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 Exclusive Special Price Offer –  Travel April 1st 2019 – September 30th 2019

  • Take advantage of our 20% discount
  • Accommodation from $170 per person, twin share
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Two course a la carte or buffet dinner
  • Snorkelling equipment for two adults
  • 1 Sunset drink (beer or wine) for two adults
  • Complimentary guided island Eco Tours
  • Kids 12 years and under stay and eat breakfast & dinner free
  • Discounted Heron Island boat transfers
  • NEW BOAT SCHEDULE – Stay longer on Heron Island!
    From 3-Apr 2019 the Heron Islander boat will have you arriving on the island around midday!

IMPORTANT: When you enquire, please let us know your available dates, how many people, age of children, and the type of accommodation you prefer (budget, middle range or up-market) ENQUIRE NOW T & C’s apply and subject to availability. Sale starts March 1st 2019. Peak period 10% surcharge 19th April  – 22nd April 2019

What are the Prices for accommodation on Heron Island?

Price shown are during low season, per room per night and include breakfast daily. All prices are in AUD and will be confirmed before any payment is processed.
Every accommodation includes:
A balcony or terrace with umbrella, Ceiling fans, Refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, Beach towels, Ironing facilities, Extra pillows and blankets, En-suite bathroom with hairdryers, Airconditioning*, Bathrobes & Slippers* (*Point Suites, Wistari Suites, and The Beach House only).

Turtle Rooms
$347 for up to 2 people are in a tropical garden setting close to amenities, these cabins are at ground level with a deck and en-suite.
Turtle Family Rooms (cabins)
$360 for up to 4 people Larger cabins with a deck and outdoor area, plus en-suite.
Reef Room
$445 for up to 3 people Close to the beach with reef and water views through a canopy of trees. The living area extends outdoors to a balcony or garden plus en-suite.
Reef Family Room
$473 for up to 5 people Same as Reef Room
Beachside Suite
$589 for up to 4 people Absolute beach front with direct access to the water and reef views. Villa-style inclusions, double glass sliding doors connect the bedroom and living areas with a balcony generous bathroom, and king size bed plus divan.
Wistari Suites
$695 for up to 2 people. Lush garden setting, Wistari Suites offer total privacy. Air-conditioned spacious interiors with living area, separate sleeping area, king size bed or twin beds plus en-suite and terrace.
Point Suites $812 for up to 2 people. Set in a premium grass-front position, uninterrupted reef views and magical sunsets. Air-conditioned, and featuring a king size bed or twin beds, an en-suite, dressing room, living room plus large terrace.
The Beach House $865 for up to 4 people Only one Beach House is available on Heron Island. Set amongst a grove of trees with direct beach access. Air-conditioned, and featuring a separate bedroom, king size bed, divan, en-suite, living area and private patio.
Superior Point Suite $1350 for up to 4 people. Set in a premium ocean facing position with uninterrupted reef views and magical sunsets. Air-conditioned, with a spacious lounge.

When you enquire, please let us know your available dates, how many people and the type of accommodation you prefer (budget, middle range or up-market) ENQUIRE NOW



Adults $64 each way, Children $32 each way. The Heron Islander operates every day with the exception of Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Christmas Day. The boat departs the Gladstone Marina located at 98 Bryan Jordan Dr, Gladstone Central. We recommend you pre-book secure car lock-up facilities, and will give you the details with your Heron Island booking.

Seaplane and helicopter transfers to Heron Island are provided by third-party operators, but can be conveniently booked through our Reservations Team. Helicopter from $449 return. Seaplane from $349 per person one-way.


Pay on arrival $6.50 per person per day EMC (for first 3 days only).
These Government Environmental Charges are for the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reed Marine Park.

Things  to do on Heron Island

– Semi-submarines
– Scuba diving in spectacular locations (over 20 dive sites!)
– Fishing Charters
– Snorkeling – 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 Snorkeling lessons in the pool
– Trivia Nights
– Gift and souvenir shop, plus clothing, snacks and beach essentials
– Kids rangers program during school holidays

Where is Heron Island 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 arrive at Heron island?

Ferries depart Gladstone every day (except Tuesdays, Thursdays & Christmas day) at 10am.
You arrive on Heron Island by 12:30pm.

What time will I leave Heron island?

Ferries depart every day (except Tuesdays, Thursdays & Christmas day) at 1:15pm.
You arrive in Gladstone by 3:15am.

MORE INFORMATION: 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!


Prices subject to change at any time without notice.
Prices may not be valid for peak times.
T&C’s may apply.
Updated 21.2.19 by lb