Green Island has an amazing history! Even though Green Island is a very small island, it has played an important role in the history of Tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef region.
When on Green Island, take some time to visit the colourful Interpretive Boardwalk. Designed in 6 languages, it showcases the island's European and Aboriginal histories as well as its outstanding natural values.
Local Aboriginal tribes (Gungandji and Mandingalbay) used Green Island and its reef for fishing, hunting, and manhood initiation ceremonies.
Captain Cook first marked Green Island on the navigational charts and named it after the astronomer onboard, Charles Green.
A bech-de-mer (sea cucumber) smoking station was established on Green Island. It was operated by a fisherman called JSV Mein, and operated for several decades before closing down.
A ship called the ‘Antagonist’ shipwrecked on Green Island reef while carrying horses to India (14 May 1863).
Coconuts were planted to provide shelter, food and drink for shipwrecked sailors.
Grass hut accommodation was constructed for fishing and hunting parties.
The first organised pleasure cruises to Green Island commenced on a local coaster called ‘Zeus’.
Green Island was declared a Recreational Reserve under the Cairns Council.
The first public jetty was constructed.
Hayles commenced fortnightly passenger service from Cairns to Green Island.
Kitty & Noel Monkman, pioneers in underwater photography and videography, moved to Green Island. During WW II they acted as volunteer air observers.
The replacement jetty was constructed by Cairns Town Council.
Cairns Town Council was granted a license to remove coral from the Green Island reef flat to make lime for mainland cane fields (operated until 1945).
Green Island declared a Fauna Sanctuary
Management control of Green Island changed from Cairns Town Council to the Queensland State.
Green Island was declared a National Park.
World’s first glassbottom boat launched.
Research facility built (now Dept. of Primary Industry Research Laboratory).
Hayles was granted the first 20-year lease to develop a hotel with tourism activities
First groyne was built to protect the foreshore.
The first hotel, Coral Cay Hotel, was constructed by Hayles.
Jetty was reconstructed after being destroyed by cyclone.
World’s first underwater observatory opened.
Island camping permits no longer issued.
Present jetty constructed.
Great Barrier Reef Theatre constructed.
Redeveloped hotel, the Green Island Reef Resort, opens.
Crocodile Farm opens – the first ever on an island. Renamed Marineland Melanesia in 1972
Queen Elizabeth II visits Green Island on her 44th birthday – as part of her tour that followed in Captain Cook’s footsteps.
Sandbag retaining wall built near jetty to protect resort land from erosion.
Green Island Reef declared a Marine National Park by the Queensland Government.
Seaplane access to Green Island permitted.
Green Island Reef zoned a Marine National Park ‘B’ with a Buffer Zone under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act (extending 500m out from edge of reef).
Daily fast catamaran service from Cairns commenced by Hayles Pty Ltd.
Dreamworld Corporation purchased Green Island Reef Resort and ferry services from Hayles Pty Ltd and renamed the company Great Adventures.
Green Island Reef Resort closed due to disrepair.
Daikyo Pty Ltd purchased the resort and ferry service on Green Island from Dreamworld Corporation
Redevelopment of Green Island Resort and day facilities commenced.
Redeveloped day facilities opened to the public.
The Green Island Resort luxury accommodation opened.
Green Island Resort desalination plant operational – producing over 55,000 litres of freshwater daily.
Quicksilver Connections acquires Great Adventures and Green Island Resort from Daikyo Pty Ltd.
Here some pictures ...
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