Quicksilver Group NewsJuly 27th, 2009
Green Island – Go Bush on an Island
Green Island was named by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) as one of the top 10 Bushwalks in Queensland and with a circumference of just 1.6 km, Green Island is home to over 120 species of plants, including a mixture of coastal and rainforest plants.
Of the 300 coral cays in the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is the only one with a rainforest and this along with the diversity of plant life makes it a unique and special rainforest walk.
Great Adventures has developed a self-guided eco walk on the island. The coastline of the island is ringed by short, scrubby coastal vegetation that can survive the drier conditions along the beach, but a few steps into the centre of the island and the vegetation changes to a dense, shady vine-thicket rainforest.
Tony Baker, Managing Director of the Quicksilver Group said “It is wonderful that Green Island National Park with the already awarded Cleanest Beach in Far North Queensland, is now recognised as one of the top bushwalks in Queensland. Great Adventures has always been dedicated to showcasing the whole of this unique island from a reef and rainforest perspective and our self guided eco walk map highlights the commonly found trees, seeds with interesting facts. Respect for the traditional owners of Green Island (Gungganyji Aboriginal) is also highlighted with indigenous uses of flora being a great point of interest enhancing appreciation of Indigenous culture and history.”
To learn more about Green Island’s amazing history the walk also includes an interpretative boardwalk. From the cultural history, shipwrecks, the first visitors and the development of tourism are highlighted in six languages.