Green Island and Cairns Aquarium

Are you ready for a day of aquatic adventure and exploration in the tropical paradise of Cairns, Australia? Our Green Island and Cairns Aquarium Tour Package perfectly blends natural beauty and underwater wonders. Let’s dive into the details of this unforgettable experience:

Green Island Adventure:  Morning or all-day 

Departure: Your day begins with an early departure from Cairns Marina. Board a comfortable catamaran and set sail towards Green Island, located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Island Arrival: You’ll arrive at Green Island after a scenic cruise. Crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs surround this idyllic coral cay.

Snorkeling: Don your snorkeling gear and explore the underwater world. Encounter colourful fish, coral gardens, and perhaps even sea turtles as you snorkel in the reef’s stunning marine ecosystem.

This Green Island and Cairns Aquarium package is an exceptional Great Barrier Reef experience. You will learn much about the Great Barrier Reef and its ecosystem in two days.

Starting with a day at Green Island, you will have the chance to see the corals and marine life of the reef before returning to Cairns.  Then, you will visit the Cairns Aquarium to marvel at many species you may not have seen on the island.

This Green Island and Cairns Aquarium tour package can be done in any order that suits you, and you do not need to do it in one day.

Green Island, Great Barrier Reef

White sandy beaches surround Green Island with lush tropical rainforests and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!  What better way to get there and experience this than with the Green Island Reef Cruise?   On a glass-bottom boat tour or snorkel to see the fringing reef.  Or laze on the white, sandy beach.  Green Island offers various activities to suit all abilities and is ideal for non-swimmers.

Green Island is within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Relax On a Tropical Island

Stroll through a magical rainforest, laze on white coral sand beaches, swim, dive, or snorkel.

There is a wide range of optional activities to experience on Green Island.  Scuba dive, join a snorkel excursion, and even walk underwater with Seawalker helmet diving.

Cairns Aquarium

  1. Cairns Aquarium: Head to the Cairns Aquarium, a world-class facility that showcases the incredible biodiversity of Australia’s rainforests and oceans.
  2. Aquatic Exploration: Explore the aquarium’s diverse exhibits, including the Reef Tunnel, where you can walk beneath the waters of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet. Encounter marine life like sharks, rays, and colourful reef fish up close.
  3. Rainforest Encounters: Discover the mysteries of the rainforest with exhibits featuring reptiles, insects, and other creatures that call the tropical forests of Queensland home.

Next, see other fantastic things to do on Green Island




Choice of departure times from Cairns and Green Island!

Travel time to Green Island is approximately 45 minutes.

  • Departs           8:30        10:30
  • Arrival             9.20        11:20
GREEN ISLAND to cairns
  • Departs           14:30         16:30
  • Arrival             15:20          17:20
  • 09:30 + 13:00 River Monsters presentation.
  • 10:00 + 13:30 Reptile Encounter. Touch and Talk presentation.
  • 10:30 + 14:00 Denizens Of The Deep presentation.
  • 11:00 Shark and Ray Feeding presentation.
  • 15:00 Life of Sharks and Ray’s presentation.
  • 11:30 + 16:00 Curious and Coloured presentation.
  • ALL DAY Marine touch and talk.
  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Up to 7 hours on Green Island
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self-Guided Eco Walk
  • Choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour OR use of Snorkelling Equipment
  • Island swimming pool exclusive for Great Adventures guests
  • Day visitor facilities.

Flooded Billabongs

Home to our Freshwater Sawfish, the iconic Barramundi, and Whiptail Ray.

The Rainforest

A rainforest inside an Aquarium?!  Spot our Tropical Snakes, Emerald tree Monitors, and Frogs living in the jungle.

The Mangroves

Learn about the fascinating biodiversity of the mangrove habitat.

Then find baby crocs while you stroll along the boardwalk!

Great Barrier Reef

Take in the sheer expanse and beauty of Australia’s only 10-metre Deep Reef Tank!

Coral Sea

Immerse yourself in the 20-metre Underwater Viewing Tunnel.  Cairns Aquarium features a 360° view Oceanarium.

  • Lunch from several different casual outlets and Emerald’s Restaurant.
  • Scuba Diving
  • Helmet Diving
  • Flotation Vests and Lycra Suits
  • Scenic Helicopter Tour
  • Coach Transfers from Cairns Business Area or Northern Beaches
  • Coffee, morning and afternoon tea are all available at Dundees Restaurant
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Reef friendly sunscreen
  • Cash and credit card for souvenirs, snacks etc.

Check in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns, for your cruise to Green Island.

Cairns aquarium

Then visit the Cairns Aquarium on Florence Street in Cairns city between Lake and Abbott Streets.

Please note that this bundle needs to be done on 2 separate days.

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Green Island Half Day Tour

Green Island Eco Adventure

0830-1630: Standard

FULL DAY (~7 hours Island Time) - Depart marina 8:30am - Depart Green Island 4:30pm



Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium - General Admission

Last admission is as 2.30 pm