7 Things to do on Green Island Cairns Australia

Green Island Beach Walk

Green Island Beach Walk. One of the many beautiful Islands near Cairns.

7 Things to do on Green Island Cairns Australia

So it was a Sunday, myself and girlfriend decided it was time to visit Green Island again. We had been there nearly one year ago so it was time to go back.

We created this article from our most recent day trip visiting Green Island. We wanted to try and help people understand how beautiful this little tropical island is.

We created our – 7 Things to do on Green Island Cairns Australia.

So let’s jump straight into it with some beautiful photographers from our day.

Number-1:
Snorkel under the main Jetty of Green Island.

Large schools of fish under the jetty at Green Island

Large schools of fish under the jetty at Green Island

I have heard people suggest that possibly snorkeling is not very good on Green Island. But myself and girlfriend would have to disagree, especially if you try snorkeling under the main jetty. We were surprised by the large schools of reef fish that hang around in the shadows under the jetty.

Because of these large schools of reef fish hanging around we choose this as our first of seven things to do on Green Island Cairns Australia.

Number-02:
View Turtles from the main Jetty of Green Island.

Green Sea Turtle at Green Island

Green Sea Turtle at Green Island

So we heard there were lots of turtle sightings at Green Island, and to be honest, we didn’t see any all day. Not until the end of the day we were waiting for the last ferry and bam we spotted 3 sea turtles. We were just standing on the jetty looking to the East waiting for the boat, and coming up out of nowhere was a giant green sea turtle. It came up to the surface on 3 different occasions gulping air before diving back down into the deep water. Probably looking for seagrass for food.

Number-03:
Walk around the Island in about 45-minutes.

Beach Walk at Green Island

Beach Walk at Green Island

So lots of people tend to hand around the front 2 beaches that are right next to the jetty. Pretty much as soon you get off the jetty it takes less than 5 minutes to walk to either beach. So this is where most people tend to hang out. But we decided to go for a walk, around the entire circumference of that island. It took us about 45 minutes and the biggest thing we noticed was, no people!

That’s right because most people are just hanging around on the beach, not many people go for a walk around the island. We were pleasantly surprised and there were fantastic photo opportunities on the Eastern side of the Island. Large old washed up trees that create a beautiful backdrop for beachside postcard style photographs.

Number-04:
Spot Wild Sea Birds and Island Dwelling Sea Birds.

Large footed ground dwelling sea bird at Green Island

Large footed ground dwelling sea bird at Green Island

We decided to stop for lunch at one of the Island cafes. And before we knew it, tiny little large footed brown ground-dwelling birds were surrounding us waiting for a bit at our lunch. This was really funny because they are only small little birds but have a super brave heart. Not intimidated by us they even jumped up and grabbed a potato chip from our hands!

I imagine lots of people have the same encounters. This seems to be a normal life for these little birds, scavenging under the table at the cafe.

Number-05:
Take a Rainforest Board Walk to the far end of the Island.

Rainforest Walk on Green Island

Rainforest Walk on Green Island

Because we took the 10:30am ferry and we decided to take the last ferry back at 4:30pm. This gave us plenty of time to really explore this little island. After our snorkel under the main jetty and turtle spotting. Our bellies were full from eating lunch at one of the many little cafes. We decided to take a rainforest walk. Green Island is a World Heritage Listed National Park. So that means everything is protected. You not allowed to really touch anything or take anything away. If you do you can risk large fines.

So walking along the extensive sealed boardwalk was lovely. Nice and shady, you can hear the waves crashing on the beach and Seabreeze keeps you cool as you walk around under the tree top canopies of the Tropical Rainforest. We found many species of plants, flowers and orchids. We are not botanists so we could not name them, but I could see a large variety. There were lots of little information signs pointing out all the main features of the rainforest.

Number-06:
Relax on the Western Beaches of the Island.

Western Beach of Green Island

Western Beach of Green Island

After a walk around the Island, under the rainforest on the boardwalks, snorkeling and eating lunch it was now time to relax. With a cool Easterly Seabreeze, the Western beaches are perfect to watch people swimming and having fun. Sunbaking and generally just lounging around on the beach. This was one of my highlights, it really gives you a chance to unwind and relax. You really feel like you are on a tropical island in the middle of The Great Barrier Reef, which you are!

Number-07:
Enjoy the amazing SunSets looking to the East!

Sunset from Green Island

Sunset from Green Island

So as the day comes to an end, I thought one of the main highlights was watching the beautiful skies as the sun starts to set in the West over the mainland. Green island is only 26klm offshore from Cairns so it is really easy to see the mainland mountains that surround Cairns. As the sun sets with cloud covered mountains in the distance and crystal clear water from The Great barrier Reef. This created a magnificent ending to a perfect day in tropical Paradise.

In Conclusion:

For us Green Island is still beautiful, lots of people do go there and I can see how som people say it is overrun with tourists. But you only have to walk less than 5 minutes away from the main 2 beaches and you feel like you are on a deserted tropical island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.

I think there is something for everyone on Green island, it all depends what you are looking for, you can and will have a beautiful experience and I would recommend visiting even if it is for just one day in your life.

If you would like to book a trip to the island, please have a look at our Full Day and Half Day – Green Island Day Tours

Happy travels everyone!

 

 

Clint Carroll

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Clint Carroll is the Manager of Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Centre. An adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of Greenbuddy.com.au. based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.


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