Fitzroy Island Resort is a small resort located on a surprisingly large island. The resort offers a variety of rooms available to guests, starting from Studio rooms (which I stayed in), to ocean view, and even beach front cottages. The resort rooms are all based off the one long corridor of rooms, in 3 levels over 4 blocks. They all join to a 3 level open air, undercover walkway. The resort is beachfront, with plenty of palm trees and rainforest immediately surrounding the resort. The staff can provide you pool towels from the reception. There is free Wi-Fi in the reception area and Foxy’s. There is limited telephone reception (even with Telstra) on the island, so be prepared to disconnect. Where there was Wi-Fi was were there was good reception. If you can’t bear the thought of not having reception, stay in Cairns and do a daytrip to Fitzroy Island instead.
The Studio room provides all that you would need from a room. There is a window facing out onto the walkway (make sure your curtains are closed or everyone can see in), an armchair, a desk, a small kitchenette and a small bathroom. In the kitchenette, you’ll find a mini fridge, a kettle, 2 wine glasses, 2 tall glasses, 2 mugs (which we ate breakfast out of), and a small selection of teas and coffee. The studio room was somewhat dark, but you get what you pay for.
You’ll find a TV with USB input, however it doesn’t play movies (whats the point?). There is plenty of room for luggage. The room was always clean and the bed was comfortable under a thin sheet. Make sure to regulate your air-con, as sometimes it gets freezing. As standard with any 4 start hotel, there were mini bottles of shampoo etc in the bathroom.
I managed to find one spot on the bedside table where I was able to have phone reception and 3G, however, like most of the resort, it’s very patchy and didn’t always work.
Fitzroy Island Resort is found Fitzroy Island National Park, about a 45 minute ferry ride from Cairns. The location is absolutely perfect, with beautiful views of Mt Yarrabah in the horizon. Whilst it doesn’t look far from Cairns on the map, the distance is certainly enough from mainland to bring on that true island vibe.
As the island is on the edge of The Great Barrier Reef, you have immediate access to a fantastic Reef for snorkeling.
The resort features most of your typical 4 star facilities, with a large pool for guests to use. The pool unfortunately isn’t very warm, as the ocean was actually warmer. If the weather is a little bit cooler, the pool becomes off limits as it’s just too cold to enjoy. There is also a cold jacuzzi – this I cannot understand and baffles me, why have a cold jacuzzi? There is also a swim up bar, but it could use some sprucing up, it’s seems a little sterile as it was. No one ever seemed to be there to serve you, or even a menu. Seems like a bit of a waste.
The resort also offer massages for about $90per hour depending on treatment, which is on par with normal massage prices. Child minding services are available for $40 per half hour, or $80 per hour.
Should you wish to brave the elements, there is a campground on Fitzroy Island. There was a full BBQ area, shower block and large area for setting up tents. Fingers crossed the weather is on your side.