Green Island and Cairns Aquarium

You will have an exceptional Great Barrier Reef experience with this Green Island and Cairns Aquarium package. All in just one day, Head out to stunning Green Island.  You will have the chance to see the corals and marine life of the reef before returning to Cairns.  Then you will visit the Cairns Aquarium to marvel at many species you may not have seen on the island.

This Green Island and Cairns Aquarium tour package can be in any order that suits you.  After all, it’s your holiday.

Green Island

White sandy beaches surround Green Island with lush tropical rainforests and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!  What better way to get there and experience this than with the Green Island Reef Cruise.   Take a glass-bottom boat tour,  or snorkel over the reef.  Or laze on the white sandy beach.  Green Island offers various activities to suit all abilities and is ideal for non-swimmers.

Green Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Relax On a Tropical Island

Stroll through magical rainforest, laze on white coral sand beaches, swim, dive or snorkel.

There is a wide range of optional activities to experience on Green Island.  Scuba dive, join a snorkel excursion and even walk underwater with Seawalker helmet diving.

Cairns Aquarium

Experience something incredible.  Cairns Aquarium is a   eat way to sample 2 world heritage listed areas at once!  The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland.  You will enjoy the Aquarium in the world dedicated to the species and habitats of this incredible region.

You can wander through the many different habitats at your speed.  At Cairns Aquarium, we love to share our knowledge.  Enjoy the fun and informative presentations we offer throughout the day.  For a small extra cost, you can experience the exciting virtual submarine!  A journey into the various depths of an underwater world.  You will discover over 16,000 creatures from the reef and rainforest.  Immerse yourself in the five unique habitats which are on display.


  • 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.

Book Read policies

Tour Features


Green Island Half Day Tour

Green Island Eco Adventure

08:30 - 16:30

HALF DAY (~2 hours Island Time) - Depart marina 1pm - 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.