The Great Barrier Reef is home to many beautiful islands

Each offering an abundance of wildlife, sandy beaches, coral gardens and much more to explore.

The Great Barrier Reef islands are an absolute must see when travelling to Cairns.

Even when visiting Cairns on a budget, you still have a number of opportunities to explore popular islands, including Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Franklin Island.

No matter the Cairns island you choose to visit, you’ll have ample time to scuba dive, snorkel and discover the beautiful scenery.


Green Island

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Green Island


Green Island is among one of the most popular Great Barrier Reef islands, as it’s home to a coral cay. With a trip to Green Island, you’re able to take a small walk around the coral cay to view the sandy beaches and coral gardens. The island also offers a lush rainforest for an amazing escape from the hustle of everyday life. Hosting an abundance of wildlife both onshore and off, you’ll view nature at its finest. If you choose to dive into the water, you’ll find adventure in the coral gardens as you swim right next to the incredible marine life.


Fitzroy Island

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Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island


Another popular island for visiting Cairns on a budget is Fitzroy Island, offering a remarkable rainforest and white coral beaches. Here, you’ll find many sporting activities, scuba diving, and much more. The protected marine park sits on the continental shelf, but remains insight of Cairns. The island is surrounded by a fringing reef, providing excellent scuba diving and snorkeling tours.


Frankland Islands

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Frankland Islands


The Great Barrier Reef is also home to Frankland Islands, where you’ll have an unforgettable experience. Not only are Frankland Islands home to a colourful and vibrant rainforest, but it’s also surrounded by an amazing fringing reef.

You’ll view a diversity of life on the island and in the surrounding water– from birds to giant clams. For a true tropical experience, Frankland Islands is the ideal place to go.

To make the most of your adventure to the islands, scuba dive or snorkel the tropical waters to discover the coral gardens.


Just because you’re visiting Cairns on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on exploring the Great Barrier Reef islands.

With a number of Great Barrier Reef islands to choose, you’ll have the perfect holiday as opportunities to explore nature are found both on land and in the water.