GREEN ISLAND VISUAL GUIDE
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How far away is Green Island from Cairns?
Green Island is located 27km offshore from Cairns, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
How long does it take to get there?
Ferry transfers take just 45 minutes. Ideal for those who are short of time and looking for a quick getaway, or for those who are sensitive to the motion of the ocean, after a quick ferry ride you'll be on dry land where all reef & island activities take place.
When is the best time to visit?
Situated in the tropics the climate is favourable year round, making it suitable for water activities anytime. The warm waters range in temperature from 22-29 Celsius (75-85 Fahrenheit).
Is Green Island suitable for my family?
Green Island is an easy trip for people of all ages. The half day options are ideal for small children, infants, babies and the elderly. The facilities on the island provide ease and convenience.
Can I bring my own lunch?
Yes you can bring your own packed lunch or choose to dine at one of the various food outlets. Some tour operators include lunch in their package rates.
Is the island wheelchair accessible?
Green Island is accessible for wheelchairs, please advise on booking as not all vessels offer wheelchair facilities. Once on the island wide paved or timber walkways allow for wheelchair access and there are disabled toilets.
Is it safe to swim?
Yes you can swim or snorkel straight off the beach. This is ideal for beginner snorkellers providing the opportunity to gain confidence in the water. The main beach area is patrolled by Surf Lifesaving Queensland lifeguards
Do stingers bite at Green Island?
Jellyfish season is generally between November to May, during this time it is advised to wear a stinger suit when entering the water to avoid any 'bites' or stings.
Will I see turtles?
There is a high chance you will get to see a turtle. The sea grasses surrounding Green Island are a popular feeding ground for green sea turtles, they can be frequently spotted from the jetty.
Will I see sharks?
The most common species of shark found in the Great Barrier Reef is the White-tipped Reef Shark. They are of a a generally passive nature, growing to a maximum of around two metres. It is rare to see them during the day, as they spend most their time resting inside caves or on the seabed.
Can I go from Port Douglas?
Green Island departures are from Cairns, there are no bus connections from Port Douglas so you would need to self drive to Cairns to connect with the ferry. Alternatively the Low Isles is only 25km offshore from Port Douglas, and makes for a great island adventure!
Is Green Island open everyday?
Yes trips operate to Green Island every day of the year and its doesn't matter whether you travel on a weekday or weekend, every day in a holiday in Far North Queensland!
What happens if it's raining?
Trips still operate to Green Island even if it's raining. In most cases you'll find that it'll be raining in Cairns and clear & fine at the reef, as the rain tends to draw towards the mountains.
Can I get the Skyrail back from Green Island?
Unfortunately not! Skyrail operates to Kuranda only.
Can I try scuba diving?
Yes no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. The dive shop on the island offers introductory & certified diving, you can also pre-book scuba diving if sailing with Ocean Free. Please note: The minimum age for Scuba Diving is 12 years. Certain medical conditions, medications and height restrictions may preclude some people from participating in optional in-water activities.
Is Sea Walker suitable for non-swimmers?
Yes it is perfect for non-swimmers or anyone else who might not be confident in water as you WALK on the smooth, clean sand of the sea floor. No new skills to learn, no swimming, simply walk on the ocean floor and enjoy being completely surrounded by colourful fish & coral.