Green Island Highlights

Secret Green Island

Green Island highlights include Whale watching, 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, enjoy some of the best walks when the sun goes down.

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

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

In the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, the night sky view is an excellent excuse to stay up late, too.

Secret Green Island
Sunset at the Green Island Jetty

Who named Green Island?

On Sunday, 10 June 1770, Captain James Cook saw a low green woody island marked on a nautical chart and named it after its ship’s astronomer, Mr Charles Green.

Traditional Owners

The Guru-Gulu Gungandji Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of Green Island.

Green Island is also known by the aboriginal name’‘Wunya”‘,  Wunyami which means a place of spirit”.

Green Island was traditionally used as an initiation site for young Aboriginal men.

  Wunyami Cultural walking tour

  • The Wunyami  Walking Tour
  • Duration: approximately one hour
  • When: This walking tour is available in the morning and afternoon
  • Adults $29
  • Children $14.50
  • Prices are valid 1st April 2022 to 31 March 2023

About the tour.

Green Island’s traditional name is Wunyami, an ancient coral cay with a cultural background that is just as remarkable.

Learn how Green Island is tied to an ancient voyage of two ancestral story-time beings who fought and constructed the island and who continue to guard it to this day by joining Indigenous guides on the Wunyami Cultural tour.

People from the Gimuy Yidinji and the Guru Gulu Gungganji communities in Yarrabah have told their versions of this story (Cairns).

The guides will explain the symbiotic relationship between these warriors, the traditional ceremonies of these two tribes, and the connectivity of this iconic island to the ancient seascape to you as a part of a small group.

The Indigenous guides on this tour have special permission from the elders in their communities to tell this story to everyone and everyone who joins them on this journey.


Glass Bottom Boat

Gl;ass Bottom Boat

Green Island’s fame has a long, remarkable history.  In 1937 Green Island introduced the world’s first glass-bottom boat.

Next, Green Island opened the first stationary underwater observatory.

Crocodiles on Green Island

Green Island holds Guinness World Record for a giant crocodile in captivity.  The crocodile is Cassius, the crocodile a massive 5.48-metre crocodile.  You can find out more by visiting Marineland Melanesia and seeing the crocodile show while on Green Island.

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