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Is There A Ferry To The Islands Off Cairns?

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Mon 12 Jun 2023

Green Island and Fitzroy Island are two spectacular islands off the coast of Cairns, Australia. They are filled with idyllic sandy beaches, tropical scenery, and dazzling coral reefs that are part of the Great Barrier Reef. But is there a ferry to the islands? Yes, there are daily ferries to and from the islands off of Cairns. You can easily visit these magical places on a day trip from Cairns! Here are some travel tips for visiting Green Island or Fitzroy Island, including information about the ferries and things to do when you arrive. 

Fitzroy Island

Is There A Ferry To The Islands Off Cairns?

Yes, there is a ferry to both Green Island and Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns, Australia. When visiting either of these gorgeous tropical islands, you can choose between a basic ferry transfer or a guided tour. Ferry transfers are the cheapest and simplest option. They cover your transport to and from the islands but they don't include any activities. Guided tours cost more upfront, but they include plenty of fun activities like snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours. 

Whether you just book a ferry or a tour is up to you! Whichever option you choose, you will not regret spending a day on one of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef islands near Cairns!

Green Island boat

Ferry From Cairns To Green Island

You can book a return ferry transfer from Cairns to Green Island with Great AdventuresThis is the most affordable way to get to Green Island, and you can spend up to 7 hours enjoying the island how you choose. The ticket includes morning tea and coffee and allows you to use the island's facilities such as toilets, showers, and pool. You can book extra excursions and activities on the island itself!

  • Green Island Return Ferry Cost: $96 for adults, $49 for children (ages 4-14), $62 for families (2 adults + 2 children)
  • Departure Times: 8:30 am or 10:30 am daily
  • Return Times: 3:20 pm or 5:20 pm daily

Boat on the Great Barrier Reef

Things To Do On Green Island

Green Island is one of the best day trips from Cairns! There are so many fun things to do here that will keep you entertained for the day. The Great Barrier Reef and its compilation of stunning coral reefs are the main attraction here, so snorkeling and scuba diving off Green Island is the #1 activity! Glass bottom boat tours are also a popular way to see the fascinating underwater world around Green Island.

If you just book the ferry, you can pay for equipment rentals and guided tours on the island when you arrive. Or you can book a package deal that includes these activities along with the ferry ride. This is a slightly more convenient way to plan your day to Green Island so you can just arrive and enjoy the day without having to think about organizing your own activities. You can also book packages that include scenic flights or a trip to the Outer Reef!

Snorkeling with turtle

Ferry From Cairns To Fitzroy Island

Another one of the best islands to visit off of Cairns is Fitzroy Island. You can book quick and easy ferry transfers offered by the Fitzroy Island Resort. The ferries run daily and you can use them for a day trip or for a longer visit if you plan on staying at the resort. With air-conditioning and panoramic views of the Coral Sea, the ferry journey itself is part of the fun of visiting Fitzroy Island!

  • Fitzroy Island Return Ferry Cost: $90 for adults, $45 for children (ages 4-13)
  • Departure Times: 8:00 am, 11:00 am, or 1:30 pm daily
  • Return Times: 9:30 am, 12:15 pm, or 5:00 pm daily

Fitzroy Island boat

Things To Do On Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is a true gem of Tropical North Queensland. Like Green Island, Fitzroy is home to gorgeous beaches and flourishing coral reefs. Snorkeling and glass bottom boat tours are the top things to do here so you can admire the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Booking a tour to Fitzroy Island that includes these activities in addition to the ferry is the best way to experience this island paradise. You can also go hiking, sunbathing, and paddleboarding around the island. 

The Fitzroy Island Half Day and Full Day Adventures are also great options for your trip. With these tours, you can organize your snorkeling and boat tours in advance so you have more time for soaking in the sun when you arrive. There is also ample free time for you to hike, swim, and relax to your heart's content. 


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