Where is Green Island?

The Great Barrier Reef is not only famous for its underwater reef system but its endless amounts of islands attached to the reef itself. Blending together the submerged world to the surface land, abling land animals and plant life to live in harmony with the ocean ecosystem. The islands, 900 to be exact, scatter along the 348,000 square kilometres of the area that makes up the Great Barrier Reef. With some of the biggest and best going down as a top location in Queensland, most predominantly the Green Island. Undoubtedly, the best coral cay within the entire reef, Green Island is a hub of both land and marine life.

What makes it Unique?

Like most of the reef’s islands, this one comes with crystal clear waters, golden white sands, and an endless array of wildlife. What makes it so different from the other is out of all the coral cays dispersed about, Green Island is the only one with a rainforest growing on top of it. The island formed over six thousand years ago, developing over the years to become the home for a diverse range of flora and fauna. Green Island is now one of the most popular destinations in Queensland. Although some say this is due to the island putting Cairns on the map when it first launched the world’s very first underwater observatory. Others say it’s the wildlife that creates its fame.

It’s whereabouts

Nestled deep within the outer ocean of Queensland coast, Green Island is around about 27 kilometres northeast of Cairns. It is one of the closest Great Barrier Reef islands to inland Australia, located right up front of the line.

How to get there

There are only two options for travelling to the island, either by boat or helicopter. The helicopter, although defiantly guarantees stunning views and an unforgettable experience, is usually a bit too expensive for the everyday travellers, usually costing you an arm and a leg. Therefore, most visitors will come by boat, travelling either on their own vessel or with a tour. the boat trips from Cairns usually takes up to 45 minutes, running daily to and from the island to offer guests a full day of island fun. Usually, Cairns is the starting point for the boats, so if you are staying nearby such as Port Douglas, make sure to leave early in the morning to catch the early boat departures.  

 

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