Fitzroy Island Resort in Australia is set to undergo a $2.5 million refurbishment over the next 12 months to improve the holiday resort and expand reef activities for guests.
The tropical island 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, stretches over three kilometres of lush rainforest, coral beaches, and turquoise waters. There you will find Nudey Beach, voted Australia’s best beach for 2018.
Managing Director Doug Gamble said it is the right time to invest further in Fitzroy Island Resort, as Cains is experiencing a steady period of growth with great investment in tourism infrastructure.
“The timing is right for our company to invest in the future and ensure Fitzroy Island Resort continues to excite the marketplace,” Managing Director Doug Gamble said.
“The $2.5 million refurbishment will be rolled out gradually over the next 12 months so there will be no disruption to guests.
“It will give the resort a new lighter, contemporary styling with blue and white accents to reflect the spectacular ocean surrounds of Fitzroy Island.”
A part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the location of the resort is first class although the resort itself has been generating some less satisfying reviews by guests on the worlds largest travel site TripAdvisor.
Most guests agree that it is a great resort, it just needs some TLC.
Frequent guest Barbara L, said the island is one of Queensland’s hidden secrets and she would recommend the resort. Although she had some issues with the establishment and brought them to the attention of management on TripAdvisor.
“My accommodation was clean and neat, though the decor is a little dated and does not speak of ‘Australia’,” Mrs Barbara L said.
“The walkway on the second floor from the lift to my room was raised in places…this could be dangerous.
“The litter was a problem… please install more discreet rubbish bins along the beach.
“Overall I found the resort to be relaxed and family friendly, with good facilities. I understand there is a refurbishment coming up soon, and I look forward to visiting again when this is complete.”
The resort is also expanding its activities so guests can explore more of what the island has to offer. Doug Gamble said that investment has gone into the Cairns Dive operation on the island, as well as a catamaran fleet.
“We have bought a 50 per cent share of the Cairns Dive Centre operations on the island and will work with co-owner, local tourism identity Peter Boundy, to offer fresh Great Barrier Reef experiences,” Managing Director Doug Gamble said.
“Islands and sailing go hand in hand and we will soon provide day trips around the island and sunset cruises on the 16-metre catamaran Eye Spy which is now based at Fitzroy Island.
“It is an exciting period of growth for our locally-owned company which will generate additional jobs for the community and provide a boost to local suppliers and contractors.”
The locally owned tourism business opened in 2010, and it is the 4th establishment on the island since 1997, with each resort replacing the last.
The resort is the only accommodation available on Fitzroy Island.