My boyfriend and I stayed on Heron Island between the 13th - 16th February 2014. We took a gamble booking this time of year (as it’s cyclone season) but as it turned out luck was on our side as the weather was perfect - sunshine and blue skies on all 4 days!! We stayed in a turtle room (# 156), and although it was not air conditioned, it was more than adequate for our short stay.
The island works off a no key system so if you are taking valuables I would suggest taking your own padlock so you can lock them in your suitcase if you don’t feel comfortable leaving them unsecured. The bar and restaurant are both really nice and the food was quite good, especially the desserts!! They serve either an a la carte menu or buffet depending on which nights you are there.
As others have mentioned, there are thousands of birds nesting on the island this time of year. Although they are noisy we had no issues sleeping at night nor did the unpleasant smell bother us. Reception kindly provides ear plugs for those who are light sleepers.
The real highlight of our stay though was watching the baby turtles hatch and watching the mumma turtles lay their eggs at night. The swimming and snorkeling off the beach was also amazing as there are constantly reef sharks, stingrays and turtles swimming by. We also definitely recommend that you spend the $50 to be taken out to the outer reef, you will not be disappointed with the colourful coral and beautiful fish.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Heron Island Hotel Heron Island