Summit Track, Fitzroy Island National Park

Cairns, Cairns Area

Get a 360 degree view of the Great Barrier Reef and the Tropical North Queensland coastline from the 269 metre summit of Fitzroy Island. Just a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns, Fitzroy Island National Park has white coral-strewn beaches and clear blue water that makes the summit view even more spectacular. During whale season you may be rewarded with a display by a humpback whale.

The 3.6 kilometre Summit Track is a three hour return walk starting at the jetty in Welcome Bay and going via the island's Lighthouse Road. The boulder-strewn track climbs for 600 metres through woodland to the summit where slabs of granite and windswept casuarina trees frame magnificent views over the island, surrounding reefs and mainland.

From the summit, the track descends for 1.4 kilometres through woodland and open heathland with more views of the island and mainland. The track exits near the camping area. The track is steep and rough with many steps and can be walked in either direction.

Journey Details

Duration
3 Hours
Distance
3.6 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking/Trekking

Full Itinerary

Summit Track

Follow the Lighthouse Road for 1.6 kilometres to the signposted Summit track trail head on the right. The boulder-strewn track climbs for 600 metres through woodland to the summit. At the summit (269 metres) slabs of granite and windswept casuarina trees frame magnificent views over the island, surrounding reefs and mainland. Areas of the summit are currently closed. Please observe safety signs and fencing. From the summit, the track descends for 1.4 kilometres through woodland and open heathland with magnificent views. The track exists near the camping area. The track is steep and rough with many steps and should only be undertaken by fit and healthy walkers.

Please Note: The Summit Track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Return
Level of Difficulty Level 4: Recommended for experienced bushwalkers

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