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  • Address: Green Island National Park, Green Island 4871, Australia
Marooned off the coast of Cairns in north Queensland, Green Island is a tropical paradise of lush rainforest, white sandy beaches, and crystalline waters. The idyllic island is part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and harbors an extraordinary variety of coral reefs, exotic fish, and marine life.

The Basics
As one of the most easily accessible islands in the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is a popular choice for day-trippers from nearby Cairns. The Green Island resort offers everything you need to explore the island’s underwater wonders, whether you fly in by seaplane or sail out across the reef. As well as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and seawalker helmet tours, there are island reef cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, and semi-submarine excursions, the latter of which offer the chance to peek under the ocean without having to dive in.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temperatures can reach upwards of 86°F (30°C) in summer, so pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as a swimsuit and towel.
  • Follow the rules to avoid damaging the coral or disturbing The Great Barrier Reef, a protected conservation area.
  • Facilities at the Green Island Resort include showers, changing rooms, lockers, a bar and restaurant, and free WiFi.
  • The Green Island Resort has wheelchair access, but not all activities are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
Located around 16.5 miles (27 kilometers) from the mainland, the coral cay of Green Island is only accessible by boat or air. Most visitors travel to Green Island from Cairns, about a 45-minute cruise by schooner, catamaran, or charter boat. The quickest way to arrive on the island is by helicopter or seaplane, while passenger ferries set sail from the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns.

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit the Green Island National Park is during the dry season (April to September), when the weather is cooler and less humid, while in wet season (October to March) visitors can expect temperatures to average 86°F (30°C). It’s possible to visit year-round, but note that the island is occasionally inaccessible due to high winds or cyclonic activity.

The Underwater World of Green Island
Green Island’s platform reef offers more than 1,854 acres (710 hectares) of coral reef to explore. Its rainbow of corals include staghorn, plate, boulder, and mushroom corals. Look out for green and hawksbill sea turtles, dugong, giant clams, and sea urchins, as well as a spectacular variety of exotic fish, crabs, and starfish.

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Green Island Half-Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, null
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Green Island Half-Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the tropical paradise of Green Island on a half day trip from Cairns. Enjoy around two hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef island with time to ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.06
Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Snorkeling
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Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

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Swim, snorkel or dive in the pristine waters off Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns, sail to the island in style on a two-mast schooner and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.28
Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise, Cairns & the Tropical North, Sailing ... 
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Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise

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Travel by scenic helicopter to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. As you fly from Cairns, take in the views of the rainforest and the magnificent colors ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $360.39
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical ... 
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Combine a full day trip to Green Island with a 40 minute reef hopper scenic flight – all in one day.

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $215.94
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo Experience, Cairns & the ... 
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo Experience

Explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip to Green Island from Cairns, including an amazing and easy experience with Snuba SNUBA® or SNUBA ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.22
Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Reef, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Trips
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Reef

During your stay in Cairns take a memorable ATV adventure tour into the rainforest that will leave you breathless. On this tour you will enjoy the beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.94
Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island Tour, Cairns & the ... 
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Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island Tour

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Spend the morning getting a taste of the Great Barrier Reef traveling to the magical Green Island enjoying its unique reef environment; Then spend the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.83
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Snorkel Tour Experience, Cairns & the Tropical ... 
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Snorkel Tour Experience

Spend a day on Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll ride a luxury catamaran to Green Island on this day trip from Cairns, and have the option to take ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.67
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Trips
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 506 Reviews

Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.06
Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Cruises
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Looking for some adventure in paradise? Get high in the sky on a tandem sky dive over Cairns with spectacular bird's-eye views of the Great Barrier Reef and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.89

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