Heron Island is a true coral cay surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. Lot of activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, reef walks and much more.
All activities can be booked at the Heron Island Resort.
You can also just take a walk around the island. There are lots of birds in the trees, and if you’re lucky you can watch rays and sharks very close to the beach.
The one and normally only reason most people end up on Heron Island is to dive the Great Barrier Reef. Be it with the P& O Resort or the Research Station which occupy this coral cay on the outer reef.
It has some superb dive sites that are reached by a short boat trip. My recommendation is the Blue Pools where I saw turtles, reef sharks, rays and a huge array of fish. If you don't have a dive ticket you can sit a PADI course or snorkel directly from Shark Bay where you will see all the creatures I mentioned from the dive.
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All accomodation at Heron is sold as full board and the restaurant provides a huge variety of local produce as well as international cuisine. If you like to snack between meals bring supplies with you as the prices in the bar and shop are steep or be sure to take extra fruit/yoghurt/baked goods from the buffet at meal times to keep in the fridge in your room.
Favorite Dish: My tip is that if you head here try to include a Saturday night, thats the seafood buffet night which usually includes prawns,bugs,oysters and mussels.
During certain times of the year, like March/April, baby turtles hatch from their nests in the sand. This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Just go to the beach around dusk and see these babies pop out of the sand! Although you aren't allowed to interfere with them, some people get emotional when they see the seabirds trying to eat them and shoo the birds away. If you're excited by the circle of life, look towards the ocean and notice the sharks waiting for the turtles....hey they have to eat too!Check the website for other animal events.
Dress Code: I recomend barefoot!
Heron Island is located 70 km off the coast of Gladstone.
The high speed ferry departs Gladstone Marina at 11 am daily and takes approximately 2 hours to reach Heron Island.
One of the best aspects of Heron Island is the amazing wildlife. From the baby sea turtles hatching to the beautiful birds (including Herons), this is a photographer's dream come true. I have been to the island three times and until the last trip I never had a camera that was good enough to capture the beauty of the island.