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Beach near Heron Island Resort in Queensland, Australia

Discover How to Get to Heron Island

Heron Island Map and Directions

COVID Update
Thermal imaging and temperature checks will be conducted on arrival for check-in at the Gladstone Marina. Guests presenting with flu like symptons and a temperature in excess of 38.1°C may be denied boarding and asked to postpone their holiday. Additional hand sanitising stations will be accessible for guests and staff as well as common areas frequently cleaned and sanitised. Guest numbers will be restricted on the Heron Islander to meet guidelines with hand sanitiser available for guest use onboard. The Heron Islander is cleaned several times per day including before, after and during each voyage. Additional changes may be implemented without notice.

Set 72kms   off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Heron Island boasts accommodation in a stunning location: a natural coral cay surrounded by 24 hectares of coral reef at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island is famous around the world for its’ spectacular coral reef, extraordinary variety of aquatic life, nesting turtles, migrating whales and as a breeding sanctuary for an abundance of bird life. At Heron Island you are very much a guest of the natural environment. 

Here, you can snorkel straight off the beach into the crystal-clear aquamarine waters all year round. 

Heron Island is also a PADI 5-star dive destination with 20 sites easily accessible by boat within minutes of the jetty.

Heron Island Resort in Queensland, Australia

Travel to Heron Island

Getting to Heron Island and the Great Barrier Reef takes just a little bit of planning, but it’s well worth the effort. The nearest urban centre and commercial airport is located 72kms from Heron Island in Gladstone. Regular flights to Gladstone are available via Brisbane with either Qantas or Virgin Australia. For an online map of Gladstone click here.

We Highly Recommend Travel Insurance

Our remote and unique location makes for the perfect holiday destination, HOWEVER, it’s important to note that travelling to paradise comes with risks that are out of our control, and yours. For this reason, we highly recommend that all of our guests purchase travel insurance prior to travelling. Please take the time to review your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered in the unlikely event that your travel plans are disrupted due to weather or acts of god.

Heron Island Resort in Queensland, Australia
Beach near Heron Island Resort in Queensland, Australia

Transfers From Gladstone

Once in Gladstone, you have a choice of three transfer options to get to Heron Island itself.

  • Boat from $75
  • Seaplane 
  • Helicopter from $449 one-way on a return ticket
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