Green Island half-day tour and Cairns city sights

Green Island’s half-day tour is a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a 45-minute boat ride from the Queensland Cairns.  Combined with Cairns City Sightseeing Tours featuring Cairns Waterfalls, St Monica’s Cathedral, Cairns Botanical Gardens and Palm Cove.

Green Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 

This 12-hectare sand cay has some of the most diverse plant life of all the Great Barrier Reef coral cays.

Uniquely rainforested and surrounded by white sandy beaches, magnificent coral reefs, and abundant marine life.  Turtles are regularly sighted from the beach.  Green Island is home to 35 species of seabirds.

Green Island is included in snorkelling gear or a glass-bottom boat tour. Enjoy a comfortable boat ride to Green Island.

Travel time to Green Island is 45 minutes from Cairns. Passengers can pick up a map and discover the rainforest on Green Island, circumnavigate the island, and have beautiful beaches.

The friendly crew will help you organise your activities to make the most of your time on Green Island.

Cairns City Sightseeing Tours – PM

Cairns City Sightseeing tours include picking you up from your accommodation and showing you around our delightful city.

St Monica’s Cathedral showcases beautiful stained glass windows. The display of God’s creation, heaven and earth, and the peace window

Take a few moments of solitude to enjoy the history of the cathedral.

Next, we will visit the Cairns Museum for a 20-minute guided talk and hear the history of tropical life in North Queensland.

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, followed by a guided walkthrough of the spectacular and lush Cairns Botanical Gardens.

Moving on, we will stop at the Cairns lookout for a scenic view of Cairns city and surrounding suburbs.  A great photo opportunity. We are following on to see the Cairns Barron River Falls and Surprise Creek Falls.

After that, we will move to the delightful seaside village of Palm Cove.  This beach is lined with giant Melaleuca trees on one side of the road and palm trees on the other.

Looking for more Green Island packages? Click here to see our Kuranda Train and Skyrail package.

Next, discover more fantastic things to do on Green Island.



  • Green Island
  • Cairns City highlights
  • Spend a Day at Green Island with its sparkling blue water and pristine white sandy beaches.
  • Explore Cairns CBD at your own pace in the morning, then join a guided tour in the afternoon to visit Cairns City highlights such as the Cairns Museum, St Monica’s Cathedral, and the Botanical Gardens

Green Island

  • Cruise to Green Island aboard a modern catamaran.
  • Departs Cairns at 8.30 am, and departs Green Island at 4.30 pm.
  • Choice of Snorkelling Gear or Glass Bottom Boat tour.
  • Snorkelling demonstration and reef presentation en route to Green Island.
  • Select “Both Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkel Gear” if you wish to have both of these options.

Cairns City Tour

  • Pick up at the Reef Fleet Terminal at 12.45 pm.
  • Air-conditioned coaches.
  • Visit Cairns’s many spectacular locations.
  • Return transfer to accommodation

Lunch at own expense.

  • Floatation Vests
  • Lycra Suits
  • Boat Snorkel Trips
  • Marineland Melanesia
  • Helicopter Scenic Flights (subject to availability on the day)

What to bring for Cairns Green Island

  • Swimming costume, beach towel and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, Hat and comfortable shoes
  • Money for souvenirs, drinks and optional extras
  • Smile

For the Green Island Tour, you will need to check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your scheduled departure. As departure times vary depending on your selected day, please ensure you check your travel vouchers.

For the Cairns City tour, pickup at the Reef Fleet Terminal is included.

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Green Island Half Day Tour

Green Island Eco Adventure

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


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Cairns City Tour

Cairns City Tour

Discover Cairns on our half-day Cairns city tour