I have a surprise for you today :-) Imagine a tropical island with pristine crystal clear sheltered waters, coral beaches, lush rainforest and absolutely stunning landscapes... Hope you are ready for our little tropical getaway? You are? Cool! Just make sure you take these with you:
i... wskakujemy na prom odpływający z przystani w Cairns! Po 45 minutach jesteśmy na wyspie, nieźle, co? Australijskie tropiki to też tropikalne wyspy. Niedaleko Cairns znajduje się przepiękna wyspa Fitzroy, bo właśnie tam Was zabieram :-)
... and we're good to go! Our tropical island is actually a stone's throw away from Cairns approx. a 45-minute ferry ride! Not bad, heh? ;) So let's hop on that ferry and go to unbelievably beautiful Fitzroy Island!
|Prom na wyspę odpływa 3 razy dziennie.|
The ferry to Fitzroy Island leaves from the Cairns Marina 3 times a day.
Ja spędziłam na Fitzroy zaledwie dzień, ale równie dobrze można się tam zatrzymać na dłużej w pięknym ośrodku albo pod namiotem. Muszę przyznać, że jak prom dobił do wyspy, nie wiedziałam od czego zacząć.
I visited Fitzroy for a day but you can also stay overnight at the resort or the campsite.
|Oficjalna strona: http://www.fitzroyisland.com/|
Fitzroy Island official site: http://www.fitzroyisland.com/
Check it out - the island has it all from heavenly coral/sandy beaches alongside with a fringing reef and walking tracks to a tropical rainforest... Well, as it was still early and I was feeling a bit hungry, I decided to make my way to the resort and have a brekkie first...
|Ośrodek na Fitzroy|
Fitzroy Island Resort
|Ośrodek na Fitzroy|
Fitzroy Island Resort
After my delicious and filling breakfast I had enough energy to explore what this island had to offer...
|Koral zamiast piasku? hmmm... Wielka Rafa Koralowa musi być gdzieś blisko!|
Coral pieces instead of sand? Hmmm.... the Great Barrier Reef must be really close!
|Na wyspie można wypożyczyć kajak.|
You can hire a kayak on the island.
|Wędrówka szlakami na wyspie oferuje bajeczne widoki na Morze Koralowe.|
You can admire stunning views of the Coral Sea while trekking on Fitzroy.
|Pozdrawiam ze szczytu!|
Yipee! I made it!
|Moje ulubione paprotki - łosie rogi lub inaczej płaskla: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C5%82askla.|
Staghorn or elk horn - my fav fern: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platycerium.
I felt very happy when I spotted a lace monitor goanna while walking on Fitzroy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lace_monitor). I had seen lace monitor goannas in the wild before on my lonely hiking trips in the tropical rainforest near Kuranda. They are one of the biggest reptiles in Australia. When you encounter one, it usually tends to run away from you but I'd recommend you keep your distance no matter how shy they might seem to you. Goannas can run very fast, climb trees easily and are also excellent swimmers.
|Wyspę zamieszkują też papugi kakadu.|
Cockatoos are residens of Fitzroy Island too.
Fitzroy's Nudey Beach is definitely one of the most amazing beaches I have ever seen in my life. You can get there following a very pleasant walking track leading through the rainforest.
|Nudey Beach - hmmm i wcale nie trzeba się było rozbierać do naguska... LOL|
Nudey not nude - hmmmm... you don't have to take all of your clothes off on the beach... unless you really want to... lol
|Prawda, że plaża Nudey jest niebiańska?|
Isn't Nudey Beach heavenly?
Fitzroy Island is surrounded by a wonderful fringing reef which is pretty shallow but abundant in lots of various species of colourful fish, countless amounts of hard and soft coral and many other sea creatures.
Taking about turtles, Fitzroy hosts Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which is run by volunteers. The Centre helps injured sea turtles and you can visit it while on the island. I'd suggest you book your tour right after you step your foot on the island as the tours are really popular. The proceeds from the tours go to helping these wonderful sea creatures (the tour only costs about $5 per person).
|Oficjalna strona centrum na FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Our-SeaTurtles/308458645861723?fref=ts. Polubcie ich na facebooku, zobaczcie, jak pomagają tym ślicznym stworzeniom :-)|
The Centre's official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Our-SeaTurtles/308458645861723?fref=ts. Please 'like' it and check out what a great job the volunteers do to help our marine life :-)
I loved it at the Centre. I had no idea there are SO many species of sea turtles to start with! Also, I had never seen a sea turtle from up close! They are magnificent animals, check them out guys:
|Jeden z pacjentów centrum. |
One of the centre's patients.
I am posting a few pictures which I downloaded from the Centre's Facebook page. Bob Irwin, Steve's father, visited them not long ago. In fact, I had the honour of meeting Bob in person prior to that when he showed up in Cairns to chair a meeting of North Queensland Crocodile Protection Society which protects our local crocodiles. What a charismatic and warm-hearted man! After meeting him, it became clear to me who Steve took after in terms of his passion for wildlife.
|"Dla wszystkich przyjaciół Steve'a i Boba w Polsce. Z najlepszymi pozdrowieniami, Bob Irwin" |
"To all Steve's and Bob's friends in Poland I wish you all the best. Regards, Bob Irwin"
Check out this one happy looking ex-patient of the Centre which was returned to Mother Nature :-)
|Popatrzcie tylko jaki szczęśliwy żółwik! |
One happy turtle!
I finished my visit to Fitzroy Island by popping into Foxy's Bar where I treated myself to a glass of cold XXXX. Absolutely priceless!
|Orzeźwiająca szklanka australijskiego piwka XXXX na koniec dnia była miłym akcentem ;)|
A glass of chilled Australian brewed XXXX was a great idea :-)
To be honest with you, I didn't want to leave Fitzroy. Wished I could have stayed longer... but I know I will be back many more times for sure!