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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Forget the Caribbean, try these local island resorts!

If you’re looking for a tropical getaway and want to escape from the hype of the Whitsundays, then look no further than just offshore of Cairns. Cairns is within ferry reach to Fitzroy and Green Islands; both are exquisite and secluded tropical locations with incredible crystal blue waters. We’re here to bring you the scoop on the best accommodation on and off these islands to enjoy these incredible, one-of-a-kind and highly underrated locations. Book into one of these incredible resorts near Cairns to enjoy all of the luxuries that an island holiday has to offer, from pool bars to beachside dining.

Fitzroy Island Resort

Relax in the pool bar, Fitzroy Island Resort - Fitzroy Island
Relax in the pool bar, Fitzroy Island Resort – Fitzroy Island

If you’re looking for an island getaway just a short ferry ride away from Cairns, then check out Fitzroy Island. This is a tropical hot spot without the busy beaches or commercial nature of other tourist destinations within Australia.

Take a short 45-minute boat ride with the Fitzroy Fast Cat and end up on the exclusive island, home to a national park and within the waters of the heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Nestled into the luxurious surroundings is Fitzroy Island Resort; this is the only accommodation option on the island and it does not disappoint with its modern rooms and incredible facilities.

Situated right on the oceanfront, stay in a resort studio, one or two bedroom suite with ocean views and a kitchenette. During the day, take a dip in the clear pool and swim up to the pool bar to order your favourite cocktail. You can visit their incredible restaurant for breakfast or dinner, and explore the island by taking a hike through the national park or snorkelling on the surrounding Great Barrier Reef.

If you want a truly unique experience while on the island, book in for a turtle rehabilitation tour to find out about some of the original occupants of the island. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a tropical adventure away from the hustle and bustle of other island destinations.
Where: Fitzroy Island, QLD 4870

Green Island Resort

Dine on the sand, Green Island Resort - Green Island
Dine on the sand, Green Island Resort – Green Island

On a small island offshore from Cairns is the Green Island Resort. This tiny island is home to a huge number of native sea and wildlife, as well as a large number of activities to enjoy during your stay. This eco-sensitive luxury resort has two different styles of rooms, each have private balconies with views of the lush rainforest or resort pool, perfect for a relaxing trip away in the tropics.

Enjoy a day of snorkelling or a picnic on the beach, and if you’re after something with a bit more adrenalin, you can try your hand at windsurfing or hire a canoe to explore the crystal clear waters of this Great Barrier Reef island.

While you’re at Green Island Resort, you can enjoy gourmet dining at the restaurant or casual dining options during the day, and you can even grab a beverage from the pool bar to enjoy by the water. For the true romantics, this is perfect place to visit. Book in for some beach dining on a private table overlooking the ocean, with the sunset as a perfect backdrop to pop the question or celebrate a special anniversary with your loved one.

While Green Island is a popular day visitor island, the resort has just 46 rooms and once the day trippers have left, you’ll feel like you’re on your own tropical island. An island getaway has never looked so good at Green Island Resort.
Where: Green Island, Cairns QLD 4870

If you’d prefer a rainforest to an island, check out these incredible Daintree Rainforest restaurants and cafes.

Have you had a tropical island getaway in Queensland you’d love to share? Comment and let us know!

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