Heron Island Resort

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

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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 112 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. 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 the Suites offering personal touches like bathrobes and slippers. 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 or 1 King Bed + 2 Day Beds. Maximum room capacity is 5 Adults & Children.

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. 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. Maximum room capacity is 5 Adults & Children.

Beachside Room: Located on the beachside on absolute beachfront, these spacious and light rooms 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 + 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 + 1 Day 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 a la carte 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
  • Internet access in dining venues and Reception (fee)


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 241 reviews.

Relaxing and Enjoyable.

A fascinating island. Food was expensive but tasty. The glass bottom boat trip was cancelled. Maybe a informative video could have replaced this. Staff were helpful but more were needed. Clean and comfortable rooms but there appeared to be music, drinks and partying late at night in staff accommodations near guest cabins behind (157 and 158) which made it hard to sleep some nights. Would go again but would pay extra for beach from cabin.


I just want to come back !!

I don't know what all the bad reviews were about ! If you know what your getting which is a beautiful island absolutely surrounded by beautiful reef.. animals and all the marine life one could hope for .. you know you aren't staying in a posh 5 star resort !! Food was great .. nice options that changed every night . Few things ran out but no problem !
Brekky buffet I recommend going earlier but nonetheless it's free and you get what you need .
Partner had the best battered fish for lunch he's tried in a long time .
We stayed in the wistari suite .. it was everything you needed. Cold aircon..working fans.. good water pressure.. birds that came up to your little balcony everyday.
The staff were friendly .. front desk weren't always as helpful as they could of been. But nonetheless we had the best trip and we can't wait to come back !!


Heron Island

Basic resort, but catered for all our needs. I would only recommend Heron if all you want to do is Dive, snorkle or lye in the sun, otherwise theres not a lot to do. Do not go if you dont like birds, as they are everywhere and noisey. The snorkling is great, you see so much, just off the beach, sharks, rays, turtles and lots and lots of different fish.
We stayed in a beachside room and that was very nice, great sea breezes, if you can afford it, its much better than a Turtle room.
A good buffet breakfast every morning, but get there early as they run out of certain things. A good priced snack bar and lunch menu, just wish they had some of the things from the lunch menu on the dinner menu. Overall a great beach holiday.


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