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Heron Island

Heron Island is nature’s wonderland located right on the Great Barrier Reef. A nature lover’s paradise with a vast array of marine life, you can swim straight off the beach or alternatively explore over 20 world class scuba diving sites.


Heron offers many activities such as guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises and private beach picnics. An amazing array of animal and bird life can be discovered throughout the year, including the delightful green and loggerhead turtles and migrating whales.
The island is world famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling. Here you can swim straight off the beach to an endless garden of coral where the waters are literally teeming with marine life. You can also experience some of Australia’s best dive spots - more than 30 dive sites are available, half of which are only 15 minutes from the beach. Or you can spend the day just lazing by the pool. The choice is yours.

At night there's live entertainment, dancing or a quiet drink at the Pandanus Lounge. Heron takes great pride in maintaining the highest standards of food and service.

If it’s school holidays, you can sign the kids up for the Heron Junior Rangers (7- 12 years), where they’ll get up close and personal with a wonderful variety of marine creatures, and explore the fascinating coral cay forest and woodlands.

At Heron Island, you won't see any buildings above the treeline, as the resort has been thoughtfully designed to blend with the surrounding environment. And you won't bump into any day-trippers either. The reef experience on Heron is exclusively for guests, a unique experience few other resorts in the world can offer.

A Heron holiday combines the rare excitement of nature with all the comforts of an international resort.

Style of accommodation

Heron Island has 109 rooms in a range of accommodation styles. Children stay and eat free, utilising existing bedding.

The Beach House

The Beach House offers a superior style of accommodation with a high degree of privacy. Set within a grove of trees, a private boardwalk provides access to the beach. Featuring a separate bedroom with spacious ensuite and an expansive living area, the Beach House is also fully air-conditioned. Guests receive a deluxe fruit basket on arrival and a sunset canapé platter and ice bucket is delivered each afternoon. The Beach House also offers its own private outdoor shower.

Point Suites

Set in a premium beachfront position with an outlook that offers uninterrupted reef views and magical sunsets, Point Suites are Heron's superior grade of accommodation, with air-conditioning and an interior designed for relaxation. A generous living area extends through glass doors to an extensive outdoor terrace where sun lounges can be found. Guests receive a deluxe fruit basket on arrival and a sunset canapé platter and ice bucket - perfect for pre-dinner drinks - is delivered each afternoon.

Wistari Suites

Wistari Suites are an excellent alternative for guests seeking maximum privacy. Located on the point and situated within a garden setting with ocean views, they feature spacious, air-conditioned interiors with contemporary design elements. A private outdoor terrace features stylish wooden furniture and a two-person hammock. Similarly to the Point Suites and Beach House, Wistari Suite guests receive a deluxe fruit basket on arrival and a sunset canapé platter and ice bucket each afternoon.

Heron Beachside Suites

Offering absolute beach frontage with direct access to the water and views of the reef, Heron Beachside Suites are generous in size with villa-style inclusions. Double glass sliding doors fill the room with natural light and connect both the spacious bedroom and separate living space to a large outdoor balcony.

Reef Suites

Positioned closer to the beach, Reef Suites offer filtered reef and water views through a canopy of beachside trees. The living area extends outdoors to a balcony or garden setting; interiors are light-filled, modern and comfortable.

Turtle Rooms

Located in a garden setting a short walk away from the beach, these cottages have a relaxed casual style. Built in duplex fashion with two rooms per block, all Turtle Rooms are at ground level and feature a large deck and outdoor area. Interiors are bright and fresh, compact but comfortable. Standard and Family Rooms are available.

Great Barrier Reef access

  • Coral cay with snorkelling straight off the beach
  • Guided reef walks
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing cruises with commentary by reef interpreter
  • Diving
  • Diving charters
  • Night dives
  • Adventure dives
  • P.A.D.I. dive courses
  • Scenic helicopter flights

Destination highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef location - true coral cay
  • Abundant and spectacular coral gardens, birdlife, turtles, fish and marine life
  • World-class diving
  • Aqua Soul Spa
  • Whale watching (September)
  • Scenic helicopter flights

Spa experience

Drawing its inspiration from Heron Island's dramatic Great Barrier Reef location, the Aqua Soul Spa is influenced by the rich and diverse beauty of the sea. Aqua Soul Spa has been created to enhance your health and well being by embracing the powerful healing qualities of the sea and earth. Indulgent and nurturing, each signature therapy (using Sodashi or Phytomer products) is a blend of marine and other natural elements designed to balance the physical and emotional body, refresh the mind and restore your natural energy.

Fact Box

Postal address: Heron Island Resort via Gladstone Qld 4680, AUSTRALIA

Telephone: +61 3 9413 6284 
Website: www.heronisland.com


Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Heron Island via Gladstone. Australian Helicopters depart Gladstone Airport for Heron daily during daylight hours. A launch service departs Gladstone Marina for the island once a day.

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