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.
Heron Island is located off the Queensland city of Gladstone. It is beautiful island, famous with divers world-wide for its crystal clear water and diving and snorkeling right off the island itself.
There is a range of accommodations from bunkhouse to beachside units with private facilities.
The Barrier Reef’s fragile ecology is taken seriously. Heron is the only international resort on the Great Barrier Reef exclusively devoted to island guests.
The Great Barrier Reef consists of a tangled maze of reefs and islands stretching two thousand kilometres along the Queensland coast. It is the largest coral reef system in the world and the richest in biological diversity and in fact, of the 1500 species of fish to be found on the Reef, you’ll find 1200 of them right here off Heron.
The special thing about Heron Island is that you walk straight from the beach to the Reef’s edge. The waters are literally teeming with marine life. You can explore living coral just minutes from your room. On other islands the Great Barrier Reef experience is limited to a day-trip.
A Heron Island vacation has that rare excitement of nature with all the comforts of an international resort. You can watch a mother turtle lay her eggs in the sand right outside your door, in season. Or enjoy some of the best reef diving in the world.