This tropical island is a great snorkeling and scuba diving vacation spot with over twenty different dive sites. Forget the stress of daily life and immerse yourself in this wonder. In the summer, turtles lay their eggs and hatch on the beach near guest suites. Watch whales migrate in September. Marvel at the exotic species of birds that live on the eco-friendly Heron Island.
The hideaway has a unique spa offering an array of treatments based on marine and other natural elements.
The resort offers a selection of luxury suites as well as guest rooms that are more casual in style.
The island has a tropical climate with average year-round temperature of approximately 80°F. Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Gladstone with Qantas. For connections between Gladstone and Heron Island, speak with the resort at the time of booking.
Underwater Tour in a Semi-submersible
Heron Island is one of the best places for a scuba diving vacation but that doesn't mean that non-divers are left out of the underwater world either. Semi-submersible coral viewing cruises are the perfect way for non-divers to get a glimpse of the reef without having to be a certified diver.
Board the boat and proceed down into the lower cabin and take a seat for the cruise, listen to the commentary, and you can even sit and snap pictures through the glass. You will feel close enough that your pictures will look like you were actually diving. If after one cruise across the reef you want to try diving, the resort offers a Discover Scuba Diving course for $150 that includes classroom and pool sessions as well as one supervised open-water dive with an instructor.
The Spa on Heron Island
Combine a relaxing vacation on the beach with unique island-inspired treatments. Aqua Soul Spa offers treatments inspired by the surrounding sea. Choose from facials, massages, stone treatments, pedicures and more.
If you are looking for a specialized treatment during your stay, it's a good idea to book in advance to make sure that you get your spot. LI'TYA products are made by an Australian company. Many products utilized during the treatments are available for purchase. The Indulge Package can be added to your room rate and includes an initial consultation to determine the best treatments for you, a welcome bottle of Australian sparkling wine and 2 treatments up to 2 hours. This add-on package is a great idea for those who consider the spa experience an important part of their vacation. The consultation will give you an idea of what's available to you at the resort so that you can get the most out of your spa vacation.
Enjoy stunning views of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef in Australia while walking on top of the world's largest barrier reef. This a protected habitat and a unique marine ecosystem. You will be able to admire a variety of wildlife from up close when you take a one-of-a-kind walk on top of the reef.
Once you are done, take a tour of the marine world under water in a specially designed boat with large windows through which you can see coral, sea turtles, colorful tropical fish and other sea creatures.
In addition to walking along the reef and glass bottom boat tours, the resort offers spectacular snorkeling just off the beach, turtle watching, whale watching, bird watching, great scuba diving, including unique night dives and an array of environmental programs.
Watch Sea Turtles Hatching on the Beach
Experience the wonder of little seas turtle emerging from their shells on a pristine sandy beach in. The resort's Junior Ranger Program, open to children ages 7 to 12, was developed by a team of marine biologists and naturalist guides. The kids' program offers a range of nature-based activities, including stunning reef walks, bird-watching and beach combing.
During their stay, children earn colorful badges, such as the "Three-Kilometre Badge" and the "Junior Ranger Badge." In addition to the badges, kids receive a Junior Rangers Workbook and a Junior Ranger Hat. The Junior Ranger Program costs $15 AUD per session per child.
If you are traveling with kids over 10, you can plan a family dive trip and explore the underwater wonders around the island. Younger children can go snorkeling and reef walking, letting them experience this incredible ecosystem from up close. Included in the cost of your stay is a selection of activities such as interpretative reef walks, reef creature talks, educational slide shows, tennis, snorkeling lessons and certain night activities.
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