Fitzroy Island is pretty much just a backpackers island. I think that's about all they have in the way of accommodations. If you're ever thinking about backpacking, this would give you an idea of what it's like. You're bunked in a long bunk house, with the bathrooms set in another building. Oh yeah, and if you're too loud, you may get yelled at, as some of our good friends found out... There was a huge bug on the screen door, and
when someone opened up their bedroom door the bug flew in. So they screamed. Well, one girl who was staying there came out and informed us all that she was trying to get some sleep. It's not our fault the bug came in! But it was pretty funny!!!
When we got to the island I decided to climb to the summit. The map said it was about an hour's walk or so, and Abby and I started up. About halfway up the first set of stairs before getting to the trail she decided to turn back, so I went on alone. As you're climbing you keep seeing what you think is the top of the "hill"... but for some reason you never seem to get to the top. Oh yeah, and on your way up, don't do a little dance celebrating the fact that you made it to the top... someone's probably behind you (but I don't think she saw me...) It was definitely worth the walk - I had a great time.
The next morning a group of us went kayaking around the island. We started paddling around the island when we saw some whales out in the distance. So what else was there to do except
to paddle out to sea towards them to get a better look? Of course they were so far away that you could never get close enough, but it was fun to try... And where we were at the time was where we saw the humpback whales the day before on our boat ride over, so we were kind of hoping to see some while kayaking. We stopped at Little Fitzroy Island for some lunch and a little "walk" up to the top of the island and back down - it was definitely an adventure and lots of fun. The kayaking was great and we all had a blast!
Unfortunately, after kayaking we had to go back to Cairns, where our tour officially ended. Some people left that night, and some of us that stayed went out to enjoy one last dinner together. It was hard to believe that it had really been over two weeks, but we all had such a great time on the trip. I don't think I'll ever forget this trip or the people that I met while I was on it!