LIVING AND WORKING ON FITZROY ISLAND
Fitzroy Island is a continental island 29 kilometres south-east of Cairns, Queensland, located on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. It is a large tropical island with a rainforest covering and its own fringe coral reef system.
The island resort is only 45 minutes by Fast Cat from Cairns and boasts 100 Luxury Resort Studios, Suites and Beachside Cabins. The island resort has 99 rooms, offers four types of guest accommodation and is the only resort on the island. Idyllic coral beaches lead into the safe, sheltered waters which are ideal for swimming and water sports, as well as yachting and boating. The facilities are exclusive to resort guests and include a restaurant, a large swimming pool and spa, a swim-up pool bar, conference rooms, indoor and outdoor function space, a cinema, games room and kids play room, walking trails, glass bottom tours, kayaking and snorkelling.
The Council Campground is located, next to the beach, only a five minute stroll from the jetty, and it is managed by the Fitzroy Island Resort staff. It has approximately 20 tent sites, a very modern and stylish Ablutions Block, BBQs and pergola cover for eating areas.
Location: Queensland – Cairns
Hiring Season: All year
Wage: Minimum $22 per hour
Accommodation: If on-island accommodation is provided as part of your job, subsidised rent and meals included
Commitment: Minimum six months (should you wish to stay longer, we can transfer you to another retreat at the end of your first successful six month stint)
- Minimum age 18+
- Australian citizen, or be eligible for a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417 / 462)
- A minimum of intermediate English
- Exceptional grooming
- Positive outgoing personality with a desire to work in hospitality / tourism
- At least 12 – 24 months experience in a similar working environment
The island has a very colourful and interesting history, starting with its original separation from the mainland (about 8000 years ago), at the end of the last Ice Age, and from then on with its continuing Aboriginal cultural links, mainly for visiting hunting trips and recreation. There were also links with England’s Captain Cook and (much later) use of the island for a considerable time as a significant Chinese Quarantine Station (for the Queensland goldfields). Subsequently it was used as a Mission School and then, during World War Two, as a Coast Watch Station. The island has also been important as a significant Lighthouse Base, with the last permanent lighthouse structures on the main island still being an important community attraction. Since its closure the marine community has been serviced with an automatic lighthouse based on the adjacent Little Fitzroy Island. There has been both a Giant Clam farm at Welcome Bay and now a Tourist Resort and Day Visitor Centre.
Fitzroy enjoys a typical North Queensland tropical climate but with the added advantage of the cooling effects of the prevailing SE ocean breezes for the majority of the year. Temperatures range from 24 – 31 C (75 – 88 F) in summer and 19 – 25 C (66 – 77 F) in winter.
Covered By Nature
97% of the four square kilometre continental island is National Park, covered in tropical rainforest and freely accessible to resort guests and the public via an established network of walking tracks. The gentle, hilly terrain inland makes for great walking throughout the whole island, including to the two main beaches, the highest vantage point on the island and the historic lighthouse at the eastern end.
Close To Cairns
Fitzroy Island has long been close to the heart of the Cairns and surrounding local community. This is hardly surprising given the close proximity of this pristine paradise and the safe, sheltered waters. The island has always been freely accessible to the public, with a number of Fast Cat services travelling back and forth daily and local boaties and yachties making good use of the secure public moorings in private vessels. The island is less than an hour from the Cairns domestic and international airports.
A Relaxed, Friendly, Barefoot Destination
Fitzroy Island is a large tropical island, with a rainforest covering and its own fringe coral reef system. It offers, in separate locations, accommodation ranging from affordable four-star resort, to divers, to day trippers, and camping. The Dive & Activities Centre, the Pacific Islands Store (shop) and Foxy’s Bar & Café are open to all visitors, and the island offers a unique combination of readily accessible rainforest and coral reef. Oh, and the beaches are to die for!