This ruggedly picturesque, heavily forested island is 94% national park, with vegetation ranging from rain forest to heath, and an extensive fringing coral reef. Only 6 km (4 miles)—less than an hour’s cruise—from Cairns, the 988-acre island, once connected to the mainland, was a hunting, gathering, and ceremonial ground for the Gungandji people, who called it Kobaburra before Cook renamed it in 1770. Today Fitzroy Island houses a modern resort, budget cabins, and facilities for the day-trippers who flock here year-round to snorkel, dive, and kayak with turtles and tropical fish. From June to September, migrating manta rays and humpback whales pass right by the island.
Looking back on eight decades on making travel history.More