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The Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (built) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (built) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Explore lush tropical rainforest growing in sand on a tiny coral cay and discover the island's fascinating history along the way.

Take a family walk along the Green Island boardwalk.
Take a family walk along the Green Island boardwalk. Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
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Traditional Owners Traditional Owners
Park Ranger Park Ranger

Leave the glare of the beach and the bustle of the resort behind and enjoy a leisurely stroll through cool rainforest in the heart of the island. Look and listen for the many different birds that live here—its hard to miss buff-banded rails dashing across the path, emerald doves rustling through the leaf litter and tiny silvereyes darting about the canopy. During summer months the forest canopy is alive with the soft calls of pied imperial-pigeons taking advantage of the forest fruiting season.

Take time to read the signs to learn about the island’s colourful history and find out why this place is so special to the Traditional Owners, the Gunggandji people.

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.

At a glance

Distance: 1.3km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 50mins walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Boardwalk extends from the resort through the rainforested centre of the island to the beach on the southern side.
  • 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.

Ferry

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 Queensland.com, 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

When to visit

Opening hours

Green Island National Park and Recreation Area is open 24hrs a day.

  • Ferries run daily to the island.
  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Green Island National Park and Recreation Area has a tropical climate. In summer the daytime temperatures average 30°C with high humidity and rainfall. From April to September the days are cooler and less humid. Despite the steady south-easterly trade winds, this is usually the best time to visit.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

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

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks and forests.

Drinking water

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

Rubbish

  • Rubbish bins and cigarette bins are provided in the resort area, national park and recreation area.

Walk

  • Wear shoes to protect your feet if you walk onto the beach as beach rock can be rough and slippery.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Around water

  • Always swim between the flags at the patrolled beach—the flags mark the safest place to swim. There have been deaths here swimming outside of the patrolled beach area.
  • Always check with the lifeguard for safe locations for snorkelling. Snorkelling is supervised between the flags.
  • If you are a first time snorkeler, ask for instructions on how to snorkel from the dive crew on your boat or from the dive shop.
  • If you are a non-competent swimmer or snorkeler, we strongly advise you to wear personal flotation device (PFD).
  • You should always swim or snorkel in buddy pairs.
  • Follow advice on the water safety signs at the start of each beach access track.
  • Hire a stinger suit for protection from marine stingers. Beware marine stingers.
  • Our national parks, including our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area islands, need your help to remain pest‑free.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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