Great Barrier Reef Places


Fitzroy Island

Outdoor Activities

Half a dozen marked walking trails traverse Fitzroy Island National Park; they range from half-hour rain-forest strolls to steep, challenging three-hour hikes. Take drinking water, wear sturdy closed shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat, and watch for snakes (and in estuaries and mangroves, crocs). For maps and detailed information, visit the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) Web site (

Fitzroy Island Dive & Activities Center. Day-trippers, resort guests, divers, and campers can rent kayaks or paddle-skis for A$25 an hour, as well as stinger suits, diving equipment, and snorkeling gear from the island's Dive and Activities Center. Here, you can also book everything from guided dive and snorkeling trips to windsurfing, sailing, and AquaJet excursions, sea-kayaking explorations, and glass-bottom boat tours. Fitzroy Island Resort, off Cairns, QLD, 4870. 07/4044–6700.

Sunlover Reef Cruises (Departs from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St., Cairns, QLD, 4870. 07/4050–1333; 1800/810–512 Toll-free in Aust. A$69, round-trip.)