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Cairns-Green Island


Destination(s) 🇦🇺 Australia
Sailings Up to 2 times per day
Duration 42 minutes
Distance 17 Miles, 27 km
Operated by Green Island Reef Cruises

Green Island Reef Cruises’ sail several times per day from Cairns to Green Island. The Green Island ferry can be booked for half a day, a full day or longer.

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Green Island Australia

Ferry to Green Island and Cairns

At about 27 km from Cairns, you will find a small paradise island in the middle of coral reefs. You can visit this island with the Cairns-Green Island ferry as a day tour or enjoy a longer stay. You can spend the night in the luxury resort on the island.

  • Guests traveling to Green Island can now check in directly at the vessels Big Cat & Reef Rocket based at Marlin Wharf.
  • It is also possible to book snorkel equipment or a glass-bottom boat tour.

Route Map

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Tickets and booking

To ensure availability it is wise to buy your ferry tickets long before the departure date.

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Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Cairns and Green Island is currently operated by: Big Cat Green Island.

How long does the Cairns-Green Island crossing take?

The travel time of the Cairns-Green Island ferry is around: 42 minutes. Please arrive early at the harbor and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Cairns-Green Island ferry sail?

You can usually take the ferry from Cairns to Green Island (or the ferry from Green Island to Cairns) 2 times per day. Depending on the season, the amount of people on the ferry and the weather forecast, the ferry company can deviate from the timetable/ferry schedule.

What is the distance between Cairns and Green Island?

The distance between Cairns and Green Island is approximately 17 miles or 27 km.