Heron Island Resort

Heron Island
Sunset Picnic
Heron Reef Room
Common Lounge
Swimming Pool
Baby Turtle
Heron Junior Rangers
Turtle Room
Heron Beachside Suite
Turtle at Sunset

Deals & Packages

Property Info

Please note that Heron Island Resort is undergoing a full refresh program! All rooms are getting new paint, refreshed bathrooms and updated furnishings. This work is ongoing and will have no affect on guests.


Heron Island offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit couples, groups and families. The resort style rooms offer configurations to suit families while the suites and beach house provide a more intimate holiday experience with picturesque filtered ocean and reef views.

Accommodation on Heron Island offers 109 rooms within five distinct grades and each is excellently appointed with a range of amenities. To provide a more relaxed and authentic island holiday experience, there are no disruptions from televisions and phones however telephones can be arranged for certain room types. They call it 'digital detox', with little or no phone or internet you can truly escape the real world to discover the serenity of Heron Island.

Heron Island accommodation is designed to offer guests an extra special stay with some rooms offering personal touches like bathrobes, slippers and coffee plungers, a CD player and an excellent selection of magazines. Ideal for a romantic getaway or family holiday, Heron Island is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty and wonder of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


All Rooms Feature:

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Beach Towels
  • Ironing facilities
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Umbrellas
  • Hair Dryers

Turtle Room: Turtle Rooms are located in a garden setting on the ground level, featuring a nice timber deck and outdoor area. These comfortable, compact rooms are situated closer to North Beach. Rooms size is 22.79m². Bedding is 1 Queen Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

Turtle Family Room: Located just steps from the beach and central resort facilities, including the pool, these compact yet comfortable rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens at ground level and feature an outdoor area and deck. Room size is 26m². Bedding is 1 Queen Bed + 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 5 Adults & Children. Further charges may apply for the 5th person occupying a rollaway bed.

Reef Room: Located near the beach, these light and comfortable rooms offer filtered water and reef views with a living area which extends out to a private balcony or garden. Bedding is 1 Queen Bed + 1 Day Bed. For travel to 31 March 2020 - maximum room capacity is 3 Adults & Children. For travel from 01 April 2020 - maximum room capacity is 4 Adults & Children.

Reef Family Room: Located near the beach, these light and comfortable rooms offer filtered water and reef views with a living area which extends out to a private balcony or garden. Bedding is 1 Queen Bed + 2 Single Beds OR 1 King Bed + 2 Day Beds OR 1 Queen Bed + 2 Day Beds. Maximum room capacity is 5 Adults & Children. Further charges may apply for the 5th person occupying a rollaway bed.

Beachside Suite: Located on the beachside on absolute beachfront, these spacious and light suites offer direct access to the reef and beach. Double glass sliding doors lead to a large balcony offering filtered views of the Great Barrier Reef. Bedding is 1 King Bed and 2 Day Beds. Maximum room capacity is 4 Adults & Children.

Beach House: Located on the beachside amid a shaded grove, this house offers direct beach access via a private boardwalk and filtered ocean views. The spacious interior opens out to a furnished private patio and outdoor shower. Bedding is 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed + a rollaway bed. Maximum room capacity is 4 Adults & Children.

Point Suite: Offering uninterrupted views of the sunsets and Great Barrier Reef, these suite enjoy easy access to resort facilities, spacious interiors including living area, and an expansive outdoor terrace. Bedding is 1 King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.

Wistari Suite: Offering maximum privacy and filtered ocean views in a secluded garden setting these spacious suites enjoy furnished private outdoor terraces and hammocks. Bedding is 1 King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults & Children.


Shearwater Restaurant: Offers a delectable evening menu and a delicious buffet selection for breakfast and lunch. Relax an spend an afternoon on the north-facing veranda and watch as the forever evolving landscape changes. Heron Island does showcase mother nature at her best! A picnic hamper service is available on request. All dietary requirements can be catered for with adequate notice prior to arrival.

Baillie's Bar: Cafe style items are available from Baillie's Bar from 10.00am to 5.00pm. The bar and lounge offers a range of cold drinks, snacks and cocktails in the entertainment lounge, mezzanine library and dance floor with panoramic reef views. This is the best place to watch the sun go down with drink in hand.

Pandanus Lounge: Providing the ultimate venue for local entertainment, Pandanus Lounge is the perfect place to sing and dance. The atmosphere is "beach casual" and performances occur several nights of the week.


  • Daily activity sheet - The Heron Times
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach towels
  • Day Spa
  • Board games
  • Guest laundry facilities
  • Safety deposit facilities
  • Public telephones
  • Conference facilities
  • Marine Centre & Dive Shop
  • Resort Shop
  • Heron Kids Junior Rangers Program


There are numerous complimentary activities to immerse yourself in and unearth the natural beauty of Heron Island. These include Guided reef walks (operate daily subject to tides), Island ecology walks, Guided bird life walks, Wildlife presentations, Educational slide shows. Snorkelling lessons (in swimming pool) are also available to guests.

If you're seeking a little more adventure, additional (chargeable) activities available on Heron Island include Snorkelling excursions to the reef edge, Kayak and snorkel gear hire, Junior Ranger & Junior Ranger Plus Program for kids 7 to 12 years, Semi-submarine coral viewing cruises, Diving tours activities and classes, Fishing trips (seasonal), Sunset Cruises, Beach Picnic Hampers, Spa treatments at the Aqua Soul Spa, Turtle Tour (peak nesting times December - April) and Stargazing.

Day Spa

Aqua Soul Spa: Offering a relaxing and indulgent range of signature therapies, each is designed to nurture physical and emotional well being with a dynamic blend of ingredients to restore and rejuvenate.


Heron Kids Junior Rangers & Junior Rangers Plus: Offering an exciting array of fun yet educational activities and experiences for children aged 7-12 years, the program is designed to teach children about caring for their environment. The program operates during Australian eastern seaboard school holidays. Junior Ranger operates - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday while Junior Ranger Plus operates - Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Outside school holidays Junior Ranges runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday and requires a minimum 2 children (maximum 12) to operate.

The kids enjoy hands-on activities and have the chance to earn a colourful collection of 15 badges. They'll get 'up close and personal' with a wonderful variety of marine creatures and explore the fascinating coral cay forest and woodlands. During turtle season (November to April), they can even join the Queensland Turtle Research program's research and monitoring activities.

Fees apply of each session (approximately 1.5 hours or 4.5 hours duration) for each Junior Ranger or Junior Ranger Plus participant with fees generating funds for the Queensland Turtle Conservation Program. Fees include Junior Ranger activities, workbook and badges.

Additional Information

Children: 3-12 years are charged the child rate.
Check In: 3.00 pm
Check Out: 10.00 am
Reception: 8.30 am - 7.00 pm
Sea Turtle Foundation: An optional $10 contribution to non-profit Sea Turtle Foundation to help care for wildlife on the island is added to all rooms upon check in and may be removed from your bill on check out
Address: Heron Island via Gladstone, Queensland Islands




Ratings are averaged based on 213 reviews.

Amazing island destination

Revisited heron for 4 nights/5 days - having stayed 15 years prev - this time with some of our family. This resort’s biggest asset is the sea life and birds. The resort was the same but that’s okay because it’s the surrounds, activities and staff who really make this place so special. Breakfast, dinner, snorkelling gear included in the tariff. The marine centre has very good equipment and the staff are so helpful to fit you out with your gear for the duration of your stay. They also have guest showers, towels on the day of check in or checkout for snorkelling/swimming when you your arrive or before you leave. We did 3 snorkelling tours - excellent value at $50pp - we went to 3 different locations. This time of year was excellent for turtle laying, hatching, bird breeding. We upgraded to point suite which was fantastic for afternoon sunsets but the other rooms - beachside suites and turtle rooms are more than adequate. We spent each day exploring and swimming and snorkelling and afternoons at shark bay before heading back to our room for sunset. This is a must for your bucket list. We hope to come back with all of our family in the next year or two. A very memorable experience. The other plus is no phone reception or wi fi so we were not distracted by our electronic devices. There are public phones to check in with loved ones if you need. Keep doing what you’re doing Heron Island. We are some of your greatest fans.


Beautiful diving and snorkelling, exceptional wildlife

We had an incredible stay at the resort at the height of turtle and bird nesting season. The birds were highly entertaining and Rachel at the Information Centre was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about them and the turtles that were nesting and also the inhabitants on the reef. Plenty of turtles laying eggs and hatchlings to watch scurrying down to the beach. Diving and snorkelling from the boat was amazing and the reef was so healthy and full of life - turtles, reef sharks, rays and thousands of various fish. Already planning to go back next year at the same time!


Good news - bad news

Water, marine life (especially turtles), reef are all amazing.

The birds and the overwhelming stench of their droppings is awful. Also, the constant noise day and night does not allow much sleep.

The reception, shop and office are air-conditioned.

The restaurant, Baillies Bar/Cafe and cabins are not. A small fan in each cabin does not cope with Queensland heat. There is no respite for guests from the heat. Common areas at least should be air-conditioned.

The pool area also needs shade sails and a fence.

The staff were very friendly and helpful.


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