Green Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

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

Things to do

    The boardwalk on Green Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

    The boardwalk on Green Island. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted on Green Island.

    Other accommodation

    The Green Island Resort provides luxury accommodation on the island adjacent to the national park.

    Walking

    Boardwalk (grade: easy)

    Distance: 1.3km return

    Time: Allow about 50min walking time

    From the jetty and resort area, a boardwalk provides access through the forest of the national park to the south-east beach. Learn about the plants, animals, culture and history of the island from signs along the way.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Several picnic areas are provided for visitors. Toilets, showers, telephones and food outlets are provided within the resort for day visitors.

    Boating and fishing

    There are public moorings in the waters around Green Island National Park. Moorings reduce coral damage from anchors and provide safe and sustainable access to popular reefs and islands. They suit a variety of vessel sizes and are accessed on a first-come-first-served basis. Time limits may apply during the day, but all mooring are available overnight between 3pm and 9am. Learn more about moorings and responsible anchoring and see maps and mooring locations.

    Motorised watersports are not allowed in the Green Island locality.

    Green Island National Park and the surrounding marine waters are internationally significant and are protected in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Zones in the two marine parks—the Great Barrier Reef Coast and Great Barrier Reef—provide a balanced approach to protecting the marine and intertidal environments while allowing recreational and commercial use. Fishing is not allowed in waters surrounding Green Island as they are within the Scientific Research (Orange) and Marine National Park (Green) zones of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park.

    For more detailed zoning maps and information see Great Barrier Reef zoning information.

    Viewing wildlife

    Green Island offers visitors the chance to experience a tiny, tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef close to Cairns. A stroll along the boardwalk will reveal forest birds and insects. Wandering the beach, look for seabirds and, on the water's surface, turtles. View the reef, either by snorkelling or from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat, and see numerous fish, corals and other invertebrates of the Great Barrier Reef. With more than 35 species of seabirds, 28 species of forest birds and a surrounding reef rich in marine life, Green Island visitors will truly feel close to nature. See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about Green Island's diverse island and reef life.

    Other things to do

    A patrolled swimming area is provided on the northern side of the island near the beach hire hut.

    Snorkelling is not supervised and you enter the water at your own risk. When snorkelling, seek advice from the lifeguard about safe locations on the day.

    Activities such as snorkelling, diving and other watersports are also provided by the resort. Hire of watersports and snorkelling equipment, lockers, towels and umbrellas is available through the resort and beach hire hut. Commercial attractions on the island include Marineland Melanesia Crocodile Park.

    For more information see the tourism information links.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.