Green Island National Park

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Green Island National Park
Queensland
IUCN category II (national park)
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Green Island National Park is located in Queensland
Green Island National Park
Green Island National Park
Nearest town or city Cairns
Coordinates 16°45′35″S 145°58′28″E / 16.75972°S 145.97444°E / -16.75972; 145.97444Coordinates: 16°45′35″S 145°58′28″E / 16.75972°S 145.97444°E / -16.75972; 145.97444
Established 1937
Area 12 ha (30 acres)
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Website [<span%20class="url">.qld.gov.au/parks/green-island/index.html Green Island National Park]
See also Protected areas of Queensland

Green Island National Park is a protected area declared over a small (12 ha) coral cay of Green Island, Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[1] It is known to the local Gungganyji Aboriginal peoples as Dabuukji. The Gungganyji people used the island as an initiation ground.[2]

It is 27 km offshore from Cairns (1394 km northwest of Brisbane), Queensland, can be accessed by a choice of boats leaving daily from Cairns, and is reputed to be the most visited (popular) island National Park within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.[3]

Park features[edit]

Green Island is a true coral cay formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef. The island is covered in tropical vine forest which supports a diversity of birds and insects. The surrounding coral reef is home to many kinds of corals, clams, fish, stingrays and other reef life. Green and hawksbill turtles are seen offshore.[3] More than 60 species of bird are found on the island.[2]

Green Island has been a popular tourist resort for more than a century. The island became a national park in 1937,[2] a marine park in 1974 and part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in 1981. Today the island, reef and beaches are managed together as a recreation area.[3]

Camping on the island is not permitted. A small luxury resort is built on the island with daily ferry services providing access.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green Island National Park (entry 14741)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Explore Queensland's National Parks. Prahran, Victoria: Explore Australia Publishing. 2008. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-74117-245-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service Webpage Accessed 20 November 2007

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