How long is the walk around Green Island?

How long is the walk around Green Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/06/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Walk around this beautiful rainforest island to get incredible scenic views.

Green Island is only a 40 minute boat ride from the tropical city of Cairns. The walk around Green Island is a beautiful stroll along the sand. It can take about an hour to complete as it goes for 1.5 kilometres. Overall, the walk is relatively easy to do as you’re only walking on the sand. You can also do the beach walk any time of the day!

You will walk around the island on the beach and have the ocean on one side and the rainforest on the other side. On your walk, you might spot birds flying above you or wildlife walking on the sand.

Are there any other walks I can do on Green Island?

Aside from the beach walk which takes you around the island, there are two other walks.

Jetty walk

The jetty walk is the shorter return walk of the three you can do on Green Island. You’ll walk along the jetty for about half an hour. When you reach the end of the jetty, you’ll get a beautiful view of Green Island and the surrounding waters. As you walk back towards the island, take in the view as you get closer.

The boardwalk

Enjoy a 50 minute stroll through the cool and lush rainforest on Green Island. This walk is a great opportunity to spot some of the local birds. You might see buff-banded rails running along the path or small silvereyes flying around. As you make your way through the walk, make sure you stop to read the signs. The signs will tell you about the island’s history and about the Guru-Gulu Gunggandji people. The Guru-Gulu Gunggandji people have lived on Green Island for thousands of years.

What are other activities I can do when on Green Island?

Green Island is full of different activities for you to do.


Snorkelling is a great way to explore the waters around Green Island. You’ll spot some colourful marine life and coral in the waters. You’ll get the chance to learn how to snorkel if you’re a beginner.

Scuba diving

Go deeper into the water and go scuba diving! You can either be a pro or a beginner, with lessons available on the day. Swim along with some marine life in the waters and see beautiful coral along the bottom of the sea.

Helmet diving

Maybe you’re not a big swimmer, or you want to try something different. Helmet diving is perfect for those who might want to walk along the seabed under the water. You’ll be able to still see all the marine life swimming about above or inside the coral.

Semi submarine

A semi submarine gives you the experience of being underwater. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to swim but still want to see what life is like underwater.

Glass bottom boat

The glass bottom boat allows you to see marine life and coral without going swimming. As you get inside the boat, there’s glass at the bottom allowing you to see underwater.

Green Island is a beautiful small island near Cairns and is worth the day trip! You can walk around the island or go underwater and swim with some marine life.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.