Heron Island

Heron Island Departing Gladstone

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Book your holiday to Heron Island and visit one of the most spectacular locations of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, all while exploring a remote island, snorkelling directly off the shore and having a luxurious experience like no other! Our Heron Island holiday packages help you out so you don’t have the stress or worries… more time to just relax!

HERON ISLAND SPECIALS – For sale & Travel until: 31 March 2018
25% off accommodation PLUS half price boat transfers!*

Daily buffet breakfast
25% saving on all rooms
Access to half price boat transfers – children travel for just $15.50 and adults travel for just $31 each way
Children 12 years and under stay and eat breakfast for FREE*
Priced from $124 per person, per night, twin share

This ‘2 for 1’ offer gives access to boat transfer rates at half the price of normal retail rates per person. Normal retail rate is $64.00 per adult each way, and $32.00 per child each way. REMINDER: The above rates of $32.00 per adult and $16.00 per child, each way, are inclusive of discount. No further discounts are applicable.  EXTRA CHARGES: An environmental management charge (EMC) of $6.50 (ex GST) per person daily (for guests 5 years and older) to a maximum of $19.50 per person per stay will be charged direct to guests. Not available 22/12/17 – 16/1/18

Heron island is a coral cay out on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Step off the beach and the Great Barrier Reef awaits. No long boat trips – just you, a snorkel and flippers and your personal encounters of the marine kind. At low tide you can look for star fish, sand cleaning sea cucumbers, sapphire lipped clams and the world’s largest population of the pint sized epaulette sharks! There are 21 dive sites all within 15 minutes of the island (accessible by the islands’ dive boat) to see some of the most beautiful parts of the reef.

Visit the Heron Island Research Station which is part of the University of Queensland, which guests can visit during their stay and learn more about the marine life of this incredible place.

Heron Island has the resident population and is a breeding ground for Green and Loggerhead turtles, while being home to seven of the nine turtle species in the world! See the reef from the air, underwater, at low tide and through glass bottom vessels. Throughout the year see whales, dolphins, rays, reef sharks, groper, fish, turtles, maori wrass and over 1,000 species of marine life!

If you’re looking for a specific number of nights and accommodation, or have a family, we can put together customised packages to suit your needs and budget!


What is there to do on Heron Island?

– Semi-submaries
– Scuba diving in spectacular locations (over 20 dive sites!)
– Fishing Charters
– Snorkelling – direct from the island beaches on the Southern Great Barrier Reef
– Sunset Cruises
– Beach picnic hampers
– Spa treatments
– Kayaking
– Guided star-gazing with binoculars and telescopes
– FREE Guided walks over the reef, island ecology walks, bird spotting walks, wildlife presentations
– FREE Snorkelling lessons in the pool
– Trivia Nights
– Gift and souvenir shop, plus clothing, snacks and beach essentials
– Kids rangers program during school holidays

Where is it located?

Heron Island is a 2.5 hour ferry trip from Gladstone.

Gladstone is a 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Agnes Water, a 6 hour drive from Brisbane (alternatively, a 1 hour flight), or a 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Rockhampton.

What time will I get onto the island?

Ferries depart Gladstone every day (except Tuesdays, Thursdays & Christmas day) at 2pm.

You arrive on Heron Island by 4:30pm.

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Prices subject to change at any time without notice.
Prices may not be valid for peak times.
T&C’s may apply.
Updated 1.11.2016 by h.atkins