Fitzroy Island (Queensland Australia)

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Fitzroy Island cruise port

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Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

Local Time
2024-04-15 00:27

min: 69 °F (20 °C) / max: 82 °F (28 °C) 80°F
26.6°C
Wind: 142°/ 9.5 m/s  Gust: 10.3 m/sWind: 142°/ 9.5 m/s  Gust: 10.3 m/sFresh breeze
9.5 m/s
Min / Max Temperature82 °F / 28 °C
69 °F / 21 °C
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Fitzroy Island (aka Koba, and Gabar) is a large island located in Coral Sea, approx 29 km (18 ml) southeast of Cairns (Queensland, Australia). It features a rainforest and a fringe coral reef part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

  • The island has a land area of 3,4 km2 (1,3 ml2) and highest elevation point 375 m (1230 ft).
  • The climate is tropical, with temperatures raging between 24-31 C (75-88 F) in the summer and 19-25 C (66-77 F) in the winter.
  • The island separated from mainland around 8000 years ago, nearly at the end of the last ice age. Aboriginal people visited Fitzroy, mainly for hunting trips and recreation. 
  • Fitzroy Island was discovered and named in 1770 by James Cook (1728-1779). It was first used as a Chinese quarantine station for the goldfields of Queensland. During WW2 (1939-1945) it was used as a coast watch station.
  • Fitzroy Island is served by a 45-min ferry from Cairns (roughly 30 km / 19 ml distance). Almost all of the island is a protected area within Fitzroy Island National Park.
  • The Fitzroy Island resort offers around 100 rooms in addition to its camping area. The property was bought and developed by Doug Gamble and last refurbished in 2010.
  • The clam farm (Welcome Bay) is now the tourist resort, with the island's visitor centre. There are all 4 walking trails available for trekking, and a lighthouse (in the northeastern part).

Fitzroy Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Fitzroy Island dock (anchor) at Cairns on Trinity Bay, Far North Queensland.

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