Before we booked a camping site and Fast Cat (water taxi) to Fitzroy Island, the forecast was showing nothing but sunny days with highs around 27-30. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way. We were fortunate enough to get a partly sunny day on our arrival day. The second day it rained but not until the late arvo, which allowed us to complete the summit walk. The third day it pretty much rained all day; right up until we left.
The below shot shows how beautiful it was when we first arrived. Our trip landed in the magical two months that the blue tiger butterflies take over Fitzroy. The butterflies were everywhere making us feel really good about our trip... for the moment.
The weather quickly changed to cool winds and cloud cover, the good news was that it was warm. Our camping adventures just a few weeks prior in the Flinders Ranges and Uluru were the opposite and this was a welcome change.
Fitzroy is only 1 hour on the Fast Cat from Cairns. As soon as we got there, we set up our tent and got in the water. The island is part of the Great Barrier Reef and you can snorkel in the area and see all types of tropical fish, turtles and parts of the vibrant reef.
Because the weather was not as agreeable as we would have liked, I didn't bother pulling out my Sony camera. Anelle snapped a few pictures on our waterproof camera so have a look. Keep in mind that as soon as the weather turned, the water became choppy and the visibility wasn't the best as a result.
We spent the rest of the first day exploring the small island and caught a pretty good sunset the first night.
When we got back to Cairns, we dropped off my sister at her hotel (she would be catching a flight to LA in the early morning). Anelle and I picked up our car rental in order to head north to Port Douglas and celebrate our honeymoon/1 year anniversary!