Green Island Highlights

Secret Green Island

Green Island highlights include Whale watching and regular turtle sightings, and a host of birdlife and fauna.

Whale Watching

There are only four reported white humpback whales globally, and one of them, Migaloo, likes to drop by for surprise visits in the waters off Green Island.

You might be one of the lucky travellers to spot Migaloo, the famous white whale. While on your way to or from Green Island.

Green Island Walks

Green Island highlights include the dazzling visual appeal of the reef and rainforest.

After Dark, keep some of the best walks are to be had when the sun goes down.

Then Set out on a moonlit walk to get a look at the nocturnal happenings in nature, from birdlife to turtles laying eggs.

Green Island Resort guests can enjoy a guided torch-lit walk.

Out in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, the night sky view is a pretty good excuse to stay up late, too.

Secret Green Island
Sunset at the Green Island Jetty

Who named Green Island?

In 1770, Captain James Cook marked the island on a navigational chart and named it after the ship’s astronomer, Mr Charles Green.

Traditional Owners

The Traditional owners of Green Island, part of the traditional sea country of the Guru-Gulu Gungandji Aboriginal people.

Green Island is also known by the aboriginal name ‘Wunyami’.  The name Wunyami meaning a place of spirits’, or Dabuukji, ‘the place of the hole in the nose’.

Glass Bottom Boat

Green Island’s fame actually has a long, amazing history. First, in 1937, when the world’s first glass-bottom boat was introduced.

Next, Green Island opened the first stationary underwater observatory.

Crocodiles on Green Island

Green Island also holds Guinness World Record for the largest crocodile in captivity.  The crocodile is Cassius, the crocodile a massive 5.48-metre crocodile.

While you are visiting Green Island, stop by Marineland Melanesia to see a crocodile show.

Don’t miss out on any of Green Island events. See our Green Islands what’s on-page.