Fitzroy Island is a perfect place to visit the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. You can swim and snorkel off iconic beaches exploring world heritage listed rainforest and coral reef systems which are highlighted by turtles, soft and hard corals and even whales in the winter months.
With our expertise and resources, Reef Magic are now offering specialised education and research field trips to Fitzroy Island. We would like to extend an invitation to all schools to take part in Marine Biology presentations and projects that will connect students to this amazing fringing reef system. We can tailor an unforgettable experience that will align with the Australian curriculum and allow students to participate in on going field research projects. All programs have been designed to garner greater connections to local reef systems and allow for more awareness and understanding of natural habitats and synergies. Inclusive of field trip costs are classroom visits by a Marine Biologist to work with the teacher and students prior to the field trip.
The field projects will go into our data system and can be accessed by the teachers and students. Students can follow the data system and add the updated information to their school projects and reports. The results of the monitoring program will provide real data that will be added to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) science based management system.
Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors. Come along and be part of the journey to learn about sea turtles, the history of the organisation and the great work into rehabilitation and sea turtle release programs on the Great Barrier Reef.
Fitzroy Island has a rich and diverse flora and fauna system. One of the main attractions is the Yellow Spotted Monitor which is one of the largest predators on the island at 1.2 meters long. There are several species of snakes (non venomous), mammals and birds which live in a variety of plant communities. Heaths and open woodlands of Eucalypts, Acacia and Turpentine trees cover the exposed slopes and spurs on the island.
Fitzroy Island National Park and the surrounding reef and waters form part of the traditional land and sea country of the Gurabana Gunggandji people. The Traditional Owners describe the creation of Fitzroy Island through a dreamtime story about a big mountain (Kobaburra) surrounded by coastal plains, which were later flooded by the seawater. The island and its surrounding waters are of cultural significance and importance as they were used for hunting and gathering, fishing, totemic values and ceremonies. The Gurabana Gunggandji people once hunted goannas and goats on the island, collected crayfish from the south-eastern shores and gathered coral rubble, which they later crushed to apply to orchards as lime. Today, many Gurabana Gunggandji people reside in the local towns of Yarrabah and Cairns adjacent to the Island.
Private Charter – Education and Research
- Up to 5 hours at Fitzroy Island
- Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment and instruction
- Stinger suit and wetsuit inclusive
- Marine Biologist guide
- Island Ecology Walks
- Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Tours
- Participation of education and research programs
- Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water
- Buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea
- Free Wi Fi on board Reef Magic Vessels
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