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Heron Island

Heron Island, Via Gladstone , Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Classic Preferred Hotel

Heron Island


Insider Tip

Guests visiting in December-January can often see turtle hatchlings making their way to the sea. Those coming June-October may be able to see humpback whales just offshore.

Hotel Overview

Secluded location
Nestled on its own island, this secluded resort is set amid the Great Barrier Reef, 72 kms east of Gladstone, Queensland.
Modern guest quarters
Contemporary-styled accommodations are distributed around the island; all have refrigerators, ceiling fans, and balconies or terraces.
Activities available
Reef walks, birdwatching hikes, and all meals are included; scuba diving, sunset cruises, and other activities are also available.

Amenity highlights:

With direct access to the Great Barrier Reef, the resort is a haven for divers, who can engage in day dives, night dives, beginner sessions, and PADI referral courses. Less adventurous guests will enjoy the rotating schedule of guided reef walks, island ecology tours, and birdwatching excursions. After the sun goes down, stargazing, marine documentaries, and movies under the stars keep guests entertained until it's time to retire.The resort's stunning surroundings are also on display from a restaurant, lounge, and outdoor pool. An air-conditioned presentation room provides a fun gathering spot for evening movies and televised sporting events, while an on-site spa offers signature treatments that use marine elements and natural botanicals to soothe sore muscles and uplift the spirit.

What to expect:

Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this resort sits atop a coral cay just off the Queensland Coast, near the town of Gladstone. Palm trees, white-sand beaches, and extensive coral gardens underscore its pristine setting and serve as the focus for a variety of nature-oriented activities.


Heron Island, Via Gladstone , Great Barrier Reef, Australia


GLT - Gladstone



Turtle Room
One queen bed (may also have one or two single beds). Duplex unit with terrace and garden view. Refrigerator, coffeemaker, and ceiling fan.


  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Extra towels/bedding in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Welcome amenities


Property Amenities

The following list of amenities are available on-site. Fees may apply.

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Arcade/game room
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Banquet facilities
  • Bar/lounge


Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit is required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in, cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Rates include buffet-style breakfasts and lunches and three-course set dinners, including a weekly seafood smorgasbord.
Shearwater Restaurant
Wicker furnishings, ceiling fans, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide an appropriately tropical ambience in this non-smoking restaurant, which is open for buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, three-course table d'hote dinners, Saturday seafood buffets, and midweek Aussie barbecues.
Pandanus Lounge & Baillie's Bar
This comfortable cocktail bar features a dance floor, a mezzanine-level library, and an outdoor terrace with panoramic reef views.


With no other development around, the resort is blessed with a wealth of wildlife, both on land and in the surrounding waters. Guests join complimentary reef walks, ecology hikes, birdwatching excursions, and visits to a nearby research station. Stargazing, wildlife presentations, and snorkeling lessons in the outdoor pool are also included. For divers, the resort offers a full menu of adventures, including day dives, night dives, PADI dive courses, and day-long adventure dives (surcharges apply). Fishing trips, helicopter flights, seasonal turtle-viewing excursions, and coral-viewing cruises in a semi-submersible craft can also be arranged for additional fees. A children's program provides supervised activities for kids aged 7-12 during Australian school holidays (surcharge applies).The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
  • Fishing
  • Helicopter/airplane sightseeing
  • Motor boating
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Whale-watching