Summit Track, Fitzroy Island National Park - A very steep service road (concrete wheel tracks) from the north-east end of Welcome Bay climbs through rainforest towards the lighthouse. A lookout on the windy north side of the island offers views of Green Island on a clear day. Follow the road for 1.6 kilometres where the Summit Track branches off to the right. Follow this 600 metre boulder-strewn track upwards 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.... more
Stay on the track at all times and follow markers and signs carefully. Take care around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces. Wear sturdy footwear, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt. Always carry water and try to walk in the cooler part of of the day.
Distance: 4.4 kilometre return.
Time: allow three hours walking time.... less
Wear a hat and sunscreen and take drinking water when walking as parts of this track are very exposed. Walk in the cooler months.
Be careful on the slippery and uneven track surfaces, especially when wet. Be prepared for wet weather and strong winds if visiting during February and March.
This walk can be enjoyed all year round, but should be avoided in wet and windy weather as it is exposed in parts.
How To Get There
Access to Fitzroy Island is by private boat or ferry services from Cairns. Ferries can be affected by weather conditions so it is best to confirm transfers 24 hours prior to departure. The trip takes about 45 minutes.
There is no vehicle access on or around Fitzroy Island.
Two seasons occur in North Queensland, the wet and the dry. The wet season, December to April, brings high humidity and heavy rainfall. March is the wettest month, when Fitzroy Island receives an average rainfall of 502 millimetres. During the drier months of May to October the temperatures are lower but the humidity is still relatively high. Winter rain is not uncommon. Throughout the year, average daily temperatures on Fitzroy Island range from 19 degrees Celsius to just over 30 degrees Celsius.
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