Plus, you’ll find it in the centre of Newquay and less than a minute’s walk from the South West Coast Path, which sounds like my kind of place. Mousehole Just down the coast from Penzance, Mousehole is definitely one of the most underrated places to stay in Cornwall. You’ll find rows of cottages overlooking picturesque Mousehole Harbour, as well as plenty of seafood establishments. Just don’t miss visiting The Mousehole Gift Shop! If you visit Mousehole before Christmas, you can also enjoy seeing the village aglow, thanks to thousands of Christmas lights. It’s a sight to see and one this Christmas enthusiast is adding to her bucket list! My cottage pick: Thimble Cottage is like my Cornwall cottage dream come true.
From the original features to the sea views from every room to that terrace, I’m sold. Plus, it’s located in the heart of Mousehole. Falmouth One of Cornwall’s biggest towns, it’s fortunately still easy to navigate Falmouth on foot.
How to Have a Great Day Trip to Fitzroy Island from Cairns
This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please read the full disclosure policy here. Here’s my guide on how to plan the best Fitzroy Island day trip. Believe me, it’s one of the best things to do while you’re in Cairns. So, I grew up in Townsville, which is about a 5-hour drive south of Cairns. We went on a couple of trips to Cairns over the years, but I never got to have the quintessential Fitzroy Island experience. Thankfully, I finally ticked Fitzroy Island off my bucket list in y as I expected, so this blog post is basically an excuse for me to share my favourite Fitzroy Island photos. However, I’ll also share some Fitzroy Island day trip tips too, promise ??.
Planning your Fitzroy Island day trip How to get from Cairns to Fitzroy Island First, to get to Fitzroy Island from Cairns, you need to book a Fitzroy Island day trip package. Fitzroy Island day tours only include return tickets with a tour company and start from $83 for a full day, so they’re not cheap. But I promise the experience is worthwhile. Anyway, there are half and full-day tour options, but for us, the half-day trip would have felt rushed. When we went to make a booking a few days in advance, there were, unfortunately, a lot of sold-out options. Here is the link, but I highly recommend GetYourGuide.
Thankfully, GetYourGuide came to the rescue, and we secured full-day tickets through the platform with Sunlover Reef Cruises ????
I’ve used them around the world with no issues. Departing from Cairns’ Reef Fleet Terminal, it took just under an hour to reach Fitzroy Island. Then we were on the island for approximately six hours. Another option is the Fitzroy Flyer, which offers return ferry transfers to Cairns Marina as well. Their full-day option is similar in time and pricing. What to bring to Fitzroy Island There’s a small convenience store on the island, but you better believe it includes island pricing! So if you’re on a budget, I recommend bringing your own water and food, otherwise, you can purchase meals from Foxy’s Bar too. We also packed bathers, towels and all the necessary sun protection (hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc). If you’re keen to hike, don’t forget enclosed walking shoes like my fave Allbirds.
I also brought my thongs (flip flops) to slip on as the beaches on Fitzroy Island aren’t pristine and sandy! Things to do on Fitzroy Island Now you’ve made it, here are the best things to do on Fitzroy Island: 1. Go on a hike So, we did the hike to the summit, which is estimated to be 4 kilometres return. What we didn’t realise was how hard it would be and for me, the views weren’t that good or worth the effort. But if you’re a hiker, you’ll definitely enjoy the challenge. We followed the signposts from the jetty to the summit track and then headed down via the lighthouse track. If you go this way, expect lots of steps to the summit and a steep decline through the rainforest back to Fitzroy Island Resort.