Heron Island Review – one of the Best Queensland Island resorts

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

Located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Protected Zone, Heron Island is one of the best Great Barrier Reef resorts for snorkelling, diving and seeing an array of wildlife both under the water and on land.  

Being a coral cay rather than an island, Heron Island is one of the very best places to explore the reef. While many islands in the Great Barrier Reef are close to the mainland, with Heron Island being two hours by boat from Gladstone, you’re in the very heart of the reef.  The waters surrounding the Island are some of the clearest on the reef and the conditions are pristine for viewing the spectacular coral reef and the abundance of marine life.  

In addition to the excellent snorkelling and diving, many people come to Heron Island to witness turtles nesting. Heron Island is an important nesting ground for the Green Turtle and Loggerhead Turtle and so here you can see these incredible animals nest and then some months later see the hatchlings waddle down to the ocean. 

Heron Island is also one of the best Queensland island resorts for families in terms of affordability. While Heron Island holidays are certainly not cheap, they don’t come with an inaccessible rate like many other luxury island resorts Queensland has. This makes Heron Island an excellent option for families wanting to stay at one of the Great Barrier Reef island resorts.

If you plan to visit Heron Island with the kids, then reading this Heron Island review is a great place to start. This Heron Island Resort review will help you plan your own family island getaway and ensure you have an awesome time at one of the very best Qld island resorts. 

Are you planning a trip to Queensland? Have any questions? Join our Queensland Travel Planning Facebook group here now! It’s the perfect place to ask any questions and to be inspired!

This post may contain compensated links. Please refer to my disclaimer here for more information.

Heron Island Review

Below I cover everything you need to know about staying at the gorgeous Heron Island Resort, Australia. It includes all the practical information about how to get there, accommodation, things to do as well as a few tips and hints to make your stay even more amazing.

Where is Heron Island?

Heron Island is situated in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef, around 72kms northeast off the coast from Gladstone. Gladstone is an hour flight away from Brisbane or about a 6-7 hour drive.  

More on how to get to Heron Island is below.

Things to do on Heron Island

As stated above, most people come to Heron Island for the incredible snorkelling and diving and to witness the turtles nesting. However, there are a few other things to see and do around Heron Island, including a few tours – all are covered below.

A quick note about the tours on offer – do yourself a favour and contact the Island a few days before arriving and book yourself into any of the tours you are interested in – or at the very least as soon as you check in. The tours book out very fast (even the free tours) and you may well miss out if you don’t book in advance.  

Heron Island Turtle Season

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

As mentioned above, Heron Island is a nesting location for the Green Turtle and the Loggerhead Turtle.  The turtle season is from October to May, and during this period you’ll have the opportunity to watch the turtles lay their eggs and the hatchlings make their way to the water. It is one of the most magical things you’ll witness on the Island.

To see the turtles nest, you’ll want to visit between October and March.  The best time to see the turtles come up onto the beach is at night, two hours on either side of high tide. From January until around May, is when you can see the tiny turtles hatch from their eggs and waddle down to the ocean. The best time of day to see the hatchlings is around sunset or sunrise.

During our stay on Heron Island, the high tide was early in the morning, which meant we could get up at sunrise and see turtles during the daylight. This was much easier than fumbling around in the dark. One morning, there was even a turtle still nesting at around 9.30 am.

A great way to see the turtles is to book yourself into one of the free guided turtle walks.  While you can see the nesting turtles on your own, this is a great opportunity to do so with an experienced guide who will provide information about the nesting process as well as general information about the sea turtles.

I didn’t get to do this tour as it was all booked out during our stay – not surprisingly really – everyone loves the turtles! However, I saw more than my fair share of turtles while on Wilson Island. But if you’re going to Heron for turtle season – this is one tour I’d book well in advance – even before your arrival. If you do miss out on a tour though – I’d recommend going to the beach at the tour time and following from behind – then you’ll still see all the turtles.

The free turtle walks are 1.5 hours in duration and generally occur early morning or late evening. Departure times vary, so check with the activity centre.  

Heron Island Snorkelling

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

Right off the beach from the Island is the most incredible snorkelling. The water around Heron Island is relatively shallow and crystal clear, so the visibility is excellent. The water is abundant with marine life, including turtles, reef sharks, rays and reef fish. We hadn’t even gotten off the ferry and saw a large turtle in the water. Then after checking in, we saw reef sharks, rays, more turtles and fish, just by standing outside the bar area.

Snorkelling off the beach is best done two hours on either side of high tide. As the reef is shallow, you really can’t snorkel during low tide – so plan your snorkel times accordingly. And if you’ve never snorkelled before, you can join free snorkelling lessons, which are held in the resort’s swimming pool.  All snorkelling gear, including life jackets, is provided free, just grab what you need from the Marine Centre.

While snorkelling off the beach on your own is easy enough, you can also join a guided snorkelling tour. Tours are 1.5  hours and include a 45 minute drift snorkel along the outer reef edge, where you’ll find more diverse coral and fish compared to the beach. We really wanted to do a snorkel tour while we were on Heron Island, but unfortunately, they weren’t running while we were there due to poor weather.

Snorkelling tours are $50 per adult and $35 per child (8-12) and depart at 9 am, 11 am and 2.30 pm.

Even if your kids aren’t into snorkelling, you’ll see a range of marine life from the water’s edge. One of my favourite things to do at Heron Island was to grab a drink from the bar in the afternoon and sit on the edge of the water, watching all the marine life swim past. It really is amazing how much you can see without even going in the water.

Heron Island Diving

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

The beauty of being in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef is there are around 20 dive sites easily accessible by boat within minutes from Heron Island. This enables divers to experience up to three dives each day.

There is a range of dive packages on offer at Heron Island, including all your required equipment. Diving trips can book out well in advance, so it is recommended to book well before your trip to avoid disappointment.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding Tours

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

If you’re not into snorkelling or diving, a great way to explore the reef is to take part in a kayak or paddleboard tour. From above the water, you’ll be able to see coral and marine life.

Tours go for one hour and cost $40 for a single kayak or paddleboard and $70 for a double kayak. Tour times vary, so check with the Marine Centre.

Semi-Submersible Tour

Another great way to see what’s underwater without getting wet is by taking the Semi-Submersible Tour. During the tour, you’ll see a range of marine life, including turtles, sharks and rays, as well as a range of coral. Tours are guided by a Naturalist Guide, who provides commentary throughout about the marine life and coral you see.

Tours go for one hour and cost $60 per adult and $40 per child. Tour times vary, so check with the marine centre.

Junior Rangers Program

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

If you have kids aged 7 to 12, you may want to consider putting them into the Junior Rangers Program while on Heron Island. The program includes a range of nature based activities such as bird watching, island walks and reef walks. The activities are constantly changing, but all encourage children to be more environmentally aware and cover topics such as the reef, forest, coral and wildlife.

The program only runs during the Queensland school holidays and all children attending the program will receive a workbook, a badge and a hat.

I didn’t have Myla with me while we were on Heron – but I did see a few other kids doing the program. It looked as though they were doing the free guided tours but in a child friendly way. So for older kids, they may as well just join the free guided tours. However, if Mum and Dad need a break without the kids, then the program may be just what you need.

The program costs $30 per child and runs for about 1.5 hours. Tour times vary, so check with the activity centre and book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Guided Island Walk

If you’re interested in learning more about the Island’s history, flora and fauna, then a free guided island walk is well worth it. On the walk, you’ll learn about the environmental factors that have contributed to the formation of the Island and the Island’s flora and fauna, including the birds and sea turtles that breed there each year. 

I did this walk and Andre was the guide – who was just fantastic – so knowledgeable! He explained everything in such an interesting and easy to understand way. He pointed out so many things I would have missed on my own, plus having the background information just made my time on the Island so much more interesting.

The free natures walks are 1.5 hours in duration and departure times vary, so check with the activity centre.

Guided Reef Walk

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

Another excellent free walking tour is the guided reef walk. On this walk, you’ll learn about the formation of the reef as well as some of the coral and marine life that call the reef home.

I wanted to do this tour as well, but unfortunately, they all were booked out. I did however, see a tour or two down on the reef, and after the few tours I did, I can only imagine how fascinating they would be.

The free reef walks are 1.5 hours in duration and departure times are dependent on tide times, so check with the activity centre. Ensure you have enclosed footwear for is tour.

Star Gazing Tour

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

With no light pollution, the visibility of the stars on Heron Island is amazing and a great way to learn more about the Island’s night sky is with a free stargazing tour. These tours take place at the Island’s Helipad, where a telescope will be set up so you can get close up views of the moon.

The free stargazing tours are 1 hour in duration and times are subject to weather conditions and cloud coverage, so check with the activity centre. Unfortunately, these tours weren’t running during my stay.

Nature Presentation

The Nature Presentation is something to consider for those short on time or who miss out on one of the guided walks. These presentations cover a range of topics such s the formation of the reef and information about the marine life found around the Island.

The free nature presentations are 1 hour in duration and times vary, so check with the activity centre.  

Turtle Presentation

If you’re on Heron Island outside of the nesting season, another way to learn about these magnificent creates is by attending a turtle presentation. During the presentation, you’ll learn about the process of turtle nesting, as well as the best practices for observing the process for those staying on the island during the breeding season.

We went along to a turtle presentation and absolutely loved it! Perhaps I’m a bit of an information nerd – but after all our turtle encounters on Wilson Island – I was just dying to learn all I could about turtles. Even Andy agreed it was an interesting presentation. The free turtle presentations are 1 hour in duration and times vary, so check with the activity centre.  

Guided Bird Walk

The Island is home to thousands of birds and is the perfect place for those who enjoy bird watching. January is the peak breeding season, with many birds returning to the Island to breed. Common birds you’ll see include Black Noddy Terns, Eastern Reef Egret and the Buff Banded Rail.

A great way to learn about the Island’s birds is with a guided bird walk. The free bird walks are 1 hour long and times vary, so check with the activity centre.  

While you will easily see birds on your own all over the Island – I joined the guided bird tour and found it a great way to learn more about the different birds on the Island. Again, my guide was Andre, who was very interesting and knowledgeable and too happy to answer all our questions.

This little family of rails (pictured above) lived right outside our room and all the guests stopped to watch them while walking past.

Sunset Cruise

A beautiful way to end the day is by taking a sunset cruise around the Island. The cruise starts with a pre departure drink outside the Wistari Terrace, which looks over the reef, before heading to the boat for a lovely cruise while watching the sunset over the water.

Sunset cruises are $50 per adult and $35 per child (8-17). You can also arrange a cheese plate for $15 per person or 16 for a gluten free platter. Cruises last for 1.5 hours and operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Check departure times with the Marine Centre and book in advance to avoid disappointment. This was another tour we really wanted to do – but it was cancelled due to poor weather. 

If you don’t want to pay for a sunset cruise, then you can easily watch the sunset from the Island on your own. The best place to do so would probably be from the jetty.

University of Queensland Research Station Tours

An interesting fact about Heron Island is that the University of Queensland has one of the largest Island-based research stations in the Southern Hemisphere here. Occasionally the centre runs tours to discuss their current investigations and experiments and allow guests to see some restricted areas of the centre.

The research station was shut during our stay – but this is one tour I’d definitely like to do. The Island is such a fascinating place for its wildlife – I can only imagine the interesting things you’d find out about during these tours.

Tours cost $10 per adult and $3 per child. Tour times vary, so check with the activity centre.

Facilities at Heron Island

Below is brief information about the various facilities at Heron Island.

Swimming Pool

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

While the ocean really is the place to be, there is a great swimming pool at Heron Island if you or the kids feel like a swim. The pool is not overly large, although I never saw it crowded while I was there – most likely because everyone is in the ocean. There are also plenty of sun lounges around the pool for relaxing and supervising the kids.

Shearwater Restaurant

Heron Island just has one restaurant, the Shearwater Restaurant. Unlike most other island restaurants, this one is situated inland; so there is no view to enjoy while dining. You’ll also note that it is completely enclosed by a mesh-type enclosure to keep all the birds out, although a few still managed to find their way in while we were there.

Breakfast (included in your room rate) is served here between 7 am and 10 am. The breakfast is a buffet and has all the standards, including hot food such as fried eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages, pancakes and baked beans, and cold options including cereal, fruit and yoghurt. There is also juice, tea and coffee. You can order barista style coffee too, but that will cost you extra. The breakfast is nothing fancy – but there is plenty to choose from for even the fussiest of eaters.

The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner. Lunch is served between 12 pm and 2.30 pm and actually well priced (click on the images below for an enlarged view) and the servings are fairly generous, so enough to share one meal between two if the kids aren’t overly hungry. However, I was a little disappointed with the dinner options, as there was only a buffet to choose from every night, which ranged in price from $30 to $50 per adult and around $20 per child. I understand they weren’t offering an a la cart menu at dinner due to peak season and staff shortages, but we’re not usually keen on a buffet meal for dinner due to the expense and just not having an appetite for all that food. 

After our first day, we found out you could order takeaway at lunch – so we ended up having lunch at the restaurant and ordering a takeaway salad each which we kept in our room fridge for dinner.

Service was a bit hit and miss in the restaurant, sometimes it was great, sometimes it was dreadful. Plus, they often ran out of basics like coffee, milk and even napkins. Breakfast items were also running out constantly and we were continually waiting to have items replenished. 

As I said, I understand that it was peak time during our visit and they were well understaffed due to covid, so we did take that into consideration.

Baillie’s Bar

The bar has prime position on Heron Island, looking out over the reef. Here you can get drinks, coffee, ice cream, chips and sandwiches. Mind you; food was often completely sold out well before lunchtime. We did manage to get a sandwich a few times though, which were quite nice. You wouldn’t want to be relying on the bar for lunch though, as chances are there would be nothing left by the time you got here. It would have been great if they had sold some basic food items here for dinner and those who did not want a full meal at the restaurant.

They appeared to have a great range of drinks at the bar though and the prices are comparable to mainland prices – no fancy resort prices here, which is good for the budget.

There are a few pool tables inside the bar, which are free to use, and some evenings there was live music too. Inside there are also plenty of lounge areas with a table and we saw lots of families playing cards or board games here. It’s a great spot to hang out when not in the water. 

You will see loads of marine life in the water around the bar area. I loved sitting with my wine each afternoon on the ledge, looking out at the turtles, rays, reef sharks and fish. You don’t need to look too hard either – there is plenty of marine life.

Aqua Soul Spa

If you feel like a massage or beauty treatment, head to the Aqua Soul Spa. You can download their menu here, which also includes prices. If you want a massage, it’s best to book before you arrive as they book out well in advance. I didn’t go to the spa while on Heron, but a few times I was in the reception area, I did hear people trying to make bookings and the answer was always the same – booked out!

Resort Shop

The Island also has a small shop where you can buy souvenirs, toiletries, basic medication, ice cream, snacks and cold drinks. Unfortunately, it was closed pretty much the entire time we were on the Island – I think this was mainly due to staff shortages.


For those long stays, there are a few laundries scattered around the place (see them marked on the map below) where you wash and dry your clothes; they also include an iron and ironing board.

Heron Island Accommodation

While accommodation is certainly nothing flash on Heron Island, there is a range of accommodation types, from basic rooms to spacious suites. Below we have provided a brief overview of the various accommodation options.

When it comes to choosing your accommodation, here are a few points to note:

  • There are no cooking facilities in any of the rooms
  • All rates include a buffet breakfast
  • There is no television in any of the rooms
  • Beach towels are provided in all rooms
  • All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities as well as a small fridge
  • While all rooms have ceiling fans, there is only air conditioning in the Wistari Suites, Point Suites, Beach House and Superior Point Suite
  • All rooms are keyless, which means there are no locks on the accommodation, which may make some people feel uncomfortable. However, as campers, we didn’t find this an issue and at least there was no chance of either of us losing the key, which inevitably happens a few times while away.

Turtle and Reef Rooms

The cheapest Heron Island accommodation is the Turtle (pictured middle below) and Reef rooms (pictured above) – we had booked a Turtle room but got upgraded to a Reef room. Each of these rooms has an ensuite bathroom, a small internal sitting area and an outdoor deck or patio.

The Turtle rooms can accommodate either a couple in a queen bed; three people with a queen and single bed or there are family rooms that come with a queen and two single beds. Some family rooms even have the option of an additional rollaway bed, which means they can accommodate up to 5 people.

The Reef rooms can accommodate up to four people coming with a queen bed and a day bed and the option of a rollaway bed. Family Reef rooms can accommodate up to five guests with a queen bed, two single beds and the option of a rollaway bed.   Below are photos of the inside of our Reef room – we were in room 101.

The Turtle rooms are located the furthest away from the beach. It may look far on the map –  but they’re just right across from the Reef rooms and a very short walk to the beach. The Turtle family rooms are located around the jetty and reception area, making them much closer to the resort’s facilities. All the Reef Rooms (including the family Reef rooms) are along the beach and some have partial views of the reef; however they are further away from the reception area – although still just a short walk away.

Turtle rooms start at $358 a night for two people or $398 a night for a family room, while the Reef rooms start at $374 or $414 for a family room.

Beachside Room

If you can afford it, I’d recommend going for a Beachside room at the very least, as these rooms are as the name suggests – beachside and most have views of the beach. They are also reasonably close to all the resort’s facilities. 

Beachside rooms can accommodate up to four people as they come with a king bed and two day beds. All rooms open up to a large balcony with partial ocean views. They also have an ensuite bathroom and a small internal sitting area. 

Beachside rooms start at $414.

Wistari Suite

The Wistari Suites have a garden setting and are not too far from the jetty, beach and main resort area. These rooms accommodate two people with a king bed and include air-conditioning, an ensuite bathroom, a small internal sitting area and an outdoor area. 

From the outside, these rooms look very similar to the Point Suites (see below), but they don’t have the ocean views like the Point Suites do.

Wistari Suites start at $454.

Point Suites

The Point Suites have fantastic reef views and are not too far from the jetty, beach and main resort area. These rooms accommodate two people with a king bed and include air-conditioning, an ensuite bathroom, a small internal sitting area and an outdoor area. 

Point Suites start at $574.

Beach House

And lastly, there is the Beach House, which can accommodate up to four people. This room is in a brilliant spot along the beach with beautiful reef views and a private boardwalk down to the beach.

The Beach House comes with a separate bedroom with a king bed, a day bed and a rollaway bed available on request. The ensuite bathroom comes with a bath and shower, a spacious living room and a private patio area. The Beach House is also air-conditioned.

The Beach House starts at $694.

Heron Island Day Trips from Gladstone

With just the one ferry a day to Heron Island arriving at 11.30 am and then just the one ferry a day leaving the Island for Gladstone at 12.45 pm – Heron Island day trips from Gladstone are not possible.

Although it would be possible to make a day trip with helicopter transfers, this would be unaffordable for most. You’d get much better value by staying at least one night – cheaper too!

Getting to Heron Island

Heron Island is around 72kms northeast off the coast of Gladstone and is only accessible via ferry or helicopter.  

Getting to Gladstone

Gladstone is 534 km north of Brisbane and 1183 km south of Cairns. If coming from Brisbane, it’s only a 6-7 hour drive or you can fly there with Qantas or Virgin Airlines. There are no direct flights from Cairns, so you will connect with Brisbane.

Given the ferry to Heron Island leaves at 9.30 am, you’ll likely need to spend the night before in Gladstone. Although there are some early flights from Brisbane on some days of the week, which means you can bypass a stay in Gladstone – if I had my time again, I’d try and line this up to avoid staying in town. We stayed at the Mid City Motor Inn, a budget hotel only a 15 minute walk from the Gladstone Marina.

You can park for free at the Gladstone Marina car park if driving.

Getting to Heron Island

The ferry to Heron Island leaves at 9.30 am, and the return ferry to Gladstone is at 12.45 pm, arriving at 3.15 pm. The ferry operates daily except for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Christmas Day.   The boat trip takes 2 hours each way and costs $75 per adult and $38 per child (3-12) each way.

Each passenger can bring a small carry-on bag onto the boat weighing no more than 10kg. For checked luggage, each passenger can have a bag weighing no more than 23kg.

Getting to Heron Island by boat can be rough and it is recommended to take seasickness tablets beforehand. However, our trip to Heron Island wasn’t rough at all and was a very pleasant trip.

If you really want a splurge, you can take a 30 minute helicopter ride from Gladstone Airport to Heron Island. Helicopter transfers cost $560 one way per person or $940 return. I really wanted to take a helicopter one way but just couldn’t justify the cost. However, the day we left Heron Island, the ferry was cancelled due to poor weather. So our choice was to either stay another night and hope the ferry would leave the following day or take the helicopter. We decided to take the helicopter and it was amazing!!! If you can stretch the budget – do it!!! The helicopter only fits four people, including the pilot, and the views of the reef are absolutely brilliant!

You’ll likely have a few hours to kill on Heron Island before you can check into your hotel room. You also won’t have access to your checked luggage during this time. So either just bring carry on luggage or ensure you have a bag packed with easy access to your swimmers and beach towel so you can make the most of your time.

You’ll also have a few hours to kill on Heron Island on check out day, so again ensure you have access to some gear to enjoy the beach. And if you want to head straight back to Brisbane, ensure you have a flight no earlier than 5 pm, to avoid staying a night in Gladstone.

Best Time to Visit Heron Island

Heron Island is one of those places you can visit at any time of the year. However, the wildlife you see and the weather you experience will vary depending on when you go.

For warmer weather and a chance to see the turtles either nesting or hatching, then come between November and May. However, keep in mind that the summer months (December to February) will be when the weather is the hottest and when the worst storms come in. Mind you; the Island rarely has the tropical storms that you often associate with the islands further north. Although we visited at the end of December and there was a cyclone somewhere up north, which was impacting the weather on Heron. The weather was quite windy, a little rainy and cold. This meant many of the tours were cancelled, and although we went snorkelling a few times the visibility wasn’t great. It also meant the ferry was cancelled on the day we were supposed to leave as mentioned above.

If coming during the winter months (June to August), expect warm days but cool nights. You will need warm clothes for the night. Also if you’re a sooky Queenslander like me – you may very well find the water temperature a bit cold for much swimming. If it is is you, then do yourself a favour and hire a wetsuit while on Heron Island.

If you visit from June to September you’ll have a chance to see the whales and manta rays as they migrate.

What to Bring to Heron Island

You won’t need a lot on Heron Island – swimmers, light casual clothing, footwear and other personal necessities is all you really need. Towels and toiletries are provided on the Island. We just had a small backpack each and given we were mostly in our swimwear all day – I think we even overpacked! Likewise, you don’t need anything fancy for eating in the restaurant or bar; whatever casual beachwear you feel comfortable in will be just fine.

An absolute must to bring is a good pair of reef or water shoes. This is because the coral along the beach can be sharp to walk on. Also, we were given a great tip to bring a hat to be protected from bird poo – this is especially important if staying on the Island during the bird breeding season.

While they say you’re not permitted to bring any food or alcohol to Heron Island – and we didn’t – but I’d recommend you do. Like I said above, they were always running out of food at the bar, there was only a buffet available for dinner and the shop was closed pretty much the entire time we were there. So if I came again, I’d bring a few bottles of wine, crackers, cheese etc – just a few things to keep us going when the food ran out or weren’t up for a full buffet.

Heron Island – Our Verdict

Credit Image – Tourism and Events Queensland

I had read some terrible reviews about Heron Island before coming and had heard a few not so good things from friends that had previously visited – so my expectations were pretty low when visiting Heron Island. The resort is indeed nothing flash – but then it’s not trying to be a fancy 5 star or even 4 star resort for that matter. Our room – which was one of the cheapest – was more than fine. It was very clean and spacious. It was fairly underwhelming considering how much it cost – around $350 per night – but then I guess what you’re really paying for is the location – not the room.

There is nothing fancy about the resorts facilities either. There is one bar, one restaurant and a pool. There is a good range of tours on offer though, although they book out fast, so you need to get in quick.

My main gripe about the resort was the poor service and food constantly running out. I understand the poor service was mainly due to staff shortages due to covid – but surely a little better planning could have reduced some of the service issues. In my view running out of coffee and milk at breakfast time is simply unacceptable. I also didn’t appreciate being forced into a buffet for dinner with no other food options.

But putting those issues aside – Heron Island itself is beautiful! Having close encounters with turtles, rays, reef sharks and fish is nothing short of amazing. Even on land, watching turtles and all the baby birds was absolutely magical. I enjoyed my time on Heron Island so much, that I’ve already been looking to see when we can go again. I’m certainly not going for the resort (let’s be clear on that), I’m going for the amazing Island and all it has to offer.

So I say – take the kids to Heron  Island – you won’t regret it.


Hopefully you found this guide on staying at Heron Island helpful. We have reviews on other Queensland islands including Wilson Island, Great Keppel Island, K’gari (Fraser Island), North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island. 


Leave a Comment