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.
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 unique combination of accessible rainforest and beach. Forget the documentaries – come and see 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 all kinds of travellers. It is regarded by generations of Cairns residents as their own tropical playground and is rich in cultural history.
2. Marineland Melanesia
See aquariums and marine artefacts, hold a baby crocodile, and meet Guinness World record holder Cassius, the world’s largest 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 daily feedings at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
There are not many experiences that 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 certainly a must-have for your Instagram page.
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. If you prefer to be closer to the water’s surface, the Snuba Doo Power Snorkelling provides a buoyancy vest and a scuba regulator mouthpiece that makes it easier to breathe than when regular snorkelling.
5. Glass Bottom Boat
If you want to stay dry and relaxed, opt for a glass-bottom boat tour. With expert commentary and fish feeding, this is a great way for all travellers to take a peek at the magical reef world below the surface. Fun fact: the world’s first glass-bottom boat was launched on Green Island way back in 1937.
If you want to get a little closer, check out the exclusive Submarine tour. As you sit below the water level in air-conditioned comfort, you will be led on a tour of the tropical wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, its marine life and colourful coral, getting an up-close diver’s experience without getting wet!
7. Aquatic Activities
Swimming in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef is a thrill in itself, but the water activities don’t stop there. Try out 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.
8. Whale Watching
During the Australian winter months of July and August, magnificent humpback whales are regularly sighted on the journey to Green Island. Some travellers can be lucky enough to sight these majestic creatures while on the way to and from Green Island. Dedicated whale watching tours can also be arranged in the waters off Green Island. Perhaps you will see local superstar Migaloo, one of only four white humpback whales in the world.
9. Rainforest on the Reef
Green Island is unique in that 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 with one of the many boardwalk trails that wind their way through the rainforested national park with a guide or lead yourself using the interpretive information. Great for a shady escape from the sun.
10. Green Island Resort
The iconic 5-star resort is the hub of the island 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.