The Best Things To Do At Green Island

Set in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park around 27km off the shores of Cairns, Green Island harbours a 6,000-year-old coral cay. It is one of the most popular hotspots in the Great Barrier Reef, and promises lots of activities and things to do..

The Best Things to do on Green Island

1. Marineland Melanesia

This nature attraction boasts an incredible collection of wildlife, including more than 50 crocodiles and aquariums home to saltwater coral, giant turtles, and a variety of vibrant fish species. Cassius, the largest croc caught in Australia, is the main attraction. He’s over 100 years old, and is a firm favourite amongst visitors. As well as getting to know the various animals, you can hold a baby crocodile and explore the expansive collection of primitive art and marine artefacts.

2. Shop Til You Drop

There are numerous souvenir shops and artisan gift stores on Green Island for you to get stuck into. As well as a dive shop and an island boutique, you can also check out the on-site spa, and the selection of foodie pitstops, like the ice-cream bar and the Canopy Grill.

3. Hit the Water

You can always hire a private boat and head out into the water to try your hand at fishing. Even if you don’t catch anything, you can spend an afternoon enjoying the backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef.

4. The Boardwalk

Get up close and personal with the wildlife of Green Island by exploring the 1.3km boardwalk, which stretches out through the national park, taking in lush forests and incredible beach views. The self-guided walk can be picked up from the information centre.

5. Eco-Walk

If you want to learn more about the history of the island and facts about the colourful array of species that reside on it, check out the eco walk, which takes you around a nature trail filled with birds and other fascinating wildlife.

6. Swimming and Snorkelling

A trip to Green Island wouldn’t be complete without a dip in the ocean. There is a designated swimming spot where you can bask in the shallows, and you can hire snorkelling equipment to get up close and personal with the incredible marine life that calls this part of Australia home.

However you choose to spend your time on Green Island, you’ll be in for a natural treat filled with native wildlife and incredible scenery.

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