Getting to Heron Island

Getting to the best that The Great Barrier Reef has to offer takes just a little bit of planning, but it’s well worth the effort.

Heron Island is a natural coral cay 89 kms off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The nearest urban centre and commercial airport is located in Gladstone. Regular flights to Gladstone are available via Brisbane with either Qantas or Virgin Australia. For an online map of Gladstone click here.

Once in Gladstone, you have a choice of three transfer options to get to Heron Island itself.

We Highly Recommend Travel Insurance

Our remote and unique location makes for the perfect holiday destination, HOWEVER, it’s important to note that travelling 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 travelling. 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.

Boat from $64 AUD

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The Heron Islander

Approx. 2 Hours

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 (55 km/h). The Heron Islander makes one return trip per day between Heron Island and Gladstone.

 

Gladstone to Heron Island

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Until Mar 31, 2019

2:00 pm

No sailing

2:00 pm

No sailing

2:00 pm

2:00 pm

2:00 pm

From Apr 3, 2019

10:00 am

No sailing

10:00 am

No sailing

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

Until March 31, 2019, to connect with the 2:00 pm departure to Heron Island, we recommend a flight arrival into Gladstone no later than 12:40 pm. Please note, Aldesta Hotels does not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes.

Arrival in Gladstone by Air

Guests arriving into Gladstone via the airport can book a transfer at the time of making their reservation.  The transfer service  departs 11:30 am in front of the Airport Arrivals area. Check-in at the marina opens at 12:30 pm, but luggage can be left at the check-in desk from 10:00 am onwards.

Arrival in Gladstone by Car

If you’re making your own way to the 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.

Should you have any questions pertaining to your transfer to Heron Island, please call the Heron Island Marina Office on (07) 4972 5166.

 

Heron Island to Gladstone

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Until Mar 31, 2019

10:00 am

No sailing

10:00 am

No sailing

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

From Apr 3, 2019

2:00 pm

No sailing

2:00 pm

No sailing

2:00 pm

2:00 pm

2:00 pm

Until March 31, 2019, the Heron Islander connects with flights departing from Gladstone from 1:45 pm onwards. Please note, Aldesta Hotels does not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes.

Guests departing from Gladstone Airport can book a transfer from the marina (bus or taxi) when they make their reservation or at the hotel reception.

Rates

$64 AUD one way per adult incl airport transfer, $59 without airport transfer
$32 AUD one way per child (2 – 12 yrs) incl airport transfer, $29 without airport transfer

 


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.


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

As transfers are weather and marine conditions dependent, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday.


Rates in effect to March 31, 2019. Heron Island reserves the right to discontinue or alter services and rates without notice.

Seaplane from $349 AUD

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Seaplane

Approx. 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

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


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.


As transfers are weather and marine conditions dependent, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday.


Rates in effect to March 31, 2019. Heron Island reserves the right to discontinue or alter services and rates without notice.

Helicopter from $449 AUD

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Helicopter

Approx. 30 Minutes

You’ll enjoy 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.

Rates

Adult One Way $530 AUD
Child One Way $265 AUD

 

Adult Return $898 AUD
Child Return $449 AUD

 


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.


As transfers are weather and marine conditions dependent, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday.


Rates in effect to March 31, 2019. Heron Island reserves the right to discontinue or alter services and rates without notice.