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Things to Do on Green Island

By Viator, March 2014

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A hop, skip and a jump east of Cairns, Green Island is a coral cay covered in rainforest. The tiny island is less than 1 km across, but is part of the much larger Great Barrier Reef that runs just off the coast of Queensland. The island is a protected Marine National Park and is a tropical paradise.

The big draw for Green Island is its natural beauty. White sand beaches, lush forest and stunning underwater vistas are only the beginning. Brilliant corals, fish in a rainbow of colors, turtles, starfish, giant clams and anemones make their home on the reef surrounding the island. As part of the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is World Heritage listed and has been declared a World Heritage site.

Getting to Green Island

There are numerous ways to get to Green Island from Cairns. A cruise to Green Island is far and away the most popular option, leaving from Cairns to spend 4-5 hours on Green Island, alternatively half-day cruises spend 2 hours on the island. Combo and multi-day tours allow visitors to see more sights or spend longer on the island, or a helicopter trip to the island offers a unique vantage point.

On Land

The Green Island Resort is a five star resort and the only place to stay on the island. Day visitors can also experience the best the resort has to offer. A swimming pool, beach lounges and shops provide a more relaxed entertainment whilst walking tracks through the national park showcase the tropical rainforest.

On the Water

Just as the Green Island Resort opens up its on-land facilities for day trippers, visitors also have the use of canoes, surf skis and sailboards. Take a canoe over the shallow sea and take a close-up view of the corals and fish without getting wet. You might even spot a turtle. For a little less effort, try a glass-bottom boat trips over the reef.

Under the Water

The big attraction of course on an island in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is what lies under the waves. The reef surrounding Green Island is plentiful and pristine, and best from in the water. Snorkeling and diving are popular activities on Green Island a sea-walking tour is a unique experience.

Contributed by Lindsey Hodder

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