Introducing Fitzroy Island
A steep mountaintop rising from the sea, Fitzroy Island has coral-strewn beaches, woodlands and walking tracks, and Australia’s last staffed lighthouse. The most popular snorkelling spot is around the rocks at Nudey Beach (1.2km from the resort), which, despite its name, is not clothing-optional, so bring your togs.
You can pitch a tent at the Fitzroy Island Camping Ground, run by Cairns Regional Council. It has showers, toilets and barbecues; advance bookings are essential.
Refurbished accommodation at the Fitzroy Island Resort ranges from sleek studios and beachfront cabins through to a decadent-and-then-some penthouse ($1899). Its restaurant, bar and kiosk are open to day trippers.
Raging Thunder runs day trips from Cairns.