Discovering Fitzroy Island with small children

Fitzroy Island

There is plenty to do on Fitzroy Island, it is just that we chose to do very little.  The reason for our inactivity were the pristine, protected waters, and coral strewn beach that we found on site.   It was on this beach that my family spent our time during our recent weekend getaway.  Although the beach is not of the white sandy variety, the bleached coral offered Bub 1 and Bub 2 a king’s ransom of beach treasure.    They did not build sand castles but instead collected, regarded, and enjoyed each unique ocean relic they discovered underfoot – a beautiful alternative to typical beach play.

Bub 2 on Fitzroy Island

Bub 2 on Fitzroy Island









I did encourage Bub 1 to venture out onto the sea trampoline with me however this was out of his comfort zone as it was past deep water.  Beach kayaks and snorkels are available for hire onsite and if we had been able to stay longer I would have explored the water from their different perspectives.

Fitzroy Island jetty

Located a 45 minute ferry ride from Cairns (we travelled on Sunlover Cruises), the majority of Fitzroy Island is national park.  It is surrounded by a reef system that is part of the Great Barrier Reef.  Fitzroy Island Resort is elegant, while retaining a relaxed atmosphere.  A variety of accommodations are offered at the resort.  These include beachfront family rooms, hotel rooms and self-contained apartments.  As we visited with a party of 5 we chose to stay in a two bedroom apartment, which is actually a dual key 1 bedroom apartment with adjoining hotel room.  Our room was all you could ask for at an island resort – complete with hibiscus flower on the bed as we entered.

A few special features of the resort that endeared it to a family with small children are the playroom complete with cubby house and toys, movie theatre (three movies a day are on offer) and children’s wading pool.  If they just had a supervised kids club I would want to visit once a month!

Our own getaway was only for one night however I would love to go back for longer, to further explore the natural environment including the national park.  I would recommend the island to day-trippers and campers (camp-sites are  available on the island).  The resort offers an elegant getaway for Cairns locals, and visitors to the Cairns region.

A note to families – the resort offers two restaurants however the self-contained accommodation is a perfect option looking to keep the cost of dining down.

Fitzroy Island Resort pool


Fitzroy Island Resort 1 bedroom apartment

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4 thoughts on “Discovering Fitzroy Island with small children

  1. I also Just recently spent 5 days on the Island, with a 11, 9 and 7 year old.. Was the best time we have ever had.. As much as we love the theme parks that the gold coast offers, we had the most relaxing time here not worrying about what time it was buses, cars, roads etc.. All my children snorkelled and were dazzled by the amazing creations under the sea. Was the most beautiful serene place to stay in and we also spent the most time here together as a family. We always had something to do and the location and natural wonders there can not be man made or re created.. The room we had was super and the staff were all great. The restaurant buffet breakfast was divine and foxys bar offered a kid friendly place to eat whilst enjoying a wine.. Can not wait to go back again xx

  2. Hi Angie,
    How lovely to have a full 5 days to relax in a tropical paradise. I can’t wait till my boys are old enough to snorkel so I can introduce them to a complete new underwater environment.

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