Building a luxury resort in a coral cay rainforest isn’t easy! A lot of planning goes into making Green Island Resort one of the world’s most eco-sensitive. Structurally, all resort building and infrastructure (e.g. boardwalks) were built with minimal vegetation clearing, in many cases, the structures were built around the trees. No building extrudes above the tree canopy, therefore preserving the natural appearance of the island from the water, shoreline, and air.
The majority of the Resort’s structures have no gutters ensuring that the rainfall is allowed to fall and replenish the moisture levels required to support vegetation from the island aquifer. The Resort uses its own desalination plant in order to preserve the limited natural underground fresh water. Only ecologically sound toiletries are provided, sourced locally where possible.
The resort has a tertiary sewage treatment plant, one of the most sophisticated of its type in Australia. This safe, high-quality effluent is used primarily for toilet flushing, irrigation and firefighting reserves, to further minimize the impact on the environment.
The resort is self-sufficient for power which is provided by a solar plant, with diesel generator support. All noisy equipment is enclosed in a soundproof building to prevent noise pollution.
Waste Management & Recycling
Waste disposal on Green Island is prohibited and all waste is barged back to the mainland for disposal, therefore the re-use of materials where possible is strongly encouraged. Single-use plastics are being phased out, with multi-use cutlery or biodegradable plastic alternatives being used. The Resort has been honored with numerous awards for its eco-sensitive practices including, Australia’s Clean Beach Challenge, and Resource Conservation and Waste Management Awards.
Staff & Guests
Green Island Resort’s employees are all locals committed to customer service and educating guests about the Great Barrier Reef. When our guests go on to become eco-ambassadors for the Great Barrier Reef, they bring that awareness to their local communities around the globe, effecting change.
Green Island Resort has been awarded Advanced Ecotourism Certification for preservation and commitment to the island’s rainforest and reef surrounds, and the management of this world-class eco-sensitive resort.