Why Visit Green Island?
Think of its beginnings! Green Island is a tropical paradise with very humble beginnings! Imagine sediment (dead reef plant and animals broken down by physical and natural processes) deposited due to wave action into an unstable sand bank. Over time, this bank eventually rose above high tide forming a coral cay. Birds flew over or rested on the cay leaving their droppings full of seeds. The seeds germinated (initially low creepers and grasses, stabilising the cay) and later, once the soil was enriched by decaying organic matter, trees appeared, attracting more birds and droppings and well - life continued to grow from there - as you can imagine! So there you have it, a humble, unstable little sand bank evolving over about 6,000 years into a stunning green tropical paradise known today as Green Island – now not only attracting sea life but also human visitors!
Where did Green Island get its name? You are probably assuming the island was named due to its lush green vegetation, but no! Captain Cook was the first European to sight the island during his journey up the east coast in 1770 and decided to name Green Island after Charles Green, his chief observer and astronomer-in-charge on the Endeavour.
What is the connection to the Aborigines? Green Island was also well known to the local Aborigines. The Gungganyji people claimed the island was haunted by spirits and brought their young men to the island for initiation.
What is the modern Green Island like? Due to its popularity, a resort eventuated (obviously keeping in line with strict environmental policies) on 1/3 of the island, leaving the rest of the island with its native vegetation and white, tropical sandy beaches. A series of boardwalks allow you to walk across the island with an “informative trail” to answer your questions (well, some of them at least!). You can also walk around the whole island on its beaches (check the tides first) and look for turtles, blue spotted stingrays, schools of fish and many interesting shells and little critters. Watch the seabirds dive into the crystal clear water catching the plentiful fish.
Crocodiles and Turtles. If you are interested in crocodiles you can visit Marineland Melanesia – a small locally owned family business which is very popular. It not only has a croc feed (which fits in with Ocean Free’s schedule) but you can view Green Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, corals and other marine life up close! It also has artefacts from around the region which the family has collected over the years.