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Getting to Heron Island

Getting to Heron Island Jetty at Heron Island

Getting to Gladstone:

Heron Island Resort lies on the Tropic of Capricorn, approximately 89 kilometres off the Queensland coast North East of Gladstone. Regular flights to Gladstone are available from both Brisbane & Cairns.

Qantas flies to Brisbane and Cairns from all capital cities. Once at Gladstone, you have a choice of transfer options to get to Heron Island itself.

By Boat:

Transfer duration: approx. 2 hours

At 34 metres in length, The Heron Islander is specifically designed to provide a comfortable and spacious transfer from the mainland to Heron Island. Launched in 2007, she comfortably seats 170 and has a top speed of 30 knots (55kph).

Gladstone to Heron Island:

A courtesy coach will pick you up from the airport at 10.00am and arrive at the Marina approximately 10 minutes later. The Heron Islander departs Gladstone Marina at 11.00am.

If you decide to get to drive to Gladstone, you’ll find the marina at Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone. Security car lock-up facilities are available for approximately $11 per day ($55 per week) for a covered spot or $9 per day ($45 per week) for an uncovered spot.

Heron Island to Gladstone:

Upon your return, The Heron Islander departs Heron Island at 2.00pm Island time (1.00pm EST) and arrives into Gladstone at approximately 3.45pm EST. From the Marina, a courtesy coach will pick you up and take you directly to Gladstone Airport.

A small number of flight to Gladstone arrive after 10.00am and depart before 5.00pm. If you are booked on one of these, the Heron Island Helicopter Service is your best transfer option.

By Helicopter:

Transfer duration: approx. 30 minutes

You can get your holiday off to a stunning start by taking a Great Barrier Reef scenic helicopter flight. Australian Helicopters operate amazing scenic flights between Gladstone Airport and Heron Island.

From so high up, the island looks like just a drop in the ocean. It really is the ultimate way to see just how unique the Island’s location is, be sure to keep your camera handy for this part of the trip.

Availability permitting, the helicopter service operates during daylight hours, which are generally between 8am and 6pm.

Be sure to arrive at the airport at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow for check in procedures. Naturally, a baggage allowance applies for helicopter transfers.

Please note: Helicopter flight times and schedules are subject to change, based on operational requirements.

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