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Heron Island, Qld

Located 72 km northeast of Gladstone and 539 km north of Brisbane, Heron Island is a small 16.8 hectare coral cay which is part of the Great Barrier Reef. It is 1.8 km around the island which is surrounded by reefs which can be explored during low tide.

This is a typical, well established Barrier Reef holiday resort with the magnificence of the reef lying just off the island's beaches. People coming to the resort participate in the usual activities associated with a Barrier Reef holiday - bushwalking, snorkelling on the reef, playing tennis on the resort's courts, enjoying boat trips out across the reef, bird watching and walking along the beach.

The island is part of the Great Barrier Reef National Park and as such is the headquarters for a University of Queensland marine geology survey and research team as well as having protected areas where the visitor can experience the beauties of the Barrier Reef removed from the impact of modern civilisation.

It is possible to reach the island by a short, and spectacular, helicopter flight from Gladstone. There is also a two hour fast catamaran trip. Helicopter - 25 minutes from Gladstone airport.

A coral cay showpiece of the Reef barely 2.5m above sea level at high tide, situated in a sparkling lagoon which covers 40sq km. Coral flats ringing the 16ha island can be walked over at low tide. At least 200 species of coral live on the reef, which is up to 9km offshore, and an ocean floor feature is Big Bommie, a huge head of coral teeming with ocean life.

Attractions

Reef Walking Once a day, at low tide- this pleasant activity involves looking at clams, coral formations, and marvelling at the richness and variety of reef life.

Snorkelling and Diving Because there is a deep sea channel between Heron Island and Wistari reef the ability to explore the edge of the cay, while remaining in calm waters, is unequalled. tennis, swimming, snorkelling. Other activities Fishing, semi-submersible, snorkel boat, diving.

The island boasts 21 recognised dive sites and has been nominated as one of the world's premier dive destinations. It is common to see turtles, reef sharks, schools of smaller fish, forests of staghorn coral and other undersea wonders.

Birdwatching

At nesting time the island smells of guano and there are literally tens of thousands of terns and shearwaters on the cay.

Turtle Watching and Whale Watching

From December to April thousands of turtles use Heron Island as a breeding ground. The winter months see large numbers of whales passing through the channel between the cay and Wistari reef.

Dining Out

A single, excellent buffet style restaurant with fine food and good wines.

Resorts Heron Island Resort via Gladstone Heron Island QLD 4680 Telephone: 132 469 Facsimile: (02) 9299 2477