Heron Island: Everyman’s Barrier Reef Island
Heron Island is a natural coral cay located 72km off the coast of Queensland – 2 hour by boat or 30 minutes by seaplane or helicopter from Gladstone. Situated in the midst of the famous Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a snorkeling and diving paradise with abundant and colorful marine life, just steps off the beach. Heron Island is a unique ecotourism destination for travelers of all ages and abilities.
As a National Marine Park situated in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Protected Area, Heron Island is an important habitat for many species. A variety of wildlife visits the island at different times of the year depending on breeding, foraging and migratory movements. Heron Island is a protected sea turtle nesting ground and one of the few places where the eco traveler can watch sea turtles nesting and hatching. It’s also a breeding and nesting sanctuary for a huge variety of birds and, during some months, thousands of migratory birds call Heron Island home. The resort’s Naturalist Guides encourage guests to learn about the flora and fauna of the island and witness activities such as nesting and hatching during guided tours.
Heron Island offers a variety of accommodation from Turtle Rooms, set amongst the Pisonia Forest which comes alive with birds during nesting season, to the secluded Point Suites – an ideal place to watch the sun set. Taking top place are the Beach House and Superior Point Suite which boast plenty of space and privacy to get away from it all or entertain family and friends. All guest rooms and cottages feature outdoor balconies and terraces to allow guests to take in nature at their own pace.
Come and spend your time exploring one of the best reef ecosystems in the world with us!