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General questions- Fitzroy or Hamilton

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General questions- Fitzroy or Hamilton

Hi,

My partner and I are interested in visiting Fitzroy island as Hamilton Island is looking out of my budget.

I've never heard of this island before, but it looks beautiful.

- Is it less toursitic/family oriented that Hamilton island?

- Is it easy to get from Cairns to Fitzroy and Fitzroy to Great Barrier reef viewing areas?

- Is it a nice tropical island similar to Hamilton?

In other general advice or things I should know?

Cheers!

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1. Re: General questions- Fitzroy or Hamilton

I've only been to Fitzroy Island on a day trip, the resort looked modern with nice pool / bar and a pub next door.

The snorkelling was average, i did go on an overcast day but the beach is full of shells so hard to walk on. It's a quick ferry across about 50mins and you are there.

I would get bored personally as nothing much else to do.

Hamilton Island is a small city with alot more options for sailing and snorkelling.

Maybe think about staying at Airlie Beach alot of cheaper accom options and doing an overnight sailing trip on a catamaran or tall ship instead.

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2. Re: General questions- Fitzroy or Hamilton

Thanks for the tip- but i've just booked my flight to cairns ! I'm not locked into going anywhere in paricular around there yet. Just been looking into fitzroy & green island (either one- not both)

Is there somewhere else you could suggest around there?

Edited: 26 March 2013, 04:31
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3. Re: General questions- Fitzroy or Hamilton

Budget is the biggest issue.

None of the islands are cheap.

I'd seriously consider staying on the mainland. You ca get an island feel at somewhere Like Thala or Kewarra.

Fitzroy would be good for a night or 2, but don;t be there on the weekend if you want quiet.

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4. Re: General questions- Fitzroy or Hamilton

Just came back from fitzroy. Accommodation was modern but dirty, left a day earlier. The snorkeling was great! U need reef shoes as the beach is coral, not sand. Water was clear as, plenty of fish right off the beach. Food is expensive. It takes 45 min from cairns. U can do day trips. I would stay in cairns and go from there to fitzroy and green island maybe.

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