Heron Island is one of the precious jewels of the Australian tourism scene. It is a true coral cay that lies right on the Great Barrier Reef and is one of the best dive and snorkeling destinations that you can imagine. Heron Island is accessed by fast catamaran ferry from Gladstone off Queensland's Discovery Coast. The resort on the island is operated by the Voyages company who are well respected resort operators in Australia and also operate many other fine resorts like Lizard Island Resort, Ayers Rock Resort, Wrotham Park Station and several others. Voyages have a fantastic reputation for the quality of their resorts as well as their ability to continually serve fantastic food.
Heron Island resort is all about the best Great Barrier Reef diving and ecological experience that you could have. It is a wildlife sanctuary and a seabird rookery. The island itself is surrounded by a magnificent white sand beach and you can walk right in to the surrounding crystal clear waters and start snorkeling over the coral. The dive shop here is fully equipped and dive instructors and dive masters are on staff to take you to any of the dozens of fantastic dive site that surround the island. The resort itself is modern and laid back with excellent accommodation units. The restaurant area is superb and the service is fantastic.
Voyages also run a tented accommodation experience on nearby Wilson Island where you can stay in a fully catered permanent tent for a Robinson Crusoe style holiday on a virtually deserted tropical island. This is the worlds ultimate get away from it all experience. Access to Wilson Island is through Heron Island. There is also a Great Barrier Reef research station on Heron Island where researchers continually monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
If you are coming to Australia for a holiday you cannot have a better Great Barrier Reef experience than Heron Island.