How to Get to Heron Island

Heron Island is a natural coral cay 89 kms off the coast of Queensland, so it’s not another Great Barrier Reef resort, it’s a resort on the Great Barrier Reef. You may arrive by boat, plane or helicopter.

By Boat from $64 AUD

Transfer duration: approximately 2 hours.

Compleat Angler +61 7 4972 7283 for parking or call Heron Island Office on +07 4972 9055.

At 34 metres, The Heron Islander is specifically designed to provide a comfortable and spacious transfer from the Queensland mainland to Heron Island. Launched in 2007, she comfortably seats 170 and has a top speed of 30 knots (55kmh). The Heron Islander leaves once a day for Heron Island and returns once a day back to Gladstone.

Rates
Valid until 31 March 2019:

$64 AUD one way per adult with transport from the airport, $59 without airport transport
$32 AUD one way per child with transport from the airport, $29 without airport transport (2 – 12 years)

Gladstone to Heron Island
The boat departs Gladstone Marina at 2:00pm (EST) and arrives at Heron Island at 4:30pm (EST) every day except for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Christmas Day.

See our Transfer Schedule here.

To connect with the 2:00pm launch departure to Heron Island, we recommend a flight arrival into Gladstone no later than 12:40pm. Please note, Aldesta Hotels does not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes.

Guests arriving into Gladstone through the airport are able to book a transfer with us, which can be a bus or taxi. Once you have collected your luggage please make your way to the front of the terminal to meet the transfer service (transfer departs approx. 12:40pm). Check-in opens at 12:30pm, but luggage service is available from 10:00am onwards.

If you’re making your own way to Gladstone Marina you’ll find it at Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone. We strongly recommend you pre-book secure car lock-up facilities by calling Compleat Angler on 07 4972 7283, available for approximately $12 AUD per day ($60 AUD per week) for a covered car park or $10 AUD per day ($50 per week) for an uncovered park.

Heron Island to Gladstone
The boat departs Heron Island at 10:00am (EST) and arrives at Gladstone Marina at 12:30pm (EST) every day except for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Christmas Day.

See our Transfer Schedule here.

The launch service from Heron Island connects with flights departing from Gladstone from 1:45pm onwards. While we do meet these flights, this is weather and tides permitting. Please note, Aldesta Hotels does not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes.

Guests departing via Gladstone Airport will be transferred from the Marina to the airport on arrival.

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday.

Book Now: 1800 875 343 or email heronisland@aldestareservations

Should the Heron Islander be unavailable on any particular day, we reserve the right to operate the transfer on an alternative vessel.

For further information or to book your boat transfers, please contact us on 1800 875 343 (within Australia), U.S. and Canada based number 1 855 251 8261, outside Australia +61 1800 875 343 or email heronisland@aldestareservations.com.

By Seaplane from $349 AUD


Transfer duration: approximately 25 minutes

Begin your holiday by catching a scenic seaplane flight between Gladstone and Heron Island and experience a unique perspective of the Great Barrier Reef.

Watch tropical islands from above, spot whales, sharks or turtles lurking below and view amazing turquoise reef formations before landing on beautiful Heron Island – all in just 25 minutes.

Land on the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef and walk the last meters through the tropical shallow water (up to knee height) to the shore of Heron Island.

Schedule
Australia by Seaplane, operates the scenic transfers daily (excluding Christmas Day) subject to availability and tides times.

Check In
Arriving into Gladstone, please make your way to the Australia by Seaplane Office, close to the main Gladstone Airport Terminal. After collecting your luggage at the baggage carousel, please exit the main Airport Terminal and turn right, and you will find the Australia by Seaplane Office 100 metres from the Gladstone Airport (look for the cream building with the ‘Australia by Seaplane’ sign). Please allow 75 minutes prior to arrival and departure to allow for check-in procedures. A minimum of 2 or 4 passengers per flight are required to operate, dependent on aircraft availability, please inquire for further information.

All seaplane flights are subject to payload restrictions and body weights must be advised at the time of booking.

A baggage allowance of 15kg per person applies for seaplane transfers, with soft suitcases or bags preferred. Secure luggage storage facilities are available and complimentary with Australia by Seaplane.

Click for a map to the Australia by Seaplane office.

Rates
$349 AUD one-way per person. Pricing is valid until 31 March 2018.

Book Now: 1800 875 343 or email heronisland@aldestareservations.com

Seaplanes will not be operating on Christmas Day, 26 of December or New Year’s Day.

For further information or to book your seaplane transfers, please contact us on 1800 875 343 or email heronisland@aldestareservations.com.

 

Regular flights to Gladstone are available via Brisbane with either Qantas or Virgin Australia. Once at Gladstone, you have a choice of transfer options to get to Heron Island itself. For a map of Gladstone click here.

We Highly Recommend Travel Insurance
Our remote and unique locations make for the perfect holiday destination. It is important to note that traveling to paradise comes with risks that are out of our control, and yours. For this reason, we highly recommend that all of our guests purchase travel insurance prior to traveling. Please take the time to review your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered in the unlikely event that your travel plans are disrupted due to weather or acts of god.

Should the Heron Islander be unavailable on any particular day, we reserve the right to operate the transfer on an alternative vessel.

By helicopter from $449 AUD

By Marine Helicopter Charter – from 15 December 2017

Getting there is a very special part of your holiday experience – that’s what our transfer flights are all about.

You will have approximately 30 minutes to listen to the expert commentary by our experienced pilot. Your flight from Gladstone passes Facing Island and Curtis Island and then you will experience about 25 miles of the Coral Sea before reaching Polmaise Reef where you should be able to see turtles, rays and sharks. You will pass Masthead Island, Erskine Island and the wonder that is Wistari Reef before arriving at Heron Island—a destination like no other.

Schedule

Marine Helicopter Charter operates the scenic transfers daily, subject to weather constraints.

Check In

To make things as convenient as possible our service desk and passenger lounge is located adjacent to the baggage carousel in the Gladstone Airport Arrivals Terminal.   Please allow 60 minutes prior to departure for check-in procedures.   A baggage allowance of 15kg per person applies to helicopter transfers, with soft suitcases or bags preferred. Your baggage will be delivered directly to your room upon arrival. Extra baggage can be taken by the Heron Islander from the Gladstone Marina and will arrive later in the day. Keep in mind that extra baggage returning on the Heron Islander may not arrive in time for your outgoing connecting flight. Marine Helicopter Charter provides complementary secure luggage storage facilities at the airport for that extra baggage.

Passenger Lounge and Lift off

Once checked in, we invite you to take advantage of our passenger lounge to catch up on last minute internet with free Wifi, let the children wind down and grab a light snack before passing directly to the helipad area for lift off. We will have you relaxed, in the air and enjoying the view in no time at all.

Your dream holiday will start here at Marine Helicopter Charter.

Rates—Valid until 31 March 2018

Adults Return $449 AUD Each Way – Adult One Way $530.00 AUD
Children Return $224.50 AUD Each Way – Children One Way $265.00 AUD

For further information or to book your helicopter transfers, please contact us on 1800 875 343 or email heronisland@aldestareservations.com.