Green Island

Green Island is a popular island to visit.

As opposed to Fitzroy Island, it is a real coral cay.

It means it's small and flat compared to continental islands,

... and feels more like you are really on the coral reef.

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Green Island is perfect for a day trip,

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... and makes a beautiful day out.

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Beautiful views as you walk from the jetty.

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Things to Do on Green Island Cairns

There is a resort and a swimming pool,

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... a buffet restaurant, cafes, shops and bars.

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There is a flagged beach for swimming,

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... a rainforest walk which
takes you to the other end of the island,

green island rainforest

... and you can walk all the way around the island along the beach, that island is that small.

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The water is bright blue,

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... and the snorkelling is beautiful, 

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... or, you could discover the coral on the glass bottom boat.

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There is also the Marineland Melanesia crocodile park,

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... with its shipwreck entrance,

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... and famous for Cassius - the largest captive crocodile in the world.

Marineland Melanesia

Marineland Melanesia is one of Cairns' older attractions.

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As the name says, it's all in Melanesian style, by a local family that used to work in PNG and bring lots of things home from the region.

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There are nautical relics, tribal artifacts, and even restored engines, on display in the museum.

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In the shop, there are souvenirs including croc teeth and Green Island t-shirts to only name a few. There is coral and gemstone jewelry, and the things you might need, such as snorkelling gear, sunglasses, cameras, hats, sunscreen, thongs and beach and swimwear.

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There are reef aquariums with local species of coral, clownfish, lion fish, stone fish, painted cray, sharks and turtles.

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Outside, there are crocodile shows,

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... and about 50 crocodiles in ponds in cages,

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... the most famous of which, of course,

marineland melanesia crocodile cage

... is the largest captive crocodile in the world,

marineland melanesia cassius

... named Cassius, who has lived on the island for almost 30 years.

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Full detail about this island and all others is in the Destination Guide.

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