Heron Island Resort

Heron Island
Sunset Picnic
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
  • 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. Room size is 21.85m². 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. Room size is 19.68m². 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. Room size is 44m². 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 and 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. Dietary requirements can be catered for with adequate notice prior to arrival.

Baillie's Bar: The bar and lounge offers a range of cold drinks, snacks and cocktails in the entertainment lounge, mezzanine library and outdoor terrace with a giant chessboard and panoramic reef views. This is the best place to watch the sun go down with drink in hand.


  • 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 activities to immerse yourself in and unearth the natural beauty of Heron Island.

The following activities are free of charge:

  • Guided Island Walk
  • Guided Reef Walk (tide dependant)
  • Guided Bird Walk
  • Stargazing
  • Guided Turtle Walk
  • Turtle Hints Presentation
  • Nature Presentations
  • Researcher Presentation (subject to availability)
  • Snorkelling Lesson

The following activities are available at a charge:

  • Snorkelling excursions to the reef edge
  • Kayak hire
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding tours
  • Junior Ranger Program for Kids
  • 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)

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: 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 Junior Rangers Program runs during the Queensland school holidays. Contact Reception when you're settled in to find out days and times or to make a booking.

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.

Additional Information

Children: 3-12 years are charged the child rate
Check In: 3.00 pm
Check Out: 10.00 am
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 248 reviews.

Fab location can't be beaten for snorkelling, turtles and marine life!

This was our second stay on Heron. This time we went to see the turtle hatchlings, and we weren't disappointed! It was a wonderful experience and highly recommended, as is the wonderful snorkelling in and around the reef. The variety of marine life—turtles, fish, sharks, rays, and the reef itself are all just spectacular, as is the bird life (if you can cope with the noise—day and night, bird poop, and smell).
The facilities are a little worn around the edges, but we can see it is a constant battle for staff to keep the place pristine in such a tropical environment, and after all it is a nature reserve so all that goes with that territory, so no complaints there. The staff are always friendly and go out of their way to provide exceptional service. I will say this though... Our last visit was 2 years ago and the Shearwater Restaurant (the only place to eat) had an a la carte lunch and dinner menu. This time it was buffet for breakfast and dinner, and lunch was the same very limited menu for the entire week! The buffet breakfast was great but the dinner buffet was hit and miss mosts nights. For families this type of meal is probably the go, but for adults only it wasn't great, and to be honest we both don't eat enough to justify the hefty price per person for a buffet of dishes that were not that appealing... And if you're on a tropical island snorkelling and being active all day, food becomes even more important, particularly when on holiday!
I really hope they get their act together and turn around the poor lunch choices, and return to an a la carte dinner menu. Also, there is nowhere to just get a snack. They used to offer pies and toasted sandwiches at Baillies bar, but no more. Oh dear. sorry this is all about the food! But it was such a disappointment. That said, Heron is still a wonderful holiday destination and I recommend it to everyone. We will certainly be returning (may have to bring our own fruit, veggies and sandwich maker!)


An Island resort plus!

Sea, sand, safe snorkelling with deeper reef diving for the more ambitious and comfortable accommodation. Plus, an extremely interesting insight into the research on the world's reefs and the effect on our everyday way of life. The birds can be a little overpowering so, if this could be a problem, choose a time when they have migrated, but you will miss the turtles. Our only negative was the food. Good range and presentation but the preparation was well below our expected standard.


Booking Coas


Heron Island was amazing and most things were great.

However on arrival at the ferry terminal they did not have our booking.

They only let us on because I have all of the booking documentation and some people did not show up.

When we arrive they had our booking date wrong they had 15/2/23 to 19/2/23.

After speaking to you guys they fixed it.

Even if they had our dates wrong it does not explain why we were not book on the ferry.

It was very stressful.


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