Getting to Green Island Cairns

Getting to Green Island.  As you can see on the map, Green Island is a destination that is very accessible from Cairns in North Queensland.  Enjoy a forty-five-minute boat ride from the Cairns Marlin Jetty direct to Green Island.

First, take a flight with Jetstar, Qantas or Virgin Australia from any major cities in Australia to Cairns.

Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal

The Reef Fleet Terminal is located at number 1 Spence Street, Cairns.  Inside the Reef Fleet Terminal, you will find many desks for your Green Island Adventure tour. You will be looking for Great Adventures.

Then make your own way to the Reef Fleet Terminal for check-in before boarding the boat for a comfortable 45-minute transfer.

Alternatively, for those of you who would like to arrive in style, it is also possible to take a spectacular helicopter flight.

Also, for everyone who loves a good coffee, visit the Blu Marlin Bistro for coffee and breakfast.

Getting around

Green Island is 1.6 kilometres in circumference, which means it is effortless to cover most, if not all, of the island on foot during your day trip.

There are marked walks through the rainforest, or it is straightforward to plot your adventure.

While joining in the activities, it is possible to keep your belongings safely stored in coin-operated lockers.

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Lock your valuables away without a worry!


Don’t worry; it is possible to open your locker many times during the hire period should you need a change of accessories or a stop for refreshments.


The warm waters make it possible to visit Green Island all year round. Even during the Australian winter months of July and August.

Once you arrive, see our Green Island map to find your way around.


The average ocean water temperature ranges from 22-24 degrees Celsius. Average daily air temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius.

Several operators offer daily boat transfers to Green Island, with many different departure times each day.

Fast catamarans provide excellent travel conditions, even when the weather is a little unpleasant.

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This fast catamaran will take 45 minutes to reach the island.

Travellers who suffer from motion sickness can opt for medicinal or natural remedies; some provided complimentarily.

The short travel time makes an ideal option for visitors, particularly those who may not be entirely comfortable with sea travel, to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

Spectacular Helicopter Transfers

For those looking for a different kind of adventure, helicopter tours depart year-round.   Helicopter tours to Green Island are restricted to just five per day.

It is a great idea to book a helicopter transfer in advance.  This transfer includes a spectacular 20-minute scenic flight over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.