Opportunities for adventure abound on Heron Island. Spend your vacation exploring the island and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef, either on complimentary guided walks or longer day trips and nature tours. For families, nature-lovers, and lovebirds alike, Heron Island is a dream destination where the notion of being bored is pure blasphemy. Many of the island’s activities are listed below.

Contact Heron Island with any questions about activity details or scheduling, or book your action-packed holiday today.

Complimentary Activities

  • Guided reef walks
    A stunning one-hour walk out to the edge of the reef that lets you in on its secrets
  • Island ecology walks
    Learn how the island maintains its ecological balance
  • Guided birdlife walks
    Discover some of the 19 birds that visit or live on Heron Island
  • Wildlife presentations
    Researchers from the island's Research Centre chat to guests about their research
  • Snorkeling lessons in the swimming pool
    Get the basics of snorkelling sorted before taking on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Nature slide show presentations and marine documentaries
    Get to know the natural secrets of the island without getting your feet wet
  • Stargazing
    Enjoy a guided tour of the southern night sky. Binoculars and a telescope are provided.
  • Trivia night
    Enjoy some friendly competition as you try to outwit the other guests

Other Activities

Check the Resort Charges PDF for pricing.

  • Dive the Great Barrier Reef
    Explore more than 20 dive and snorkelling sites, including the Heron Bommie, one of Jacques Cousteau's favourite dives!
  • Fishing Charter
    Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman, or it’s your first time, your Captain and crew will make your day fishing on the Great Barrier Reef an unforgettable experience.
  • Secrets of The Reef Flat Guided Tour
    For those with a thirst for knowledge who want to see some rarely seen reef creatures, you can extend our complimentary walk to journey from the reef flat to the reef crest, rarely explored by most people.
  • Half-Day Reef Snorkelling Tours
    See a kaleidoscope of coloured fish and coral on Heron and Wistari reefs, all within easy reach of Heron Island.
  • Heron and Wistari Reef Cruise
    Enjoy the reef without getting wet on our reef cruise, with our naturalist guide providing commentary.
  • Turtle Tour
    Join a Turtle Tour to spot turtles nesting and hatchlings (peak nesting times are December through to April).
  • Junior Ranger Program
    Inspire your children to become eco warriors. The Junior Rangers Program is available for children from ages 7 to 12 years old (only available during Australian school holidays).
  • Sunset Cruises
    Watch magnificent sunsets from around the reef (adults 18+ only, selected departure dates).
  • Beach Picnic Hamper 
    Enjoy a specially prepared meal at any spot you choose on Heron Island.
  • Spa Treatment 
    Indulge yourself with a relaxing spa treatment (or a couple of them) at the Aqua Soul Spa.
  • Fishing Trips 
    Sensational half-day and full-day trips are available to locations such as Lamont, Fitzroy and Broomfield reefs.
  • Wilson Island Day Trip
    Explore nearby Wilson Island and be castaway for a day. Take a day trip to the small coral cay with nothing but naturally beauty surrounding you.
  • Kayaking
    See the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef from a different perspective. Meet rays, sharks and tropical fish while you surround Heron Island in a kayak.