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Fitzroy Island,  Green Island, Lizard Island.
Some of the islands provide accommodation and all sorts of activities.

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island: is  25 km  from    the Cairns mainland. This beautiful 339 hectares of unspoiled region is a rainforest National Park. Daily  catamaran services run from Cairns.
Scuba dive, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, stroll the beautiful white sandy beaches   or just relax.
Did you know: That Fitzroy Island   was named by James Cook during his voyage back in 1770. Click here for more information.

Green Island: is part of a protected Marine Park and is surrounded by the  beautiful Rainforest and Coral Reef.  This 15 hectare Island is a  45 minute cruise  from the Cairns mainland. Snorkel or Scuba  dive among the marine life    or view it    from a glass bottom boat or   semi-submersible. Showers, change rooms,   shops and beach hire equipment are available. Relax on the beach or stroll through the National Park. Green Island accommodation is a luxury resort with all the modern facilities.

Green Island

Lizard Island

Lizard Island: 240km off    the Cairns mainland it is Australia's furthermost island.  This 1000 hectare   rainforest clad Island was in 1939  declared a National Park.  Daily flights from Cairns connect to this secluded, picturesque Island retreat which has resort style accommodation.  

Facilities include Snorkelling, motorised dinghies, deep sea diving, fishing bush walking and glass bottom boat. The Island has a research station.  Campers must obtain a permit from The National Parks & Wildlife Service Cairns. 
Did you know: The first European to explore Lizard island was Lt.   Captain James Cook. He anchored in one of the bays where he then climbed to the top of a hill (now known as Cook's Look ) to survey a suitable safe passage away from the Island. James Cook  anchored in one of   the bays    where he then climbed to the top of a hill (now known as Cook's Look) to survey a suitable safe passage away from the Island.