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Fitzroy Island Resort to undergo multi-million dollar refurbishment

Fitzroy Island Resort will undergo a $2.5 million refurbishment and expand its Great Barrier Reef experiences to include diving and sunset cruises.

Fitzroy Island Resort’s 106 rooms are being refurbished to complement the island’s four event spaces, the Welcome Bay Room, Foxy’s Bar & Grill, Poolside and Zephyr Restaurant.

The Resort can be configured as a unique off-site venue for up to 500 people or an on-site venue with accommodation for up to 250 people.

Managing Director Doug Gamble said it was an exciting period of growth for Fitzroy Island Resort.

“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,” he said.

Fitzroy Island Resort has also added a catamaran to its fleet and purchased a half share in the Cairns Dive Centre operations on the island.

The locally-owned company has also bought a 50 per cent share of the Cairns Dive Centre operations on the island and will work with co-owner Peter Boundy, to offer fresh Great Barrier Reef experiences.

“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,” said Gamble.

“Cairns is undergoing a solid period of growth with major investment in tourism infrastructure, so the timing is right for our company to invest in the future and ensure Fitzroy Island Resort continues to excite the marketplace.”

Fitzroy Island is just a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns city. The island is also home to a national park with rainforest walks, a summit hike to the lighthouse and a a volunteer-run turtle rehabilitation centre.

The resort is also a strong supporter of the Reef Restoration Foundation with the establishment of the Great Barrier Reef’s first offshore coral nursery in the island’s waters.

Glen Macdonald, who previously managed Fitzroy island resort for six years, has been appointed chief executive officer; while general manager Tim Moloney will continue to manage the resort and lead its management team.

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