I arranged my daughter's 21st birthday celebration at Heron Island recently. We had about 35 guests, half from interstate, half Gladstone locals. Between us, our stays varied from 1-3 nights.
This was my 4th visit to Heron since my 40th held there Dec 2011.
What a sensational, pristine island getaway, without the ridiculous prices charged further North. Rooms are clean and very comfortable, with several options available. No air conditioning, but due to the sea breezes and ceiling fans these aren't necessary (I don't cope with heat and humidity well at night, and have never had a problem with heat while on Heron).
My young nieces had left the Southern Highlands of NSW in snow, excited to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. They were not disappointed.
We found the meals good overall. Remember, this is not a five star fining dining resort. The fillet steak on one of the a la carte nights was the best I've eaten (better than my own).
My parents regularly travel, and their 2nd visit to Heron again didn't disappoint. They now rave to their friends on the location and overall value for a lovely break.
Drinks throughout bars and restaurant are very reasonable, especially considering isolation and captive audience.
Some other reviews complain about birds and bird droppings. The name of the island is Heron. Heron is a bird. There is a massive bird population, which is no secret. It's lovely to be able to relax and watch the various birds go about their natural business. In my 4 visits in nearly 11 months, I've been pooped on once. No big deal.
Do yourself a favour, experience Heron Island. A truly magical, affordable holiday. Wether for a night for a few, you'll never forget is beauty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Here you swim off the beach to an endless garden of coral. Activities include guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises, bird watching and beach picnics, plus a Kids program. Voyages Heron Island is famous around the world for its scuba diving and snorkeling. ... more less
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