Green Island Cairns, a Great Barrier Reef Coral Cay

Green Island Cairns is a 6,000-year-old coral cay located 27 kilometres (17 miles) off the coast of Cairns. This National Park is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage area.

Escape to paradise—a quick 45-minute boat ride to a beautiful tropical Island.

Things to do on Green Island

Explore over 12 hectares of a tropical island during your stay. Then relax on a sandy beach, discover the rainforest via the boardwalk, or discover marine life snorkelling under the jetty – the choice is yours.

While visiting Green Island, explore the coral Reef surrounding the Island on a glass-bottom boat tour.

Ramp up the adventure and take a scenic helicopter flight or explore the waters around Green Island Cairns with a Seawalker helmet or on an introductory scuba dive.

More things to do

  • Take the self-guided interpretive walk through the rainforest
  •  dip in the pool
  • enjoy a massage

Ideal for families, couples, groups and charters, Green Island has various tours and activities to suit everyone.

Choose a day tour

Visit Marineland Melanesia

Marineland Melanesia is the home of the largest crocodile in captivity in the world.   Watch a crocodile show, including Cassius. The crocodile is 5.5 metres.   Crocodile shows are held every day at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.   As well as watching giant crocodiles feed, you can hold a baby crocodile.

  • Melanesian tribal artifacts
  • aquarium with tropical fish and coral

Where to eat on Green Island

  •  Lite Bites
  • Treat yourself to ice creams, shakes and snack foods.
  • Canopy Grill is a casual cafe with hot dogs, hamburgers and chips.
  • Reflections Pool Bar enjoys snacks, drinks, barista coffee and cocktails
  • Emeralds Restaurant and Bar has elegant dining and delicious meals featuring outdoor or air-conditioned dining options.

Green Island map

Green Island Map

What to bring to Green Island

  • Hat;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Beach towel;
  • Swimming costume;
  • Comfortable walking shoes;
  • Lycra suit (available for hire on Green Island); and
  • Bring along extra money for drinks, souvenirs and optional activities.


Green Island Resort 

Book to stay at the beautiful Green Island Resort

 Stay the night at Green Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by rainforest and white sandy beaches.

Fill your days with adventure and relaxation. Dive, snorkel, windsurf, tour the Great Barrier Reef, explore the Island or indulge in the resort’s luxury.

Guests have a wide range of activities to choose from – especially after dusk when the day visitors depart, and the Island is all yours.

Green Island boasts a 46-room resort, so you can explore and enjoy your holiday while relaxing in luxury accommodations. Once the day visitors depart, the Island becomes your private haven.

The vessel transfers you from Cairns to Green Island in just 45 minutes. On arrival, personally, one of the resort team will take you on a quick tour before checking you into your suite.

Now it is time to relax and explore the Island. Enjoy a bite to eat, swim in the Coral Sea, snorkel or catch the sun whilst relaxing on the beach.

Wander to the jetty and see the fish feeding before enjoying complimentary sunset drinks on the beach in the afternoon.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Emeralds Restaurant or relax and order room service.

Once the sun goes down, grab your torch from your room and join the stargazing night tour.

After checkout, you can still enjoy all the resort and the Island facilities until your departure.


  • Return catamaran transfers
  • Luxury accommodation
  • 24-hour reception
  • Snorkelling
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Complimentary sunset drinks
  • Fish feeding
  • Stargazing tour
  • Windsurfing
  • Canoe and kayaks hire
  • Sun lounges


What to Bring

A small to medium overnight bag with personal items.

  • Clothes,
  • toiletries,
  • hat,
  • swimming costume,
  • sunscreen,
  • sunglasses,
  • medication if needed.
  • something warm to wear for the evenings,
  • cash or credit card for purchases
  • camera.

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