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Heron Island - Cities, Towns and Localities
Heron Island, a small coral cay was named by Joseph Bette Jukes in 1843, after the herons that inhabited the island as part of the rich bird life, where it is also home to flocks of terns and mutton birds. In 1932 Captain Christian Poulson was granted a lease over the island and from then until 1977, the Poulson family ran a resort on the cay.

In 1943 the island was declared a National Park and in 1950 a marine research station was established on the island. The island forms part of the Great Barrier Reef National Park.

Located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the island is approximately 16.8 hectare coral cay and 1.8 km around, with reefs that can be explored at low tide. Heron Island is the place for serious diving and coral snorkelling, with perfect white-sand coral cay and surrounded by fantastic lagoons. With the Heron Island Resort, it offers eco-tourism that has an emphasis on educating the tourist.

During December to April you can observe turtles laying eggs and also see them hatch. There is whale watching in winter, reef walks, snorkelling, diving, fishing, with access to some of the best coral reefs in the world. Due to the deep sea channel between Heron Island and Wistari Reef, it offers calm waters in which to explore the edge of the cay, boasting 21 recognised dive sites.

Location: 70 km north-east off the coast from Gladstone, 534 km north of Brisbane, 1,180 km south of Cairns.

Access: There is a daily catamaran from Gladstone. There is also a helicopter transfer.

Population: Resort accommodates up to 300 people.

Check out our listing of Heron Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Heron Island ResortP&O Australian Resorts
Freecall: 1800 737 678 (within Australia)

Heron Island Resort
via Gladstone
Ph: 132 469
Fax: 02 9299 2477

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