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Heron Island

The first sight of Heron Island (only 72 kilometres from Gladstone and described as ‘the ultimate reef experience’) sends the spirits soaring, with a coral drop perched in an infinity of blue.

Heron Island is a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef and lies in the Tropic of Capricorn 70 kilometres north of Gladstone.

Rated as one of the best diving locations on earth, the reef is practically at your doorstep. The island is also a sanctuary for thirty species of birds including 100,000 Black Noddy Terns and Reef Herons.

Among the music of seabirds, tracks of turtles and multi-coloured clouds of fish, the feeling that you’re a guest of nature itself is inescapable. Reef walking, snorkelling, diving, viewing underwater life from the coral submarine, watching the sun set over the ocean – you become part of a community caught up in the timeless evolution of the world’s largest living thing – the Great Barrier Reef. The resort offers several standards of accommodation designed to suit all tastes and budgets.

Activites and Experiences at Heron Island

  • Accommodation There is a Resort on Heron Island with various levels of accommodation.
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Beach Being a Coral Cay the island is surrounded with pristine white beaches.
  • Medical Facilities The Resort does have nurses on standby.
  • National Park The island being part of the Great Barrier Reef is a National Park.
  • Restaurant As part of the resort facility there is a licensed restaurant.
  • Swimming Pool There are a couple of pools located within the resort complex.
  • Tennis Court Tennis facilities are located on the island.
  • Visitor Centres To help visitors to the island there is an information centre as part of the resort complex.
  • Beach Being a Coral Cay the island is surrounded with pristine white beaches.
  • Cruise You can day trip to Wilson or take a sunset cruise.
  • Diving Introduction courses are available with the more experienced diver also catered for.
  • Eco Tourism Heron Island has an abundance of natural flora and fauna in a pristine environment.
  • Educational University of Queensland’s research station studies the delicate ecology of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Fishing There are designated fishing areas and trips can be arranged with catch cooked freshly.
  • Flora and Fauna Heron Island has an abundance of natural flora and fauna in a pristine environment.
  • Historic/Heritage The Island has had a colourful history from it’s origins as a turtle cannery to the Internationally acclaimed resort that it is today.
  • Island
  • Marine
  • National Park The island being part of the Great Barrier Reef is a National Park.
  • Nature based Heron Island has an abundance of natural flora and fauna in a pristine environment.
  • Reef Heron Island is a coral cay and you can walk from the beach right onto the reef.
  • Water based Reef walks, glass bottom vessels and a sea safari are just a couple of the options you have for a water based adventure.
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

Nearest Airport: Gladstone Airport

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