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Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises

Multiple Locations

With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the tropical reef and rainforest surrounds of Green Island. Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans depart from Cairns daily.

Outer Reef: Guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike can experience this World Heritage environment from the spacious reef activity platform. Snorkel and dive amongst beautiful coral gardens, or if you choose to stay dry, you can embrace the natural wonderland below in the underwater observatory, or from the comfort of the semi-submersible. For the ultimate reef and island experience in one day, Great Adventures offers the choice of combining the Outer Reef cruise with a two hour stopover on Green Island.

Green Island: For a tropical island adventure, beautiful Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience. On a Great Adventures fast cat, you'll be there in just 45 minutes and with three departures daily, it's perfect for a full or half day tour.

Ocean Spirit: Luxury 32m sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit sets sail to Michalemas Cay, a picturesque vegetated sand cay and important bird sanctuary.

Activities

  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swim with Fish
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Chair lifts may be available on some Great Adventures catamarans. Disabled toilet facilities and wide boardwalks are available on Green Island. It is recommended to contact Great Adventures to discuss any special needs including wheelchair access prior to travel.

Children:

Children are welcome.

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Hope Islands National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
This island national park includes East and West Hope islands as well as Struck Island and Snapper Island. East and West Hope islands are low-lying cays. West Hope Island is a shingle cay formed from piles of loose shingle (coral debris) on which only the most hardy plants such as mangroves survive. East Hope is a typical sand cay, forested with tall coastal trees such as beach almonds. These islands are among the most important bird-nesting sites in the northern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Thousands of pied imperial-pigeons visit the islands to breed each summer. A delight for birdwatchers and fishers, these tropical islands provide a haven for nature lovers. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty. Bush camp at one of four camp sites on East Hope Island. Watch the birdlife along the shore. Listen to the calls of the pied-imperial pigeons in the trees during summer months. Go snorkelling or diving to discover amazing reef life. Make use of public moorings and throw in a fishing line.

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
The rainforest-clad slopes of the Whitfield Range form a dramatic backdrop to Cairns, offering bushwalking opportunities close to the city. Walking tracks through Mount Whitfield Conservation Park climb through shady rainforest gullies and dry open forest and grasslands with cycads to the top of Mount Lumley Hill. Enjoy the short but steep 1.5 kilometre Red Arrow circuit walk through rainforest up to a lookout with views scenic views over the Cairns coastline. Add the more demanding Blue Arrow circuit for a 6.6 kilometre (four to five hour) walk, with an optional 400 metre sidetrack to a lookout at Mount Lumley Hill (325 metres), offering expansive views to the Cairns hinterland and out to Green Island. Picnic at the lookout between your circuit walks. Look for mound-building brush-turkeys, orange-footed scrubfowl and graceful honeyeaters .
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Michaelmas Cay, part of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Michaelmas Cay is a small, low sand cay, covered by grasses and low-growing plants. Upolu Cay is a low, unvegetated sand cay. From the fenced beach access area on Michaelmas Cay, watch seabirds nesting and tending their young without disturbing them. Marvel at the sight of up to 30,000 seabirds occupying the cay at peak nesting periods during summer. Look for sooty terns, common noddies and crested terns. Admire huge flocks of seabirds filling the sky. Go snorkelling to explore the diverse surrounding reefs. Public moorings are provided for private boats.

Fitzroy Island National Park

Fitzroy Island, Cairns Area
Free Entry
This island national park, located close to the mainland, is rugged with diverse landscapes featuring granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. The island and its surrounding waters form part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Fitzroy Island, named by Lieutenant James Cook, has an interesting history as a quarantine station for the Palmer River Goldfields in the late 1800s, and later as part of an Aboriginal mission growing fruit and vegetables. Explore the rainforested Secret Garden track (one kilometre return) or walk to Nudey Beach (1.2 kilometres return) to relax in the shade, swim and snorkel. Tackle the 3.6 kilometre return Lighthouse track to the lighthouse, which offers spectacular views of the ocean and, in winter, migrating humpback whales. Look for birds such as rose-crowned fruit-doves and metallic starlings and large goannas. Challenge yourself on the 3.6 kilometre return boulder-strewn Summit track which climbs through woodland to the island's summit (269 metres) where slabs of granite and windswept casuarina trees frame magnificent views over the island, surrounding reefs and mainland.

Green Island National Park

Green Island, Cairns Area
Free Entry
This small rainforest-clad coral cay is surrounded by coral reefs and is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most popular destinations. A true coral cay, it was formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef. Tropical vine forest covers the island. Palm-fringed sandy beaches slope gently to the clear, blue-green waters of the surrounding reef, which is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Stroll around the island's boardwalks to explore the rainforest and birdlife and find out about the island's history. Walk around the island's beaches to view seabirds and enjoy views over the reef. Relax on the beach and listen to the birds in the forest behind you. Take a break from the beach and picnic on tables placed in the cool shade of the forest. Swim or snorkel or paddle a kayak in the clear reef waters. Go for a ride in a glass-bottomed boat or join a guided nature walk. Visit Marineland Melanesia Crocodile Habitat.

Michaelmas Cay Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Michaelmas Cay, on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, is 10 kilometres long reef with a sand cay. Explore the bommies, walls, swim-throughs, gullies, small caves and overhangs. Michaelmas Cay is rich with a myriad of sea life including green turtles, blue-spotted Rays molluscs and hundreds of species of tropical reef fish including Humphead Maori Wrasse. The reef surrounding the cay is renowned for an abundance of giant clams. Standing on the beach you may experience fish "biting" at your heels - they're only trying to catch shrimp and other small animals.

Turtle Bay Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
At Turtle Bay, off cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, you can come face to face with 'Killer' a giant 35 kilogram Maori Wrasse who expects the Divemaster to feed him. See 'Dopey' the resident turtle, a giant clam and several species of sea cucumbers. Staghorn thickets hide many smaller reef fish. A good mix of soft and hard coral - check under plate coral for hovering trout, sweetlip and occasional barramundi cod.

Osprey Reef

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Osprey Reef is one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world, located off Cairns in the Coral Sea. The North Horn site on the reef is a remote sea mount rising 1000 m from the ocean floor. There are spectacular wall drop-offs, amazing visibility and a popular shark-feeding location!!! The northern most point attracts many reef fish and many pelagic species including barracuda, dogtooth tuna and mackerel. White-tips and Grey Whalers cruise off the wall and Hammerheads and Oceanic Silver tips often come in from deep water to check out the action.

Thetford Reef Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Thetford Reef, off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is almost 2 kilometres long with scattered coral heads, sandy floor in-between and lots of swim-throughs. Look for giant clams, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, damsels, angelfish and pipefish, large gorgonian fans and soft coral. Anemones host commensal fish, and boulder coral heads have multi-coloured Christmas worms. The area is home to larger pelagic fish, including mackeral and tuna; also trevally, wrasse, spangled emperor, red bass, blue and gold fusiliers and sergeant majors.

Moore Reef Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
At Moore Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, you can dive over staghorn thickets on sand that slopes and drops to 22 metres. Explore around the bommies or stay close to the reef edge. There is an abundance of hard coral, damselfish hide in the soft coral and dash out to catch planktonic food. Wrasse, parrotfish, emperors, butterflyfish and surgeonfish are common. A good macrophotogaphy site - especially at night.
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