About Green Island, a tropical paradise in Queensland, Australia

About Green Island

Green Island, nestled within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is a captivating destination with natural beauty and rich biodiversity.  Here are some interesting facts about this tropical paradise:

Marine Life Diversity

Green Island is home to diverse marine life, including colourful coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, and rays.  Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts flock to its crystal-clear waters to explore this wonderland.

Lush Rainforest

Green Island rainforest

The island is adorned with lush rainforest vegetation, providing a serene backdrop for visitors to enjoy nature walks and wildlife spotting.  Watch for native bird species and butterflies fluttering among the trees.

Historical Significance

Green Island has a rich history dating back centuries, with Indigenous Australians known to have visited the island for fishing and gathering purposes.  European explorers and settlers also made their mark on the island, leaving remnants of their presence behind.

Marine Conservation Efforts

As part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Green Island is subject to strict conservation measures to protect its delicate ecosystem.  Visitors can learn about ongoing conservation efforts and the importance of preserving this natural treasure for future generations.

Adventure Activities

Besides snorkelling and diving, various adventure activities include glass-bottom boat tours, kayaking, and helicopter rides.  Thrill-seekers can indulge in adrenaline-pumping experiences while soaking in the island’s breathtaking scenery.

Relaxation and Leisure

Green Island Cairns

For those seeking relaxation, Green Island boasts pristine sandy beaches where visitors can unwind and soak up the tropical sunshine.  Enjoy a leisurely picnic, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply lounge by the water’s edge and admire the panoramic views.

With its blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and recreational opportunities, Green Island promises an unforgettable experience for travellers seeking to explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Visiting Green Island

How to get to Green Island

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Green Island, a breathtaking oasis nestled amidst the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.  Its lush rainforest, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life beckon travellers to immerse themselves in its natural splendour.  It offers endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation, whether snorkelling in the azure waters, exploring the island’s walking trails, or simply basking in the sun on its sandy shores.  Join us as we uncover the treasures of this tropical paradise and experience the magic of Green Island.

Green Island FAQ’s

Q. When Should I Visit Green Island?

A.  It is always a good time to visit—Tropical Island, with its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and tropical climate.  Start planning today!

Q. Where is Green Island located?

A.  It is in north-east Queensland, Australia.  Twenty-seven kilometres off the coast from Cairns, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.  Visitors can catch a ferry every day from Cairns Marlin Marina.  Geolocation: -16.759565° N, 145.97343° E

Q. How old is Green Island?

A.  This sand cay was formed approximately 6000 years ago from waves depositing coral and sand onto its coral foundations.

Q. What is Green Island?

A. a coral sand cay with tropical rainforest in the centre of this island.

Q. Is Green Island in Australia?

A.  Yes, it is in North Queensland, Australia.  Departures to this island are from Cairns.  For more information, see our page on getting to Green Island.

Q. How Large is Green Island?

A.  150,000 m2 A.  At the last census in 2016, 25 people were recorded as living on Green Island.

Q. What is Green Island's Postcode?

A.  4870

Where to eat

While the island is relatively small, several dining options are still available.  Here are a few places to eat.

  1. Emeralds Restaurant: This is the main restaurant on the island.  It serves a variety of cuisines, including seafood, steak, and vegetarian options.  The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with views of the ocean.
  2. Canopy Grill: This casual outdoor eatery is near the island’s pool and serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads.  It’s an excellent option for a quick and simple lunch.
  3. Lite Bites: This small cafe is located near the beach and serves light snacks, coffee, and ice cream.
  4. Reflections Pool Bar: This bar is located near the resort’s pool and serves cocktails, beer, and light snacks.

Just to let you know, the dining options may be limited, so it’s a good idea to plan and make reservations if possible.

About Green Island: Emerald’s Restaurant

  • Breakfast: 7 am to 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 to 5:30
  • Dinner: 6 pm to close
  • Delicious five-star dining, catering for all dietary requirements

Lite Bites

  • Open from 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Barista coffee and ice cream, snacks, and drinks.

Canopy Grill

Canopy Grill Green Island

Available from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Reflections Pool Bar

Reflections Pool Bar


  • Open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., fully licenced.
  • Resort guests enjoy their pool, perfect for relaxing on a deck chair and refreshing swims.


Green Island dining map

Embark on an unforgettable day trip to Green Island, a pristine paradise within the Great Barrier Reef.  Join us as we whisk you away on a journey of discovery, where you can snorkel among vibrant coral gardens, stroll along sandy beaches, and explore lush rainforest trails.  With convenient day trips available, experiencing the natural beauty of Green Island has never been easier.  Join us for a day filled with adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable memories on Green Island.

Marineland Melanesia is an iconic attraction nestled on the picturesque Green Island.  Here, visitors have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of marine life and Melanesian culture.  From vibrant displays of tropical fish to captivating exhibitions showcasing traditional artefacts, Marineland Melanesia offers a one-of-a-kind experience for travellers of all ages.  Explore the wonders of the underwater world, witness feeding sessions with marine creatures, and learn about the rich history and heritage of the Melanesian people.  With its blend of education and entertainment, Marineland Melanesia is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Green Island.


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