Green Island

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Situated on Australia's beautiful Great Barrier Reef just 45 minutes off shore from Cairns, Green Island is a small coral cay of 15 hectares surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and one of Australia's premier environmental heritage sites.

Pre-settlement, Green Island was frequented as an aboriginal fishing ground and ceremonial site used in male rite of passage rituals. The island was named after Captain Cook's Chief Astronomer, Charles Green in 1770 yet was not colonised until 1857 when a cucumber smoking station was established. In the late 1800's infrequent recreational cruises were chartered to Green Island before the first scheduled ferry service was established in 1924. The island was declared a National Park in the mid 30's, just prior to the establishment of guest house accommodation. In the 60's Marineland was opened, followed by the launch of the world's first island movie theatre, The Barrier Reef Theatre.

Since then, Green Island has continued to grow, evolving a strong environmental protection program. Today, the island boasts an eco-friendly resort, sewage treatment plant, desalination plant and crocodile farm, aquarium and museum.


Green Island accommodation has been acclaimed for its sensitive balance between the needs of visitors and the protection of a unique environment. It boats the most exclusive and ecologically harmonious resort lodging on the reef.

This Queensland Island accommodation features numerous luxurious suites nestled amid lush rainforest. One of the hallmarks of Green Island Resort is its unique reef and rainforest setting; it's the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest.

Guests can choose from Island and Reef Suites, which are elegantly appointed and feature private balconies with either rainforest or pool views. These suites are secluded from the day visitor facilities and ensure your privacy. Green Island resort accommodation is the perfect place to stay and relax on your next island getaway, allowing you to enjoy all the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Book Green Island Accommodation with TravelOnline

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Diving: Explore the Great Barrier Reef beneath the waves with the helped of qualified diving instructors. These approved PADI Diving courses offer beginners a fully supervised diving experience, starting with a thorough briefing and practice in the swimming pool before heading out into the reef to discover the reef and its amazing marine life. Certified divers are also welcome to join the group and enjoy the specially selected sites.

Oiled Massage Salon: Choose to be pampered by an experienced massage technician in the Oiled Massage Salon. Boasting natural aromatic timbers, mood lighting and relaxing music, all products used derive from elements of the ocean & are completely environmentally friendly. If you'd prefer to be pampered in your room or poolside, bookings are available by appointment. Indulge in a range of beauty therapies including facial treatments, hand & foot massages and hot stone, holistically healing mind, body & soul.

Marineland Melanesia Aquarium, Museum & Crocodile Habitat: Home to Australia's largest captive crocodile, Marineland Melanesia also houses the world's largest collection of Melanesian tribal artefacts and aquariums. Running crocodile shows twice daily, including baby croc encounters, Green Island's crocodile Cassius is 110 years old and 5.48 metres in length.

Snorkelling: Snorkelling on Green Island is free, encouraging guests to pop on some gear and explore the corals and marine life found just a few metres from shore. Boat trips out into the reef are also available for those interested in adventure snorkelling.

Rainforest Walks: Self-guided walks through Green Island's lush rainforest are readily accessible and exciting as you discover the vibrant wildlife and plant species that call the island home.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour: The Glass Bottom Boat 'Coral Explorer' guides guests out on to the reef, offering unique insight into the beauty below the waves for those who'd prefer to keep dry. These tours are accompanied by informative commentary and depart several times daily.

Parasailing: Experience Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef from an entirely unique perspective as you enjoy the thrill of Parasailing.