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Heron Island Resort

Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Here you can swim straight off the beach to an endless garden of coral where the waters are literally teeming with beautifully coloured fish and marine life.

There's a relaxed island lifestyle that sets Heron apart, a sophisticated yet casual resort atmosphere. Here the emphasis is on exploring and discovering the natural attractions that have made Heron famous around the world.

You'll enjoy some of the world's best reef diving. There's a choice of spectacular sites just minutes from the beach, and its a fantastic place to learn to dive.Heron Island Aerial

  • Getting to Heron Island

    Air ConnectionsDiving Heron Island

    Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Gladstone (GLT) with Qantas (QF). Gladstone is a 1 hour and 5 minute flight from Brisbane (or a 6 hour drive from Brisbane).

    Boat Transfers

    The scheduled boat transfer operates everyday except Tuesdays, Thursdays and Christmas Day.

    Arrival: The boat transfer departs Gladstone Marina for Heron Island at 2.00pm (subject to weather and tides). The scheduled coach transfer to Gladstone Marina departs Gladstone Airport at 11.30am approximately. Arrival flights to Gladstone Airport must land by 11.30am to get booked on the scheduled coach transfer    

    Departure: The boat transfer departs Heron Island at 10.00am and arrives into Gladstone Marina approximately two hours later (subject to weather and tides). The scheduled coach transfer to Gladstone Airport departs Gladstone Marina at 12.15pm approximately. Departing flights from Gladstone Airport must depart from 1.45pm to get booked on the scheduled coach transfer.    

    Boat Transfer Schedule from 3 April 2019

    Arrival: From April 3rd, 2019 the Heron Islander boat transfer will depart Gladstone Marina at 10:00 am arriving at Heron Island at approximately 12:15 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Guests will have access to their room at Heron Island Resort at 2:00pm.

    The scheduled coach transfer service will depart Gladstone Airport in front of the Airport Arrivals area for the Gladstone Marina at 8:30am and will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Arrival by air into Gladstone Airport is recommended prior to 8:00 am.

    Departure:From April 3rd, 2019 the Heron Islander boat transfer will depart Heron Island Resort at 1:15pm arriving back at the Gladstone Marina at approximately 3:30 pm. Guests will be required to check out of their room by 9:00 am and will have access to a departure lounge with showers available for their use until their departure from Heron Island.

    The coach transfer service will depart Gladstone Marina at 4:00 pm for Gladstone Airport (dependent on the boat arrival being on time) and will be available on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. For departure by air from the Gladstone Airport it is recommended that flights are booked no earlier than 4:45pm.

    Seaplane Transfer

    The scenic seaplane transfer takes 25 minutes and operates daily (excluding Christmas Day) between 7am and 4.30pm from Gladstone, and between 8am to 5.30pm from Heron Island subject to availability, tide times and weather conditions.

    Please allow 75 minutes prior to arrival and departure to allow for check-in procedures. Baggage allowance of 15kg per person (including hand luggage) applies. A minimum of 4 passengers per flight are required to operate.

  • Amenities

    Heron Island is an exclusive island for guests only (there are no day-trippers here!). Rooms are television-free and there is no mobile phone reception.

    Amenities on the island include:

    - Shearwater Restaurant serving buffet-style breakfast and lunch on the deck with views of The Coral Sea. You can enjoy a three-course ‘table d’hote’ menu for dinner five days a week and try an ‘Aussie BBQ’ on Tuesday nights and a selection of local seafood presented on a Seafood Buffet on Saturday nights.
    - A deep resort swimming pool.
    - Pandanus Lounge and Baillie’s Bar , with an outdoor terrace, a cocktail bar, entertainment lounge, dance floor and a mezzanine level library area
    - Aqua Soul Spa
    - Wireless internet
    - Safety deposit facilities
    - Internet kiosk
    - Postal service
    - Public telephones
    - Daily activities program
    - Flora & fauna reference literature
    - Departure showers
    - Board games
    - Shop
    - Guest laundry service and facilities
    - Marine parks interpretive centre
    - Registered nurse and first aid clinic
    - Dive Centre
    - Heron Kids Junior Rangers Program (7–12 years inclusive) available during Australia Eastern Seaboard school holidays

  • Accommodation

    Heron Island has a total of 109 rooms all featuring a balcony or terrace, ceiling fan, refrigerator, tea & coffee making facilities, beach towels, alarm clock, ironing facilities, ensuite with shower, hairdryers and umbrellas. To help guests leave the outside world behind televisions and telephones, while available on the island, are not found in guest rooms (telephones are available in Point Suites, Wistari Suites and the Beach House).

    The Beach House and Suites also feature a mini-bar, CD player and are air conditioned (except the Beachside Suites)

    Turtle Rooms

    Heron Island Turtle Room ExteriorLocated in a garden setting a short walk away from the beach. Built in duplex fashion with two rooms per block, all Turtle Rooms are at ground level and feature a large deck and outdoor area.

    Standard and Family Rooms are available


    Reef Room

    Reef Room, Heron Island - Dive Adventures AustraliaPositioned closer to the beach, Reef Rooms offer 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.

    Standard and Family Rooms are available.


    Heron Beachside Suites

    Beachside Suite, Heron Island, Queensland - Dive Adventures AustraliaOffers absolute beach frontage with direct access to the water and views of the reef. Generous in size with villa-style inclusions. Double glass sliding doors fill the room with natural light and connect both the bedroom and living space to a large outdoor balcony. Also boasts a large bathroom and an in-room CD player.


    Point Suite

    Point Suite, Heron Island, Queensland - Dive Adventures AustraliaPoint Suites are spacious in design and include a large ensuite and separate dressing room.

    A generous living area extends through glass doors to an extensive outdoor terrace where sun lounges, for the exclusive use of Point Suite guests can be found.


    Wistari Suites

    Witsari Suite, Heron Island, Queensland - Dive Adventures AustraliaAn excellent alternative for guests seeking maximum privacy. Located on the point and situated within a garden setting with ocean views. Interiors are spacious with contemporary design elements including a 3 seater couch and armchair and King Size bed in an area separate to living.

    A private outdoor terrace features stylish wooden furniture and a two person hammock.

    The Beach House

    Beach House, Heron Island, Queensland - Dive Adventures AustraliaOffers stylish accommodation with a high degree of privacy. Set within a grove of trees, a private boardwalk provides access to the beach.

    Air conditioned and offers a separate bedroom with spacious ensuite including a bath and shower. Contains an expansive living area including large sofa and a work desk with direct dial STD/IDD phone.

    The Beach House also offers its own private outdoor shower

  • Heron Island Activities

    Turtles, Heron Island, Queensland - Dive Adventures Australia

    With the magnificent reef surroundings, beautiful beaches and tropical island environment, there's no shortage of things to see and do on and around Heron Island. Including snorkelling and diving, reef and island walks and educational tours.

    Complimentary Activities
    * Interpretative reef walks (operate daily subject to tides)
    * Island ecology walks
    * Birdlife walks
    * Star Gazing
    * Wildlife presentations
    * Nightly movie & marine documentary
    * Snorkelling lessons in swimming pool
    * Tennis (night & day), including Table Tennis
    * Natural History Slide Show
    * Trivia Night
    * Movies under the stars
    * Nightly entertainment

    Heron Island beach Other Activities (Charges Apply)
    * Turtle viewing (peak nesting season: December to April)
    * Snorkelling excursions to the reef edge
    * Beach Picnic Hampers
    * Heron Kids Junior Ranger Program
    * Semi-submersible coral viewing cruises (commentary by reef interpreter)
    * Pool Tables
    * Scuba diving
    * MV Wahoo Diving and Fishing charters
    * Night dives
    * Adventure dives
    * Discover Scuba (1 day resort course)
    * PADI Dive Courses
    * Fishing trips
    * Scenic helicopter flights
    * Sunset wine & cheese cruises
    * Therapeutic massage

  • Diving Heron Island

    There are over 30 different dive sites around Heron Island, more than half of which are just fifteen minutes from the beach.

    Advantages of Heron Island:Diving Heron Island
    - Minimal time to dive sites (5-15 minutes)
    - Shallow dives available (18 metres maximum)
    - Long bottom times can be obtained (up to 45 minutes)
    - Buoyed dive sites
    - Stable platform style boats with shaded canopies
    - Dive masters dive all dives
    - Giant stride entries - exit via wide ladders
    - No carrying of tanks or weights at any time
    - All dive sites located within a Marine National Park
    - Highest quality dive equipment
    - Up to three dives per day
    - Two tank morning dives
    - Night and Adventure Dives

    Some noteable dive sites around Heron include:

    Heron Bommie

    One of the most photographed dive sites in the country. Resident marine life is fantastic including schooling jacks, Barracuda, Strawberry Hussars plus Moray Eels, Sharks, Eagle Rays and Mantas. This series of bommies is located 2 minutes from the harbour. 5-20 meters.Heron Island Manta Ray

    Walts Bommie

    Relatively flat sandy bottom surrounding a series of scattered bommies. The site attracts Green and Loggerhead turtles, Black and White Tip Reef Sharks and cradles a wealth of colorful Nudibranchs. 14 meters.

    Coral Grotto

    Affectionately known as the Turtle Grotto. You can see turtles everywhere. Asleep, swimming, feeding or just being Turtles. 8-18 meters.

    Gorgonia Hole

    Gorgonia and fan corals abound on the spectacular reef edge. Discover Mantas, Reef Sharks and Turtles. 7-16 meters.

  • Rates

    It's what you don't see around Heron that makes the resort so special. You won't see any buildings above the tree line 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.

    There are 6 styles of suites on the island, catering to all tastes and budgets.

    5 Night Dive Package – Price per person
    Valid for travel 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
    All prices quoted in Australian dollars & inclusive of 10% GST


    Travel dates (inclusive):
    03 April - 16 December 2018 / 14 January - 31 March 2019

    Room Type Turtle Room Turtle Family Room

    Reef Room

    Reef Family Room

    Beachside Suite

    Wistaria Suite

    Point Suite

    Beach House

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    Travel dates (inclusive): High Season minimum 3 night stay 
    01 – 02 April 2018 / 17 December 2018 – 13 January 2019

    Room Type Turtle Room Turtle Family Room

    Reef Room

    Reef Family Room

    Beachside Suite

    Wistaria Suite

    Point / Wistaria

    Beach House

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    INCLUSIONS: 5 Night Dive Package
    Room and breakfast,  return boat transfers ex Gladstone with shared scheduled transfer from / to Gladstone Airport, 6 dives plus 1 complimentary dive per person with tanks & weights.

    Does not include: scuba gear rental or night dives. Dives are not inter-changeable between guests. Terms and conditions apply. An additional Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 per person per day (for guests 5 years and older) to a maximum of $19.50 per person per stay will be charged directly. Terms and conditions apply.

    Please enquire for packages for Non Divers, children and shorter or longer durations.
    Seasonal specials may apply – contact Dive Adventures for a quote for your specific travel dates.

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