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Jetty walk

Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Jetty 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

Wander along the jetty, as island visitors have done for nearly 100 years, and see Green Island from a different perspective.

Arrive on the island with a long scenic walk along the jetty.
Arrive on the island with a long scenic walk along the jetty. © Tourism & Events Queensland
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Walk to the end of the jetty to capture a classic postcard shot of the island set in the midst of the blue sea. Peer over the edge of the jetty to spot the large pelagic fish that live underneath, gliding in and out of the shadows.

As you walk back, gaze into the clear waters below to glimpse coral bommies that home to colourful reef fish and other marine life. Scan the sandy bottom for stingrays, which send up a cloud of sand as they dart away; and keep an eye on the waters’ surface for turtles popping up for a breath.

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: 500m return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 30mins walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Jetty walk is a walk along the jetty, the point of arrival for visitors on ferries and boats to Green island.
  • 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

  • The Jetty walk as well as the Boardwalk, and the paths in the resort area are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available in the Green Island day-use area.

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 jetty.
  • 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.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Boating

  • The waters around Green Island National Park and Recreation Area 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 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.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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