Green Island Education


Coral Cay Education Field Trip


Stay dry or jump in and get wet on this excursion students will travel to Green Island, a vegetated coral cay located off the coast of Cairns. Green Island is an excellent place to explore both a tropical rainforest and World Heritage coral reef.

Travel 1 hour from Cairns via a comfortable catamaran ride. Upon arrival students and teachers will have approximately 5 hours to undertake place-based learning and immersive activities. The activities can be differentiated to meet the specific needs of your class and desired student outcomes.


  • Up to 5 hours on Green Island
  • Designated guides for your students
  • All equipment and instruction
  • Guided snorkelling tour
  • Ecology and cultural walk
  • Marineland Melanesia Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat


GBR Biology led guided snorkelling

Accessibility to snorkelling from Green Island is fantastic for students of all ages as they can wade in straight off the stunning coral sand beach.

Education ProgramsDuring this activity students will be working with a designated Marine Biologist or Indigenous guide for a personalised and private tour. Students will explore the sea grass meadows and surrounding reef of Green Island. Along the way your Marine Biologist will be sharing interpretation and stories of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and its’ inhabitants. Providing the most up to date information and helping to subdue misconceptions associate with this ecosystem. Your Marine Biologist can discuss biological and ecological process of the Great Barrier Reef and information on the management of the reef system and the threats it faces.

On the tour, students can engage in citizen science on the reef. Collecting real-world monitoring data, including the Eye on the Reef program with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority [GBRMPA] and submitting images through the sightings network. Students can learn the importance of indicator species, how the reef is monitored and be able to submit their findings into the GBRMPA’s database.

Island Ecology and Cultural Walk

Learn the cultural and ecological value of Green Island and its unique tropical rainforest as you are accompanied by your biologist and Indigenous Guide through the rainforest. Follow the interpretive boardwalk to the back side of the island while your Indigenous guide shares stories of Indigenous culture and histories. Your biologist will discuss the importance of rainforest ecology and the connectivity of reef and rainforests.

Indigenous Culture Stories

Wunyami (Green Island and surrounding reef) is within the sea country of the Guru-Gulu Gunggandji Aboriginal people and holds traditional and contemporary cultural significance for them. They have lived in this area for thousands of years. In times of lower sea levels, the Gunggandji hunted and gathered on the grassy plains of ancient reef formations, right out to the edge of the present-day barrier reef. Then, when sea levels rose and Green Island reef had developed, they paddled to the island in canoes for hunting and ceremonies. Today, the Guru-Gulu Gungandji retain a strong spiritual connection with their country and have an active voice in managing the island.

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Coral viewing Glass Bottom Boat

Stay dry and enjoy the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef as you drift across the top of the reef platform. The glass bottom boat tour provides views of the stunning coral gardens that surround Green Island. Listen to an engaging 30-minute presentation adapted to what you see during the tour. Points of interest along the way include, hard and soft coral formations, the fish feeding presentation, giant clams, anemonefish, and green and hawksbill turtle sightings.

Marine Land Melanesia

Established in the 1950’s Marineland Melanesia displays a fine collection of nautical treasures from the days of sail, fascinating walk-through tribal oceanic museum and beautiful natural lit saltwater aquariums. The walk-through ends in a park housing Giant live crocodiles in a jungle rainforest setting.

During this tour students will meet 3 different species of crocodiles from hatchlings through to the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodile in captivity Cassius (5.5m long!). Students can learn about these spectacular animals in an extremely exciting manner seeing them up close and can even attend a daily feeding show to witness these powerful hunters in action.

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