Heron Island is located near the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 km from Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, and 460 km from Brisbane.
This evergreen coral cay is situated on the Great Barrier Reef, which means you can snorkel right off the beach. It is named after herons which are part of the rich bird life that inhabits the island. Heron Island is a World Heritage-Listed Marine National Park and offers some of Australia’s best dive spots just 15 minutes off the shore. It’s a protected habitat for a stunning variety of wildlife. Each year from October to March, Heron Island becomes a breeding home to hundreds of Green and Loggerhead turtles. It was truly an unforgettable experience for all of us to be part of it.
Heron Island is a wonderful place for family vacation. Our son got to participate in “Junior Rangers” program for children aged 7-12 years. It offers range of exciting hands on experiences, guided reef walks, bird watching and more.
Heron Island is not affected by stinger season unlike northern part of Great Barrier Reef (from November to March) therefore you can enjoy snorkeling all year round without the need of Lycra suit.
Resort offers very basic facilities (there is no tv nor cellular connection). We stayed in beach-side suite which was more than our family of three needed. If you book a package it usually includes boat transfer as well.
HOW TO GET THERE
You will need to book a flight to Gladstone either from Sydney or Brisbane (these routes are operated by Qantas and Virgin Australia). Guests arriving into Gladstone are provided with a transfer from the airport to the marina. Just make sure your arrival to Gladstone is no later than 12:40 pm because there is only one departure a day. It takes approximately 2 hours by boat to reach Heron Island. Another option is by seaplane. Here you can find more detailed information.