|Green Island from the Jetty|
I mean, propelling a perfectly good hat into the sea wasn't some kind of superstitious ritual, was it? Did he perhaps think it meant we wouldn't have to wait another 20 years before our next visit??
|The Beach from the Rainforest Boardwalk|
But changes to the island landscape since 1770 are far greater than those observed by Pilchard and I after our 20-year hiatus! Green Island's new (to us!) interpretive boardwalk charts the effects of human interaction – and the changing demands for its resources.
From Guru-Gulu Gungandji Indigenous people's hunting and initiation ceremony site to present day recreation area of reef, resort and National Park has been a long and bumpy road for this beautiful spot.
|Green Island Beach|
|The Sea from the Esplanade - Green Island|
20 years ago, you got a Green Island cruise or day-trip – now it's a Green Island 'Eco-Adventure', although weirdly, most activities haven't changed … and neither has the snorkelling equipment!!! How jealous would my friends have been in the early 90's to hear about my Eco-Adventure!!
20 years ago you were left to your own devices upon arrival on the island – now, there are warnings for the aged. Apparently a high risk group, tourists aged 50+ (aka 'old') are encouraged to alert the lifeguard when entering the water in case the exertion is too much. Although the only danger I faced was from Pilchard himself when I offered to tell the lifeguard that he was about to go snorkelling.
|Rocks at Low Tide, Green Island|
Sitting on a shady beach after the trauma of keeping our reef fish wraps and chips** from the hovering anxiety of a brace of Buff-banded Rail, we watched a pod of whates frolicking for a good 30 minutes before they moved out of sight. Then, another pod was spotted from the return ferry. Happily not required for scientific testing that day, the whales were free to cavort for the Aussie, American, French and Japanese photographers lucky enough - and thrilled - to capture them on film.
A stunning end to a fabulous day, our return to Green Island had certainly picked up from its inauspicious beginning.
|Cairns from the Green Island Ferry|