I've stayed 3 times at Fitzroy - first in the early 90s (camping), next late 90s (in the old resort's backpacking section) and lately in July 2016 (camping again). It's an island well worth repeat visits.
GETTING THERE - I used the resort's fast catamaran but there are several other operators who run out there although for some this is just part of a multi-destination day trip.
This is not a bad trip - my main criticism is there is no courtesy shuttle transfer from Cairns accommodation to the Reef Marina departure point.
The cleared tent area in image is about 65mx45m - had about a dozen tents my visit without feeling crowded - room for double that without getting too crammed. Camp area extends to beachfront - some enterprising tenters set themselves up under the beach-side trees. The sheltered picnic tables are here too - dominated by day trippers weekend lunches. No problems when they went home. New amenities block is not in this fairly recent Google Earth image.
Track near beach leaving top of image continues about 1500m to LIGHTHOUSE. The SUMMIT track leaves bottom part of the camp clearing - hidden by tree crowns.
Not all is great with the new place however - there are no hot water showers and the place was pretty dirty despite a resort cleaner giving it a good workout daily. The joint was overwhelmed by day-trippers and passers-by on their way to the lighthouse, the turtle rehabilitation area or the rather nice eastern end of MAIN BEACH. It actually needs 2 cleanings a day - at least on weekends, school holidays etc.
There is SOME hot water - the lit outside of the amenities block behind furthest ladies had washing up facilities for BBQers - one of the free BBQs is under the light towards left top of image.
HOWEVER THERE WAS NO CAMP KITCHEN! At $33 a night I expect this. Dudes like me who bus/fly into North Queeensland can't carry pots and pans let alone a proper cooler to preserve BBQ supplies/milk etc a number of days.
NOR were there any clothes washing/drying facilities (and a council directive banning improvised clotheslines). I moaned to the resort which directed me to their guest laundry - the washer and drier were less expensive than many backpackers' I used this tour and the place seemed underused - looks like the valet clothes cleaning service is popular with the guests.
SUM UP OF CAMPGROUND - a real nice area but overpriced, under maintained, under supervised and lacking in facilities.
These rooms have tree-filtered beach-bay views - rooms in back look out at rainforested hillside which is maybe not that special for the price.
Refer to user review sites to see if you think place is worth the ask.
These shots click-expand nicely. At least on PCs - not sure abt yu phone dudes.
Dunno what their cut of my $33 a night is to administer/clean/supervise the camping area - but I reckon they could work a bit harder on the last 2 points.
Inflatable pontoon mid-left had a tramboline center - immensely popular with kids. And not quite kids - this 70 yo geezer had to swim out and give it a go. OK - I'm 70 with the emotional age of 11.
WATERSPORTS has kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkel sets etc to burn.
Very popular with daytrippers above - and when I came back in the evening, resort guests. The resort also has a dining room, but looked like the guests approved of FOXY'S value.
Okay, I haven't a pic. It's immediately resort-side of FOXY'S. Has a limited selection of hot/fresh/prepared eats, ditto canned/packaged food, a good selection of the stuff people forget to pack on trips like this (including basic medications) and the usual touristy trinkets/t-shirts etc. Prices made this cheapskate blanch, but you gotta remember I'm a seriously low-budget traveler.
Fitzroy has two main beaches, NUDEY and MAIN/RESORT. There are smaller patches of sand around the island but these need a kayak or some serious rock-hopping to access. I'm not into those these days.
Probably my best pic of this beach is the opening one at top of page.
You hit the beach near top of image - look for stacked shells/stones to denote exit; can be a bit confusing otherwise.
The far ends of both sections can get some wind when the prevailing south-easterlies which blow 80% of the time get a bit brisk. Push back to the top/middle end of the first beach for best shelter.
I found snorkeling a bit ordinary off the beach itself, but okay along those rocks at the top end.
Nudey is not supposed to be nude these days but naturists will find some sheltered spots and next to no visitors after the day-trippers go home.
Nice trekking can be done on the island. Some tracks have good viewpoints, others nice rainforest.
THE SUMMIT TRACK
In yellow above, this leads to the island's highest point and best viewpoint. You can then push on, dropping down to join the lighthouse track abt 10 mins short of that feature.
Starting point for most is at the southern end of the camp clearing (the branch leading fron the resort is closed to outsiders) - from there it is about 1km to the Summit. Slopes are a pretty equal measure of gentle,moderate and steep. At no time did I enter what I class as VERY steep, let alone HEARTBREAKER and DON'T SEND FLOWERS. It took me abt 40 mins - I climb slowly but don't stop - I'm a seriously old geezer but very fit.
THE CONTINUATION OF THE SUMMIT TRACK downhill to meet the lighthouse track took me about 20 minutes. Slopes are similar to the first section but conditions underfoot are the poorest on the island - more roots and haphazard stones. However at no time did I think it was a nasty track (that's where I start slipping and go base over apex like on CAPE TRIBULATION'S MOUNT SORROW TRACK a week earlier).
THE LIGHTHOUSE TRACK is shown in white on the Google Earth image up page. Leaving fron the north end of the camping area, this one is about 1400m - doesn't go as high - took me 45mins. Slopes are equally shared between gentle, moderate and steep. There are also flat and even downhill sections - and about 200m which went into my VERY STEEP category.
The viewing platform at the above intersection has the best outlook at GREEN ISLAND. This can't be seen from the SUMMIT or LIGHTHOUSE.
By their very nature most atolls have nice fringing beaches and reefs with good snorkeling - GREEN ISLAND doesn't disappoint. Some day tour operators combine GREEN and FITZROY islands.
NUDEY AND SECRET GARDEN TRACKS
NUDEY TRACK - the white route above starts just west of FOXY'S and moves through some nice rainforest just above the oceanside rocks. Took me about 20 mins each way.
SECRET GARDEN - this (the yellow route above) is a short (maybe 20 mins return) up and back walk to a viewing platform in the middle of the island. Gradients are only moderate and the surface is fine underfoot.
TRACK SUM UP
BEST VIEWS - the Summit track from the resort/camp ground.
BEST WORKOUT - up the Lighthouse track to as far as the Summit turn-off - on to the SUMMIT and then down to the resort/camp ground.
BEST RAINFOREST - the Secret Garden track.
Regular users of this sit know I'm a sucker for sunsets. Like there's not too much better than sitting on a beach with a bottle of Cap'n Morgan's vibe-enhancer as that big golden orb sinks below the western horizon.
But FITZROY ISLAND has a plus - not too often do I have the chance to witness the sun sinking below the Aussie mainland from an offshore island.
But this one I particularly liked...