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Heron Island Resort on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Heron Island Resort on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Property Information:

Heron Island Resort is located in the Great Barrier Reef and can be reached by staying guests (no daytrippers) via launch transfer from Gladstone in Queensland. Heron Island is a coral cay with coral surrounding the island, this makes it a great destination to directly swim off the beach into an endless garden of coral where you'll find many beautiful coloured fish and marine life.

As this island is not for daytrippers, staying guests will experience Heron Island exclusively. There are no buildings above the tree line so you'll have an unique experience to explore and discover the natural attractions the island has to offer. Experience a relaxed island lifestyle with a casual resort atmosphere.

» Information on Wilson Island: Click this link.

Island AerialCentral Complex

  • Restaurant, Lounge & Bar
  • Day Spa
  • Wireless Internet
  • Safety Deposit Facilities
  • Internet Kiosk
  • Postal Service
  • Public Telephones
  • Daily Activities Program
  • Flora & Fauna Literature
  • Departure Showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court and Table Tennis
  • Board Games
  • Resort Boutique
  • Guest Laundry Service
  • Conference Facilities

Shearwater RestaurantPandanus Lounge & Bar


  • Guided reef walks
    (operate daily subject to tides)
  • Island ecology walks
  • Guided birdlife walks
  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife presentations
  • Nightly movie and marine documentary
  • Snorkelling lessons in swimming pool
  • Tennis (night & day) & table tennis
  • Natural history slide show
  • Trivia night
  • Movies under the stars
    (subject to weather)
Charges Apply
  • Snorkelling excursions to the reef edge
  • Junior Ranger Program - children 7-12yrs
  • Semi-submersible cruises + commentary
  • Pool tables
  • Diving tours, activties and classes
  • Diving and fishing charters
  • Fishing trips
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Sunset wine & cheese cruises
  • Beach Picnic Hampers
  • Spa treatment at the Aqua Soul Spa
  • Turtle Tour (December - April)

» Sea Turtle Foundation - Heron Island: Guests staying at Heron, please click this link.

bar pool restaurant

Accommodation Information:

Heron Island offers 6 different types of accommodation options:

Turtle Rooms - which are set back from the beach and surrounded by Pisona Trees with nesting birds, all rooms are at ground level and feature a large deck and outdoor area. Family rooms are also available which can accommodate 4 people.

Reef Rooms - which are located at North Beach of the island, they have a spacious living area which opens out onto a terrace or balcony. Reef rooms are also available in Family rooms accommodating 4 people.

Heron Beachside Suites - with filtered ocean views and direct access to the beach, these suites have a separate bedroom and living area with large balcony.

Wistari Suites - these are located in a private garden setting, spacious interior with king bed and private outdoor terrace with a hammock.

Point Suites - these are in a prime located with views of the ocean and reef, they offer modern comforts and are spacious and include an outdoor terrace with sunlounges.

Beach House - only one of, located at North Beach and with direct access to the beach and reef, they have air-conditioning with separate bedroom and the ensuite features a bath and shower.

  • A balcony or terrace
  • Ceiling fans
  • A refrigerator
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Ironing facilities
  • En-suite bathroom with shower hairdryers
For Point and Wistari Suites and The Beach House
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Coffee plungers
  • A mini bar
  • Evening turndown service
  • Air-conditioning 

Interior of Turtle RoomsInterior of Reef Rooms

Interior of Heron Beachside SuitesWistari Suites

Interior of Point SuitesInterior of Beach House

fans hair dryer tea and coffee

Location Information:


By Boat

The boat transfer departs only once per day from Gladstone, it takes approximately 2 hours to get to Heron Island.
Guests flying into Gladstone Airport on the morning to arrive to Heron will receive a bus transfer to the marina.

Guests arriving by car to Gladstone will need to make there own way to the marina. There is sercure parking at the marina however it is strongly recommended to pre-booked this, contact is for details.

For guests arriving on a later flight, will need to find accommodation for the evening in Gladstone, contact us for bookings.
Alternatively, there is a Helicopter Service that can transfer you to Heron Island that same day.

Transfer Options Duration One Way
per person
per person
Reef Voyager Launch 2 hours Adult: $50.00
Child: $25.00
Adult: $100.00
Child: $50.00

Rates valid till 31 March 2015

Boat Transfer Times
Gladstone to Heron Island   Heron Island to Gladstone
Depart Gladstone Airport Depart Gladstone Marina Arrive Heron Island Depart Heron Island Arrive Gladstone Marina Arrive Gladstone Airport
10:00 11:00 14:00^ 14:00^ 15:45 16:00
^Heron Island operates 1 hour ahead of Eastern (Queensland) Standard Time all year round.

Dates Mon Tue
Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 - 30 Apr 2014 running running running running running running running
1 - 26 May 2014 running - running - running - running
27 May - 26 Jun 2014 Heron Island Seasonal Closure
27 Jun - 18 Sep 2014 running - running - running - running
19 Sep - 10 Oct 2014 running running running running running running running
11 Oct - 18 Dec 2014* running - running - running - running
19 Dec 2014 - 31 Jan 2015 running running running running running running running
1 Feb - 31 Mar 2015 running - running - running - running

*Boat will not operate on 24, 25, 26 October 2014 due to the Heron Island Ocean Swim or on 25 December 2014 (Christmas Day)

fishing scuba diving snorkelling