The Great Barrier Reef Swim is held annually in conjunction with at Heron Island.

Whether you are an accomplished swimmer or complete novice, all swimming levels are catered for with an emphasis on having fun and simply enjoying the stunning marine life in crystal clear waters. Stunning coral gardens and sea creatures great and small flourish in abundance and colour, making Heron Island an ideal place for swimmers.

Accompanied by well-known, highly respected coaches as well as a vast array of marine life, there is no better place to swim around an island right on the Great Barrier Reef than at Heron Island.

Great Barrier Reef Swim: 23-27 October 2014

Event Highlights

  • Swim clinics with Olympian Graeme Brewer (Friday, 24 October 2014)
  • 1km swim (Saturday, 25 October 2014)
  • 3km swim around the island (Sunday, 26 October 2014)
  • Closing party and celebration  
  • A number of complimentary nature activities

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals incuding daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Return boat transfers between Gladstone and Heron Island
  • Welcome drinks
  • Goodie bag with 2014 Great Barrier Reef Swim merchandise


  • Children 12 years and under stay and eat free*
  • There will be no kids race in 2014 and children 13 years and under are not allowed to enter the swim events
  • Children between 14 and 18 years need to complete a manadatory swim clinic with Olympian Graeme Brewer prior to the swim events, assessing capability to compete.

Getting to Heron Island

Thursday, 23 October 2014

  • 11:00 am - Departure from Gladstone Marina
  • 1:00 pm - Arrival at Heron Island

We recommend a flight arrival into Gladstone Airport no later than 10:10 am. If you’re making your own way to Gladstone Marina you’ll find it at Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone.

Monday, 27 October 2014

  • 9:30 am - Departure from Heron Island
  • 11:30 am - Arrival at Gladstone Marina

The launch service from Heron Island connects with flights departing Gladstone from 12:40 pm onward.


  • From $924 AUD* per adult (based on Turtle Room, twin share)
  • Upgrade to a Reef Room for only $46.50 AUD* per adult per night or a Beachside Suite from $113.50 AUD* per adult per night.
  • Extend your stay either before or after the event with our special rate starting from just $169.50 AUD* per adult per night.

Download the Heron Island Ocean Swim Program of events here!

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For more information on the 2014 Great Barrier Reef swim, contact our friendly reservations team on 1300 863 248 or

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