CAIRNS – FITZROY ISLAND – CAIRNS
2 days, 1 night
When you’re visiting a destination that borders the Great Barrier Reef, it makes sense to sleep on it, right? This famil we’ll be staying island-side, Fitzroy Island-side to be precise. Leave the stresses of the city behind you – this trip is about soaking up natural stuff like snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef or taking a hike through one of Fitzroy Island’s National Park trails. You’ll want to pack your swimmers, kaftans and hats – but feel free to leave your Instagram filters behind. Fitzroy Island is the kind of tropical getaway that needs #nofilter.
Thursday 17th of October
AM: Arrive by plane, leave by boat
Arrive into Cairns late morning and transfer to the Reef Fleet terminal. Fitzroy Island awaits.
PM: Swap the mainland for Fitzroy Island
The perks of being one of the closest islands to the mainland is a short commute to paradise. In fact, in less than an hour after leaving Cairns, you’ll find Nemo and the rest of his tropical clan.
Today you’ve got a half day of water-based adventure ahead (think snorkelling, SUPs, sea kayaks, glass bottom boat tours, etc.), so swimmers and sunscreen are your only packing essentials.
PM: Go to rehab, turtle rehab that is
It’s not all fin-slaps and giggles for the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef; Fitzroy Island has a conservation message you can see first-hand at their onsite Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. A short 45-minute tour of their centre will leave you adding new elements to your war on waste routine and reluctant to use single-use plastics ever again.
Following your turtle tour, the world is your oyster – whether you want to explore more of the coral gardens just offshore or try one of the island’s inland hiking trails.
If you want your colleagues to double tap your Instagram feed with envy, take the 1.2km track to Nudey Beach for a thumb-stopping ‘grammable vista. Psst – this beach is nudey by name only, so keep your togs on!
Sunset: Eye Spy something beginning with S
We’ll re-group for sunset aboard Eye Spy to catch a candy coloured sunset from Fitzroy Island. You might be on island time, but your hosts won’t have forgotten cocktail hour with light snacks and a welcome drink ready for your arrival.
Overnight: Fitzroy Island Resort
Friday 18th of October
AM: Pack your bags, Cairns and the ASTW Conference is calling
After breakfast accommodation, we’ll board the 9.30am one-hour transfer back to Cairns, returning to the mainland by mid-morning.