Heron Island Resort

Heron Island
Sunset Picnic
Snorkelling
Heron Reef Room
Snorkel
Jetty
Common Lounge
Swimming Pool
Baby Turtle
Snorkelling
Heron Junior Rangers
Shipwreck
Turtle Room
Heron Beachside Suite
Turtle at Sunset
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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.

Overview

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.

Accommodation

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.

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 OR 1 King Bed + 2 Day Beds OR 1 Queen Bed + 2 Day Beds. Maximum room capacity is 5 Adults & Children.

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.

Dining

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.

Facilities

  • 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

Activities

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.

Children

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

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Many improvements at Heron Island

We have been visiting Heron Island for the past 8 years and are pleased to say we have noticed many improvements in this last stay. The food in the restaurant has improved significantly, staff in all areas more friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is more positive. We are hoping that there not too many changes however to the beautiful natural environment that makes Heron Is so unique.

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Leisa Stranback

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Nature and live music won out despite windy weather!

We travelled to Heron Is for the first time in March 2020, and had a rollicking trip over as the swell was up because of the cyclone! The customer service officers at Gladstone Marina advised us that it would indeed be rough sailing and that the normal diveboat tours would not be operating for the next few days. We were offered a postponement, but we decided to go. Once at the island, we were further advised we couldn't get snorkelling gear either due to safety concerns, so one of the key island activities was unavailable. However, we persevered and enjoyed the terrestrial activities and, in particular, were blown away by the sophisticated and unique sounds of the resident musicians at the Baillie Bar of an evening - Brett and Kate (from well known Sunshine Coast-based band Dubarray). Brett's hip hop inspired rhythms and Kate's atmospheric vocals blend in such a unique way! Their clever mix of live and electronic sounds perfectly matched the chilled out atmosphere and beautiful sunsets. The Staff were great - food was great - and package we had was very affordable. We did get to snorkel on the inshore reef on the last 2 days, despite less than perfect visibility, and swam with a turtle and a lemon shark! And seeing turtle hatchlings break out to the sea was an incredible experience! - the hatchlings and the well selected live music really made our Heron Is getaway - and more than compensated for the unlucky weather. Next time we will check the forecasts more carefully though.

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