Secret Green Island
Whale watching in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef is no secret, but surprise visits from extremely rare species are secrets to be discovered! There are only four reported white humpback whales in the world, 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 while on your way to or from Green Island.
The dazzling visual appeal of the reef and rainforest under the glorious Queensland sun is hard to overlook, but keep in mind that some of the best walks are to be had when the sun goes down. Set out on a moonlit walk to get a look at the nocturnal happenings in nature from birdlife to turtles laying eggs. Guests of the resort can be escorted on an informed tour, torches provided. The view of the night sky, out in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, is a pretty good excuse to stay up late, too.
For your next trivia night: Green Island is not actually named for its green rainforest. The story goes that in 1770, Captain James Cook marked the island on a navigational chart and named it after the ship’s astronomer, Mr Charles Green. The island, part of the traditional sea country of the Guru-Gulu Gungandji Aboriginal people, is also known by the aboriginal name ‘Wunyami’ meaning ‘a place of spirits’, or Dabuukji, ‘the place of the hole in the nose’.
Famous today for its blend of reef and rainforest, and of course Guinness World Record holder Cassius the crocodile, Green Island’s fame actually has a long, amazing history. In 1937, the world’s first glass-bottom boat was introduced, and in 1954 the first stationary underwater observatory opened.