A steep mountaintop rising from the sea, fabulous Fitzroy Island has coral beaches, giant boulders and rainforest walking tracks, one of which ends at a now-inactive lighthouse. It's a top spot for swimming and snorkelling; one of the best places to lay your towel is Nudey Beach, which, despite its name, is not officially clothing-optional. Unlike the rest of the island away from the resort, Nudey actually has some sand on it.
The Indigenous Gunggandji people hunted and fished from the island for centuries; in 1877, it was used to quarantine Chinese immigrants bound for the Palmer River goldfields. Today, Fitzroy is a national park, with a resort occupying but a small section on the western coast. It's popular as both a day trip from Cairns and as an overnight getaway from the mainland.