Green Island Cairns Australia

Green island can be seen in the distance

Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, just 27km offshore from Cairns, and one of the most popular destinations on the Great Barrier Reef for visitors coming to Far North Queensland.

With travel time only 45 minutes by fast catamaran to Green Island, it makes for a great day out or convenient half day experience.

Green Island is home to the five star Green Island Resort.

Catarmaran that takes you over to Green Island

Ted and I caught the boat at 1030am. Cost was $98AUD for a return trip. There is an 0830am departure or 1030am. The return is 2:30pm or 4.30 pm. We met a lovely guy on the boat, a New Zealander living in Cairns.

On arriving we had went straight to the glass bottom boat. This was informative and entertaining.

View from the glass bottom boat

We have our own Finns, mask and snorkel but these can be hired on the island if you don’t have any. The water was warm which made the snorkelling even more enjoyable. Turtles, Sting Rays, little Sharks and a variety of fish can be seen.

Image of a turtle taken from website

There’s a few eateries to choose from but prior to that we had a swim in the pool and fresh water shower rinse.

A local brand beer.

Definitely take sunscreen and hat. It’s deceptive how hot the sun is even on a partly cloudy day. Ted who is pretty SunSmart looked a bit of a shade of lobster on his back later that night.

similar to shade of lobster 🦞

After lunch we went for a walk through the Green Island National Park. There’s plenty of seats and spots to stop and relax amongst the greenery or follow a path that leads to one of the many beach areas.

One of many seats to sit, stop and take it all in
One of the beach areas off one path
The path through the National Park.

There’s a marine crocodile enclosure where you can see a feed but check the times if this is something you would want to do

Croc feeding time – image from internet

And for $145AUD pp you can even go parasailing

Image from internet

After our walk through the national park we headed back to the jetty to get the boat back. Whilst sitting on the pier I was intrigued by the beauty of this seagull. so I took a photo of him.

Back on the boat we met up with the New Zealander now local Cairns man and all agreed it was a great day and worth the money for the ticket out to the island. It’s not a big island but offers a big day out.

Leaving the island
We arrived back to Cairns about 5:30 pm

I highly recommend it, if visiting Cairns Australia. I would even consider staying at the Green Island resort for a night.

Love Lucy x

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