GREEN ISLAND RESORT

Great Barrier Reef Eco Resort

GREEN ISLAND RESORT

 

Great Barrier Reef Eco Resort

Green Island
Snorkelling
reef suite
Foyer
FEATURES

Green Island Resort offers a number of room styles for guests: Island Suites (twin or king bed configurations), or the Reef Suite Room. Connecting rooms are available for families or groups.

Island Suite
Spacious guest room of 56 square metres featuring either one King size bed (King Room) or two double beds (Twin Room), some inter-connecting suites are available. All rooms have separate shower and bath, and private balcony. Set in clusters under the rainforest canopy offering either rainforest or pool views.

Reef Suite
Split level luxury suites of over 60 square metres, with a large king size bed, spacious lounge area, separate bath, shower and outside balcony with rainforest views enjoying the fresh sea breezes. Private and just metres from the beach, the Reef Suites are ideal luxury Great Barrier Reef hide away.

Included With Your Stay
Transfers to and from Green Island
Complimentary sunset drinks
Buffet breakfast
Glass bottom boat tour
Snorkel equipment
Fish feeding nature walks
Guided evening nature walks
Most non-motorised beach activities

nature walk
beach
ACTIVITIES

A wide range of complimentary activities are included in your stay. These include snorkelling, glass bottom boat tour, most non-motorised beach equipment and a host of guided activities with the resident Activities officer.

After dusk when all the day visitors go home, Green Island is yours. Take in the islands tranquility and join the resident Activities Officer for great activities exclusive to resort guests.

Wharf
ENVIRONMENT

From the owners:

“Located in one of the world’s most unique natural environments, here at Green Island Resort, we’re privileged to call this beautiful island our home. But being a luxury eco resort in a coral cay rainforest in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef isn’t easy! When staying with us, you can be assured we are passionate custodians; sustainability and commitment to climate action are second nature.

Environmental Accreditations
Green Island Resort has held Advanced Ecotourism Certification since 2001, recognised for preservation and commitment to the island’s rainforest and reef surrounds, and the management of this world-class eco-sensitive resort. This certification is the highest eco certification attainable in Australia.

Solar and Greener Power
Despite Green Island being home to a significant rainforest, the Resort’s solar arrays now impressively generate over one-quarter of all the island infrastructure energy needs. This helps to power the Resort, tertiary sewage treatment plant and desalination plant as well as the island’s other facilities.

Water Supply
Water is a most precious resource and sustainable management is vital for the island ecosystem. While it might seem a natural option to capture rainfall for water supply, it is very important on Green Island that no water is collected. Instead, the Resort has a desalination plant for potable water so that the rainfall is allowed to fall and replenish the moisture levels required to support vegetation from the island aquifer.

For other water requirements such as toilet flushing and irrigation, the high-quality effluent from the Resort’s tertiary sewage treatment facility “closes the loop”. We supply water for all of the island’s facilities.

Innovative Waste Management
Turning glass into sand and food waste into fertiliser. Green Island Resort is home to some of Australia’s most innovative waste management practices. Our ultimate aim is to close the loop with an efficient cycle that averts landfill, reduces emissions and provides real, tangible end-use products.

A Food Digester recycling machine reduces waste volume by 90% as food waste is converted into a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser. The remarkable end-use of this organic fertiliser is for local farmland produce. The other by-product is sterile water which is diverted to the treatment facility.
The first of its kind on an Australian island resort, the food digester is a real win-win for the environment with not only waste averted from landfill, but reduced transport and methane emissions from decomposing organic matter.
Our glass crusher turns glass bottles into sand, further reducing volume by 90%. We have a permit to retain some of this sand for maintenance use.
The Resort’s state-of-the-art tertiary sewage treatment plant is one of the most sophisticated of its type in Australia. It processes wastewater from ALL island facilities. The safe, high-quality effluent is used primarily for toilet flushing, irrigation and firefighting reserves, to further minimise the impact on the environment.
The disposal of any solid waste or even composting on Green Island is prohibited and must be taken back to the mainland. Recycling ability and waste reduction is improved with a compacter and baler for a variety of waste products including cans, cardboard and plastic for delivery to recycling agents.
*These noted Green Island Resort projects have been undertaken with assistance of the State Government’s Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program’s matched funding, 2019.

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle
At Green Island Resort, we have eliminated plastic consumables like straws and single-use plastic shopping bags. Instead, we use biodegradeable paper straws and paper bags, while in your guest room, you’ll find a complimentary fabric beach bag. We also have water fountains for drink container refill.
Only ecologically sound toiletries are provided, sourced locally where possible. We’ve replaced single-use plastic packaging on complimentary guest toiletries with eco-friendly refillable dispensers.
Partially used guest soap bars are collected for “Soap Aid” for reprocessing into fresh, hygienic soap bars for distribution to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas. Soap Aid is a not-for-profit organisation committed to saving lives through improved hygiene and education while positively impacting the environment.

Building the Eco Resort
Designed and built to the strictest of environmental standards, Green Island Resort set a benchmark and has many unique features that make it one of the world’s most eco-sensitive.

Structurally, all resort building and infrastructure (e.g. boardwalks) were built with minimal vegetation clearing, and in many cases, around trees. No building extrudes above the tree canopy, therefore preserving the natural appearance of the island from the water, shoreline and air.

Buildings are linked with raised timber boardwalks to eliminate problems with compaction and erosion. These raised boardwalks also allow wildlife, like native ground birds, to move freely along the forest floor and do not interfere with tree root systems. The gaps between the boards allow rainwater to fall freely to the ground to replenish the freshwater lens beneath the island.

Rainwater is vital to the survival of the rainforest plants on the island. Buildings have several features designed to maximise the amount of rainfall that falls onto the island. For example, gutters and other rain catchment devices are prohibited. Steep roofs help channel the rain to the ground.

Swimming Pools
The depths of the swimming pools are limited to 2.2 metres (about 7 ft) so they do not interfere with the water table beneath the island.”

Sunrise
beach

What we love…

Green Island Resort is an eco certified resort on the door step of the Great Barrier Reef. The eco resort and its surrounding waters are an important and protected marine park. Filled with vibrant bird and coral reef marine life, there is much to explore, and find out what makes the resort one of the most eco-friendly in the world. (Read more about their fabulous eco initiaves in the green ENVIRONMENT toggle).


Tell me more

Guests can spend their time diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, exploring the island, touring the outer reef or indulging in the delights the resort has to offer, including just relaxing.


Get the Facts

Where is it? Green Island, 27kms east of Cairns, Qld

What? Eco-sensitive Resort

Style of Accommodation? Suites and Rooms

Who?  Families, couples and groups.

Accessible? Please enquire

How much? 

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Sounding Good?  Read on…

Green Island Resort, 45 minutes from Cairns, is located in the heart of the unique Great Barrier Reef.

Highlights at the resort include two outdoor swimming pools, a full-service spa, and a restaurant.

With 46 suites, each room features private balconies with either rainforest or pool views. Indulge in rejuvenating massage treatments or a gourmet picnic hamper on the beach, or for the more adventurous, revel in snorkelling and scuba diving the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

Guest can also enjoy access to ecotours, kayaking, and rowing/canoeing. Each morning free buffet breakfast is offered between 7 AM and 10:30 am

By night, enjoy the nature experiences and serenity of this island retreat. Watch the sun set with complimentary sunset drinks, followed by dinner in the signature Emeralds Restaurant where fresh local produce is always on the menu, or even private beach dining.

Fast catamaran transfers from Cairns are included in room rates.

Host: Green Island Resort
Address: Green Island, QLD 4871
Great Barrier Reef

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FEATURES

Green Island Resort offers a number of room styles for guests: Island Suites (twin or king bed configurations), or the Reef Suite Room. Connecting rooms are available for families or groups exceeding the 2 adults, 2 child room limits.

Set in clusters under the rainforest canopy and adjoining central facilities, the 56 square metre Island Suites feature a king sized bed, separate bath and shower facilities, private balcony, air conditioning.

The 66 square metre, split level Reef Suite features a king sized bed, separate bath and shower facilities, private balcony and air conditioning.

Included With Your Stay
Transfers to and from Green Island
Complimentary sunset drinks
Buffet breakfast
Glass bottom boat tour
Snorkel equipment
Fish feeding nature walks
Guided evening nature walks
Most non-motorised beach activities

ACTIVITIES

A wide range of complimentary activities are included in your stay. These include snorkelling, glass bottom boat tour, most non-motorised beach equipment and a host of guided activities with the resident Activities officer.

After dusk when all the day visitors go home, Green Island is yours. Take in the islands tranquility and join the resident Activities Officer for great activities exclusive to resort guests.

ENVIRONMENT

From the owners:

“Located in one of the world’s most unique natural environments, here at Green Island Resort, we’re privileged to call this beautiful island our home. But being a luxury eco resort in a coral cay rainforest in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef isn’t easy! When staying with us, you can be assured we are passionate custodians; sustainability and commitment to climate action are second nature.

Environmental Accreditations
Green Island Resort has held Advanced Ecotourism Certification since 2001, recognised for preservation and commitment to the island’s rainforest and reef surrounds, and the management of this world-class eco-sensitive resort. This certification is the highest eco certification attainable in Australia.

Solar and Greener Power
Despite Green Island being home to a significant rainforest, the Resort’s solar arrays now impressively generate over one-quarter of all the island infrastructure energy needs. This helps to power the Resort, tertiary sewage treatment plant and desalination plant as well as the island’s other facilities.

Water Supply
Water is a most precious resource and sustainable management is vital for the island ecosystem. While it might seem a natural option to capture rainfall for water supply, it is very important on Green Island that no water is collected. Instead, the Resort has a desalination plant for potable water so that the rainfall is allowed to fall and replenish the moisture levels required to support vegetation from the island aquifer.

For other water requirements such as toilet flushing and irrigation, the high-quality effluent from the Resort’s tertiary sewage treatment facility “closes the loop”. We supply water for all of the island’s facilities.

Innovative Waste Management
Turning glass into sand and food waste into fertiliser. Green Island Resort is home to some of Australia’s most innovative waste management practices. Our ultimate aim is to close the loop with an efficient cycle that averts landfill, reduces emissions and provides real, tangible end-use products.

A Food Digester recycling machine reduces waste volume by 90% as food waste is converted into a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser. The remarkable end-use of this organic fertiliser is for local farmland produce. The other by-product is sterile water which is diverted to the treatment facility.
The first of its kind on an Australian island resort, the food digester is a real win-win for the environment with not only waste averted from landfill, but reduced transport and methane emissions from decomposing organic matter.
Our glass crusher turns glass bottles into sand, further reducing volume by 90%. We have a permit to retain some of this sand for maintenance use.
The Resort’s state-of-the-art tertiary sewage treatment plant is one of the most sophisticated of its type in Australia. It processes wastewater from ALL island facilities. The safe, high-quality effluent is used primarily for toilet flushing, irrigation and firefighting reserves, to further minimise the impact on the environment.
The disposal of any solid waste or even composting on Green Island is prohibited and must be taken back to the mainland. Recycling ability and waste reduction is improved with a compacter and baler for a variety of waste products including cans, cardboard and plastic for delivery to recycling agents.
*These noted Green Island Resort projects have been undertaken with assistance of the State Government’s Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program’s matched funding, 2019.

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle
At Green Island Resort, we have eliminated plastic consumables like straws and single-use plastic shopping bags. Instead, we use biodegradeable paper straws and paper bags, while in your guest room, you’ll find a complimentary fabric beach bag. We also have water fountains for drink container refill.
Only ecologically sound toiletries are provided, sourced locally where possible. We’ve replaced single-use plastic packaging on complimentary guest toiletries with eco-friendly refillable dispensers.
Partially used guest soap bars are collected for “Soap Aid” for reprocessing into fresh, hygienic soap bars for distribution to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas. Soap Aid is a not-for-profit organisation committed to saving lives through improved hygiene and education while positively impacting the environment.

Building the Eco Resort
Designed and built to the strictest of environmental standards, Green Island Resort set a benchmark and has many unique features that make it one of the world’s most eco-sensitive.

Structurally, all resort building and infrastructure (e.g. boardwalks) were built with minimal vegetation clearing, and in many cases, around trees. No building extrudes above the tree canopy, therefore preserving the natural appearance of the island from the water, shoreline and air.

Buildings are linked with raised timber boardwalks to eliminate problems with compaction and erosion. These raised boardwalks also allow wildlife, like native ground birds, to move freely along the forest floor and do not interfere with tree root systems. The gaps between the boards allow rainwater to fall freely to the ground to replenish the freshwater lens beneath the island.

Rainwater is vital to the survival of the rainforest plants on the island. Buildings have several features designed to maximise the amount of rainfall that falls onto the island. For example, gutters and other rain catchment devices are prohibited. Steep roofs help channel the rain to the ground.

Swimming Pools
The depths of the swimming pools are limited to 2.2 metres (about 7 ft) so they do not interfere with the water table beneath the island.”