Bed & Breakfast
‘Exclusive Island Getaway’
Heron Island is an exclusive island for guests only. Nestled beautifully on an idyllic coral cay, the resort is unlike others in that it is directly located on the Great Barrier Reef - meaning you can quite literally snorkel off of the island in to the crystalline waters beyond. Heron Island caters for both couples and families with rooms specifically designed to accommodate for every need. Couples will adore the furnished balconies and their easy access and views of the sea, while parents will love the idea of an extra bed or two for their little ones. The resort itself only takes twenty minutes to walk around, yet there is so much to do here – from delicious dinners at Shearwater Restaurant – to the abundance of wild-life and exotic marine inhabitants. Turtles return to the area year after year to lay their eggs and guests are invited to watch the hatchlings make their way to water. June is another exciting prospect when whales pass by the island on their annual pilgrimage.
In Our Opinion
‘Beautiful, unspoilt Heron Island calls lovers, families and nature buffs to its stunning surroundings. This is an exclusive resort where every need is catered for. The diving spots of the Great Barrier Reef are a sight to behold and there are 20 distinguished sites in the surrounding area.’
Located near the beach within a grove of trees, the Beach House is an expansive abode which offers filtered ocean views from its furnished private patio. The interior of the Beach House is spacious and elegant. There is a streamlined, expansive separate living area with a work desk and modern – plush couch. From here guests are treated to a pastoral bedroom complete with en-suite bathroom facilities such as a bathtub, shower and vanity. The Beach House also provides a private boardwalk with direct access to the beach.
The Beachside Suite offers filtered views over Heron Reef and is set in a prime location with access to both the beach and the exotic reef. The suite provides seamless indoor-outdoor living as a spacious deck area moves in to a pleasant living area that holds two large daybeds and an oversized cane chair. Separated from the living room by a sliding door, the bedroom is quaint yet vibrant.
Point Suites are perfectly positioned to offer unparalleled views of the reef. Spacious, with a generous living area, the Point Suite has its own large dressing room-come-walk-in wardrobe. The interiors are decorated in pristine white tones and a princely timber ceiling. The indoor areas move seamlessly along in to an en-suite bathroom with a spacious shower. Outside guests are treated to their own lawn and resort gardens, as well as deck area that is perfect for sunset viewing.
The Reef Family Rooms can be found in two locations either close to the jetty, resort facilities and near the marine centre and along the walking path to Shark Bay at the eastern stretch of the resort. Guests are offered water views through a canopy of beachside trees and shrubs. Light and modern, the interior of these rooms are elegantly decorated with light hues and subtle tiled flooring. A sliding door separates the beds, of which there are two single beds and a queen bed.
Reef Rooms are nestled on the beautiful North Beach. These rooms are bathed in modern décor and offer a light and comfortable aura. The bathrooms are streamlined and elegant, while the combined bedroom and living area faces conveniently towards the water.
Located only a short walk away from the beach and conveniently close to the central resort facilities, the Turtle Family Room is located on the ground floor and offers vibrant hues. The interior consists of a queen size bed and two single beds located in the same spacious room. Outside there is a timber deck and outdoor area, ideal for late night relaxation under the stars.
The Turtle Room is a comfortable, compact room located in a tropical garden made up of exotic Pisona trees. The interior is furnished with rich wooden features and tiled flooring with a combined bedroom and small seating area. Outside there is a timber deck and lush outdoor area. The Turtle Room is conveniently located near the North Beach.
Situated within a secluded garden, the Wistari Suite features spacious interiors with rich wood and tile amenities. The bedroom is spacious with a plush king size bed and an updated en-suite bathroom with vanity and shower. The lounge area is pleasant and has comfy seating furnishings. The exterior of the suite has a private outdoor terrace with wooden furniture and a two-person hammock. The Wistari Suite is also conveniently located a short distance away from the central resort facilities, reef and jetty.
Guests wanting to experience the incredible diving opportunities must bring a completed Australian standard medical with them.
Bed & Breakfast
Located 44 miles north east of Gladstone, off the coast of central Queensland. Unlike other resorts, Heron Island lays claim to being a resort on the Great Barrier Reef.
Heron Island Transfer Options
Regular flights to Gladstone are available via Sydney & Brisbane, once at Gladstone there is a choice of transfer options to get to Heron itself.
The Heron Islander provides a comfortable & spacious transfer from the mainland to Heron Island taking approximately 2 hours. The schedule for the Heron Islander departs Gladstone Marina at 11:00 hours and arrives at Heron Island at 13:00 hours. It departs Heron Island at 13:00 hours and arrives at Gladstone Marina at 15:45. A transfer from Gladstone airport will take you to the marina.
Why not begin your holiday by catching a scenic seaplane flight between Gladstone and Heron Island and experience a unique perspective of the Great Barrier Reef. An amazing and alternative way to arrive into Heron Island in both style & luxury. The scenic seaplane transfers will allow you to watch tropical islands from above, spot whales, sharks or turtles and view amazing turquoise reef formations before landing on beautiful Heron Island!
The Cessna departs from Lake Ahwonga, a 20 minute transfer from the Gladstone Terminal, as this aircraft must take-off & land in water. Shared transfers are provided in either a Lexus or Hummer and are included within the flight rate. This aircraft is boarded via a short step ladder (3 steps up) and upon arrival and departure from Heron Island, guests will alight the seaplane in the tropical shallow water up to knee height.
Not suitable for anyone with serious mobility issues.
The Beaver is amphibious, this means it can take-off from the Gladstone Airport and land in the water adjacent to Heron Island, therefore no transfers are required. This aircraft is boarded via a short step ladder (3 steps up) and upon arrival and departure from Heron Island, guests will alight the seaplane in the tropical shallow water up to knee height.
Not suitable for anyone with serious mobility issues.
Heron Island welcomes families with children of all ages and offers the following facilities and services to ensure they have an enjoyable stay.
• Units can accommodate between 1 and 2 children
• Medical facilities available on site
Beach & Sea
• Beach is safe
• Shallow, gradual entry in to water
• Water temperature is around 18 degrees in July/August and 29 degrees in the summer
Ages allowed: 7 - 12
Opening times: operates in Australian school holidays September to October
Cost: $15.00 per child, per day attended
• A babysitting service is available on the island
Our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable travel concierge team are available to talk you through any questions, queries or concerns you may have about planning your next holiday. If you’re ready to start that conversation now, call us on 01204 867 139 but if not, schedule a call in with us below and a member of our concierge team will phone you to help you plan the holiday you deserve.