We were there in early March and apparently that was not a good time of year to do this as it is their rainy season. We only got a shower or 2 but it was quite windy and that made the water very rough.
The trip over on the boat was horrendous. There were 10 foot seas. Fortunately we had gotten up very early (at 4 AM) to get the flights from Sydney to Gladstone and had taken Bonine tablets to avoid seasickness and as we'd gotten up so early we were able to doze most of the way over. I had to keep my eyes closed anyhow as the boat was pitching so hard that it made me dizzy to look. The boat people were giving seasickness tablets out to anyonne who wanted one. There were also seasickness bags at each seat on the boat. I did notice that several people on the boat did use them.
The water stayed very rough and my husband never got to dive so we cannot comment on their dive operation altho they seemed very professional & knowledgeable when he signed up..
The resort is very nice. We were in the suites that are air conditioned and very glad we were as there are a lot of birds on the island and some of them are very noisy at night. There is one that sounds like a howling baby and even with the windows closed, it woke me a couple of times.
There is a nice pool and nice beach areas.
The food is good, not gourmet. The lunches were buffet. Some nights, the dinner was a buffet and some it was from a menu.
One day we walked over to the research center with a guide and that interesting. Another day we just walked around the island which is quite lovely.
We arrived on Tuesday March 5 and were due to leave Friday March 8. We left a day early on the helicoptor when we saw that seats were available. It costs alot extra but was well worth it for the view of the reef flying back and also not to have to take the rough boat ride again.
We found all the people who worked there who we came into contact with to be pleasant and helpful.
I have to "give a special shout out" to Richard in the front office for his patience and helpfullness getting our flights from Gladstone to Brisbane changed and to get us an extra night in Brisbane.
Its a nice resort and other than the weather we would have loved it but if you are expecting luxury you need to go elsewhere.
- 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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