Green Island and Cairns Aquarium

This Green Island and Cairns Aquarium are fun and informative for the whole family.

Green Island

Green Island is a coral cay northeast of Cairns.  In addition to beautiful beaches, the island features a lush rainforest and coral reefs.

Enjoy a great day excursion from Cairns,

Visitors wanting to stay longer can check in to the magnificent Green Island Resort.

During your visit, explore the lush rainforest,  relax on a pristine white sandy beach and snorkel under the jetty.

Things to do on Green Island

  • Snorkelling
  • Helmet diving
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling tours
  • Rainforest walks
  • Marineland Melanesia’s crocodile show

Green Island is within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Next, discover the wonders of the sea at the Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium has over 15,000 species of animals, plants, and other organisms native to  North Queensland.

Next, view the beautiful leopard sharks, gigantic rays, gropers, and other enormous predators inside the Oceanarium and underwater tunnel.

Touch Tank

Exhibitions showcasing sea creatures, including vibrant blue sea stars and sea cucumbers,

Shark and Ray feeding

Next, Learn about sea Turtle rescue and release operations on a Turtle rehabilitation tour.

Dundee’s Restaurant at the Aquarium

Then enjoy lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant while viewing fish and sharks in the giant aquarium.


  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Half-Day or up to 7 hours on Green Island
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self-Guided Eco Walk
  • Choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour OR use of Snorkelling Equipment*
  • Island swimming pool exclusive for Great Adventures guests
  • Day visitor facilities.

*Choose the Island Upgrade on the booking page to include snorkelling equipment, a glass-bottom boat tour, and a beach bag. 


Flooded Billabongs

Home to our Freshwater Sawfish, the iconic Barramundi, and Whiptail Ray.

The Rainforest

A rainforest inside an Aquarium?!  Spot our Tropical Snakes, Emerald tree Monitors, and Frogs living amongst the jungle.

The Mangroves

Learn about the fascinating biodiversity of the mangrove habitat.

Then find baby crocs while you stroll along the boardwalk!

Great Barrier Reef

Take in the sheer expanse and beauty of Australia’s only 10-metre Deep Reef Tank!

Coral Sea

Immerse yourself in the 20-metre Underwater Viewing Tunnel.  Cairns Aquarium features a 360° view Oceanarium.



Choice of departure times from Cairns and Green Island!

Travel time to Green Island is approximately 45 minutes.

  • Departs           8:30        10:30     13:00
  • Arrival             9.20        11:20      13:50
GREEN ISLAND to cairns
  • Departs          12:00       14:30     16:30
  • Arrival            12:50       15:20     17:20
  • 09:30 + 13:00 River Monsters presentation.
  • 10:00 + 13:30 Reptile Encounter. Touch and Talk presentation.
  • 10:30 + 14:00 Denizens Of The Deep presentation.
  • 11:00 Shark and Ray Feeding presentation.
  • 15:00 Life of Sharks and Ray’s presentation.
  • 11:30 + 16:00 Curious and Coloured presentation.
  • ALL DAY Marine touch and talk.


  • Round trip cruise to Green Island
  • Coffee and tea before the vessel departed.
  • Swimming pool


Optional Extras

  • Lunch from several different casual outlets and Emerald’s Restaurant.
  • Scuba Diving
  • Helmet Diving
  • Flotation Vests and Lycra Suits
  • Scenic Helicopter Tour
  • Coach Transfers from Cairns Business Area or Northern Beaches
  • Upgrade and include a 2-course lunch and a drink at Dundees Restaurant.
  • Coffee, morning and afternoon tea all available at Dundees Restaurant
  • Sea Explorer 5D virtual submarine tour.
  • VIP Platinum Pass.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Reef friendly sunscreen
  • Cash and credit card for souvenirs, snacks etc.

How to get there


Check in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns, for your cruise to Green Island.

Cairns aquarium

Then visit the Cairns Aquarium on Florence Street in Cairns city between Lake and Abbott Streets.

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Green Island Half Day Tour

Green Island Eco Adventure

0830-1630: Standard

FULL DAY (~7 hours Island Time) - Depart marina 8:30am - Depart Green Island 4:30pm



Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium

Experience something incredible.  Cairns Aquarium is a great way to sample 2 world heritage listed areas at once!  The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. 




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