Green Island Underwater Observatory
Places of Significance - Cairns Regional Council

The Green Island Underwater Observatory has historic significance. It was installed in 1954 and demonstrates aspects of the evolution of tourism associated with the Great Barrier Reef, a major Australian tourist destination and a place inscribed on the World Heritage List. At the time, the observatory provided a view of sea life that was not readily accessed by a public who were yet to widely embrace the experiences of snorkelling and scuba diving. The facility's popularity began to wane in the mid-1980s as more sophisticated tourist experiences were introduced.


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