance to go out to the reef. We soon discovered that this is no 'just in case' place.
45 minute boat trip, using larger boat for transfer as still a bit choppy.
There is a get-away resort where we discovered we could have booked a few nights in. Apparently locals chill out here. I think they are holding out on tourists!
Our package included use of sea kayaks, stand boards, snorkels and a good pack lunch which we collected from the shack to the right as we left the boat. You can be as active or laid back as you want.
We only had the chance to explore a couple of walks; up to the secret garden and a trek along to Nudey beach which was more challenging over large boulders and rough paths. Worth the trek though.
Other paths round to the lighthouse would have taken too long, eating into our other exploits but maybe next time we will stay on the island for a couple of nights! Wishful (hopeful) thinking.
Tip: diving shoes or some foot protection would be good as washed up dead coral is hard on the feet getting in and out of surf.

Thank Jayemem
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We walked to Nudey Beach (nude in name only). All walks are for moderately fit walkers so make sure you wear good walking shoes. The walk to the lighthouse and summit is very steep along an old road but well worth the effort. Take water, sunscreen, insect repellent and a camera. No toilets on walk so use before leaving. We visited the Cairns Turtle rescue centre. Our guide Jen was very informative and very enthusiastic about the project. Well worth the $5.50 donation admission price.

Thank kimleyCairns
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Loved the 3 walks and were glad we took our hiking sticks as the steep walk up to the lighthouse was a challenge for us (both 70+) especially in the wind and rain. Plenty of interesting bird life and vegetation plus the WW11 relics on the way.

Thank JanMushroom
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Fitzroy island is 45 minutes by boat from Cairns. It is actually very beautiful and it baffles me that some people say there is not a lot to do on the island. This is really not the case. But what else do you expect it is a national park. I would go there for some peace and quiet and for a relaxing day out. And if you are into bush walking then there is the Lighthouse track and Summit walk that you can explore with fantastic views to the Barrier reef or maybe explore the not so adventurous Secret Garden and of course the iconic Nudeys beach. There is also diving, snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or if you want then maybe just while away the hours with a good book around the scenic Foxy's bar, the cafe and maybe the retail shop. Otherwise go for a swim in the crystal clear water anywhere you want on the island but my personal preference is Nudeys beach. Simply stunning with it's beautiful white sand and clear blue water. Anyway I had such an adventurous and relaxing day I have some wonderful photos to prove it. Now that is quite a day full if you ask me.

However do stay overnight on the island if you want. The Fitzroy Island resort is fantastic and it has it's own swimming pool although I'd rather be on the beach. The island does cater for everyone including backpackers, campers, boats and the up market clients so check it out for yourself. I prefer the peace, tranquility and relaxing atmosphere on the island but if you like the hustle and bustle than this is not the place. Sunlover cruises has a stop over on the island everyday on the way to the Great Barrier reef if you are thinking of visiting in the future. So thank you Sunlover Reef Cruises for the famil. Much appreciated.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the island and will definitely be back.

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