Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Here, guests can swim straight off the sandy beach to an endless garden of coral, where the waters are literally teeming with beautifully coloured fish and marine life. The family-friendly resort has 109 guest rooms, and facilities include a reception hall, hotel safe, currency exchange, Internet access, laundry service and, for an additional fee, a kids' club. Conference facilities are also available. Launch transfer: The launch operates daily between Heron Island and Gladstone Marina. A complimentary coach will transport guests between Gladstone Marina and Gladstone Airport. This service does not operate on Christmas Day.
Covering 18 hectares, the island lies on the Tropic of Capricorn (23 degrees south of the equator), 72 km north-east off the coast of Gladstone, central Queensland. It is 534 km north of Brisbane and 1,183 km south of Cairns. Heron Island operates 1 hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) all year round. Gladstone Airport is approximately 72 km from the resort.
The resort has a total of 109 guest rooms in 6 different grades to offer a peaceful stay. They are The Beach House, Point Suites, Wistari Suites, Heron Beachside Suites, Reef Suites and Turtle Rooms. All the rooms are well furnished and include a hairdryer, radio, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, an ironing set and a balcony or terrace.
Guests may enjoy diving or pool/snooker (fees apply for both). Tennis is also available, and the resort has an outdoor swimming pool.
Shearwater Restaurant offers breakfast and lunch in buffet style, while dinner features a 3-course table d'hote, Saturday seafood buffet and mid-week Aussie BBQ. Pandanus Bar and Lounge features panoramic reef views with a cocktail bar, entertainment lounge, dance floor and a mezzanine level library area.
Major credit cards are accepted (1% surcharge).
Launch transfer: The launch operates daily between Heron Island and Gladstone Marina daily. A complimentary coach will transport guests between Gladstone Marina and Gladstone Airport. This service does not operate on Christmas Day. HELICOPTER: Australian Helicopters* depart Gladstone Airport daily on demand during daylight hours. The flight time is 30 minutes.
Reception is open from 8:30 am to 7 pm (8:30 am to 6 pm during autumn/winter). Helicopter: Australian Helicopters depart from Gladstone Airport daily, on demand during daylight hours. The flight time to the resort is 30 minutes.
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