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Beach walk

Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Beach walk

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
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
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Stroll around this tiny cay's sandy beach, and feel surrounded by sparkling blue waters as far as the eye can see.

Take a stroll along the white sands of Green Island.
Take a stroll along the white sands of Green Island. Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
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Emerge from the cool interior of the island’s rainforest and set out onto the sandy beach. Look for the fringe of coastal plants around the beach—casuarinas and beach almonds. These plants can tolerate the harsh conditions of sand, salt and wind, and shelter the rainforest.

As you walk, gaze out over the Great Barrier Reef where the coral reef flat and seagrass beds are home to turtles, stingrays and colourful fish and other fascinating marine life. Overhead, watch ospreys and white-bellied sea-eagles soar, and, on the beach, spot shorebirds such as oyster-catchers, egrets and terns fossicking along the shoreline.

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: 1.5km return circuit (the same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 1hr walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Beach walk circumnavigates this tiny coral cay along the beach.
  • 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

  • There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on the Beach walk.
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available in the Green Island day-use area.
  • The Boardwalk, jetty and the paths in the resort area are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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.

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 when walking on 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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