Green Island is a coral cay located off the shores of Cairns and is a popular tourist destination in Northern Queensland. The island, a picturesque escape from the busy mainland, is located within on the Great Barrier Reef within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A coral cay, as is Green Island, is a sand island located on the surface of a coral reef. The island is surrounded by beautiful, colourful reefs full of marine life - sea turtles, rays, reef sharks and giant clams and is great for both snorkelling, scuba diving and sea walking.
Several day trips visit Green Island and allow guest to enjoy all the things the island has to offer including a semi submersible boat, a glass bottom boat, snorkelling, a crocodile park, sea walking and helicopter rides. The island is also very family friendly with change rooms, restaurants and a swimming pool to mention some, making is ideal for all types of vacationers. There is a nice walking track around the island to enjoy as well as a supervised beach for those who want to enjoy the water, or laze on the beach. For those who want a more immersive experience, there is also a 46 room resort where you can stay the night and allow yourself to be surrounded by nature.
Green Island is about 27 kilometres off the shore from Cairns, with ferries departing daily. It takes about 45 minutes to reach by boat with beautiful views of Cairns and the surrounding ocean on the short ride.. The island is home to over 120 native plant species as well as bird life and of course, the stunning surroundings of the Great Barrier Reef, making it perfect escape into nature.
*Photo courtesy of Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises