We took the 8am Fitzroy Island Ferry from Cairns and returned on the 5pm ferry, and we did not feel like we had to fill in any time. On the island we visited the Turtle rehabilitation centre, walked up to the lighthouse, sat on the beach, had a relaxing lunch and snorkelled.
When snorkelling we saw many different colored fish and coral.
When walking up to the lighthouse be sure to take a bottle of water as it is a fair walk and a bit of a climb. The lighthouse itself is not very attractive, it looks very typical 1970's, but the view is beautiful.
There is a café/bar if you want to buy lunch, or you can take a picnic lunch to eat on one of the beaches.
Well worth a day trip to this island.
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