Starting from the jetty in front of the Fitzroy Island Resort, this return walk takes you to the Fitzroy Island Lighthouse via the same-titled concrete road, passing by Welcome Beach along the way. The lighthouse was once used by the chinese people during the goldrush, then served as an observation post during WWII as well. In August, you may have a chance to see migrating whales from here. The beaches and the resort can make this island a perfect weekend getaway which is only a 45 minute ferry(Fast Cat) ride away from the Cairns Marlin Marina. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the wooden jetty in front of Fitzroy Island Resort, head towards the said resort along the jetty with metal railings. After coming off the jetty, turn left following the “Lighthouse” signage and head along the gravel path as you keep the ocean to your left. Stay on the designated track and pass by the campsite to continue along Fitzroy Island Lighthouse Track.....
Directions & comments
After another 235 m continue straight.
After another 50 m come to the "Fitzroy Island Campsite" (9 m on your right).
After another 25 m to find the toilet.
After another 1.5 km veer left, to head along Lighthouse Track.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Lighthouse Track.
After another 180 m veer right, to head along Lighthouse Track.
After another 70 m come to "Fitzroy Island Lighthouse".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Fitzroy Island Lighthouse
1 h 45 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)