Green Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

Enjoy a scenic picnic at the Green Island day-use area. Photo credit: © Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

A small rainforest-clad coral cay, Green Island is one of the most popular destinations on the Great Barrier Reef. Photo credit: © Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Green Island day-use area

Spend a day in a tropical island paradise, swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, picnicking and exploring to your heart’s content.

Accessible by

  • Boat

Attraction facilities

  • Toilets (flush)
  • Picnic tables
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)

Extending along the shore from each side of the jetty, the day-use area offers sandy beaches for sunbathing, clear shallow waters for snorkelling and a patrolled section of beach for swimming. At Beach Hire, you can rent towels, beach umbrellas, sun lounges and non-motorised water sports equipment.

After an energetic morning, enjoy a lazy lunch at one of the shady picnic tables in the day-use area and soak up stunning ocean views framed by casuarinas and swaying palms. After lunch, explore the Boardwalk or wander around the Beach walk. Or simply relax some more in the shade! A day in paradise!

Green Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.

Getting there and getting around

The Green Island day-use area is in Green Island National Park and Recreation Area, 27km offshore from Cairns in the Great Barrier Reef.

  • The day-use area extends along the beach from each side of the jetty.
  • The island can be reached by ferry or private boat, and is one of the most accessible islands on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Commercial helicopter services also fly to and from the island.


Most visitors travel to Green Island via regular ferry services, which depart from the Reef Fleet Terminal in Spence Street, Cairns.Travel time to the island is about 50mins.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Private vessels

Green Island has safe anchorage and public moorings for private vessels.

Wheelchair access

  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided in the Green Island day-use area.
  • The Boardwalk, jetty and the paths in the resort area are also accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

Drinking water

  • Treated water is available on tap in the amenities block in the day-use area.
  • You can purchase bottled drinking water from the resort.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Green Island day-use area is open 24 hours a day

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Green Island safely.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.