Green Island day-use area
Extending along the shore from each side of the jetty, the day-use area offers sandy beaches for sunbathing, clear shallow waters for snorkelling and a patrolled section of beach for swimming. At Beach Hire, you can rent towels, beach umbrellas, sun lounges and non-motorised water sports equipment.
After an energetic morning, enjoy a lazy lunch at one of the shady picnic tables in the day-use area and soak up stunning ocean views framed by casuarinas and swaying palms. After lunch, explore the Boardwalk or wander around the Beach walk. Or simply relax some more in the shade! A day in paradise!
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
Getting there and getting around
The Green Island day-use area is in Green Island National Park and Recreation Area, 27km offshore from Cairns in the Great Barrier Reef.
- The day-use area extends along the beach from each side of the jetty.
- 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.
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.
Green Island has safe anchorage and public moorings for private vessels.
- Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
When to visit
Green Island day-use area is open 24 hours a day.
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
- 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.
- 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.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- Treated water is available on tap in the amenities block in the day-use area.
- You can purchase bottled water from the resort.
- Rubbish bins and cigarette bins are provided in the resort area, national park and recreation area.
- 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.
- 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.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
- The waters around Green Island National Park are in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park.
- Before heading out on the water make sure you have a zoning map, know the zones and what's allowed there.
- Fishing is prohibited in the waters surrounding Green Island.
- Close to the island, the waters are also within the Green Island Recreation Area,which incorporates the national park, the public esplanade and the surrounding marine park to a distance of 1.6km beyond the reef edge.
- Find out more about boating, mooring and anchoring requirements for waters around Green Island in the Green Island Recreation Area and Green Island National Park Management Plans:
- Boating is not allowed within the buoyed swimming area.
- Motorised watersports such as jet-skis, water-skis, water scooters, para-gliders and other noisy water sports are prohibited in the recreation area.
- Public moorings are provided for private vessels up to 25m; conditions and hours of use apply.
- Anchoring within 50m of a mooring is not allowed.
- Fishing gear (spear-guns and fishing tackle) must be stowed securely on your vessel while in the recreation area.
Our national parks, including our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area islands, need your help to remain pest‑free.
Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.