Green Island Top 10 Attractions

A trip to Green Island wouldn’t be complete without seeing the top 10 attractions.  Make sure to tick these top things to see and do on Green Island off your list.

  1. Green Island

The number one attraction is The Island itself!  You can’t pass up the chance to visit, given its proximity to the mainland at Cairns and the unique combination of accessible rainforest and beach. 

Forget the documentaries – come and see the Great Barrier Reef environmental realities for yourself at this famous island – the only coral cay island with rainforest on the Great Barrier Reef.

The location, terrain and amenities make it an ideal attraction for visitors.      Generations of Cairns residents as their tropical playground and is rich in cultural history.

Top 10 Attractions on Green Island
Green Island Ariel View


2.  Marineland Melanesia

See aquariums and marine artefacts, hold a baby crocodile, and meet Guinness World record holder Cassius, the world’s most enormous captive crocodile at 5.5 metres and over 110 years old.  See the star attraction up close at this family-owned gem by catching one of Marineland Melanesia’s daily feedings at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

3.  Seawalker

Not many experiences can top taking a walk on the seafloor of the Great Barrier Reef!  Let the Seawalker team set you up with a helmet and guide you on tour 5 metres below the surface.

This is a fun and safe activity for swimmers and non-swimmers and is undoubtedly a must-have for your Instagram page.

Top 10 Attractions on Green Island
Seawalker Helmet Diving

4.  Snuba Doo

Green Island is ready to raise the stakes in Reef snorkelling and diving experiences with the Snuba Diving shallow water diving system.  With no heavy equipment and air tanks that float on the surface, travellers can venture up to 3 metres under the sea.

Suppose you prefer to be closer to the water’s surface.  In that case, the Snuba Doo Power Snorkelling provides a buoyancy vest and a scuba regulator mouthpiece that makes it easier to breathe than when doing regular snorkelling.

5.  Glass Bottom Boat

glass bottom boat

Opt for a glass-bottom boat tour to stay dry and relaxed.  With expert commentary and fish feeding, this is an excellent way for all travellers to peek at the magical Reef world below the surface.

Green Island Fun factFun fact: In 1937, the world’s first glass-bottom boat was launched on Green Island.

6. Green Island Jetty 

Green Island Jetty is renowned for its vibrant marine ecosystem, making it a haven for snorkelling enthusiasts.

7.  Aquatic Activities

Swimming in the Great Barrier Reef waters is a thrill, but the water activities don’t stop there.  Try kayaking, surf skiing or windsurfing to show your expertise or learn a new skill.  For a little more adrenalin, take to the skies with parasailing.

Top 10 Attractions on Green Island
Snorkel Activity

8.  Whale Watching

During July and August, magnificent humpback whales pass by Green Island during the Australian winter months.  Some travellers can be lucky enough to see these majestic creatures on the  Green Island ferry.

Next, Book a whale-watching tour in the waters off Green Island.  Perhaps you will see local superstar Migaloo, one of only four white humpback whales worldwide.

9.  Rainforest on the Reef

Green Island is unique because it gives you two world wonders in one visit!  After marvelling at the Reef, take a few steps – really, just a few steps – to enter the lush rainforest.

The low, forested atoll makes access to the rainforest convenient for travellers.  Wander easily along one of the many boardwalk trails that wind through the rainforested national park with a guide or lead yourself using the interpretive information.  Great for a shady escape from the sun.  Discover more information on our Eco tour.

Green Island Rainforest
Self-guided Rainforest Board Walk

10.  Green Island Resort

The iconic 5-star resort is the island’s hub and provides entertaining and luxury escapes for travellers from near and far.

Day visitors can access sections open to the general public for refreshments and water sports.

Join generations of Australians who have popped over to Green Island on a day trip for ice cream, or plan your visit to include breakfast, lunch or dinner at the resort to celebrate a special occasion.

For those seeking more exclusivity and luxury, book a stay in a tropical suite with tropical themes, timber furnishings and a balcony framing your view of paradise.

Green Island Resort
Pool Courtyard

Green Island