Heron Island Visitor Information


Getting There

Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Gladstone (GLT) with Qantas & Virgin Australia. Gladstone is a 1 hour and 20 minute flight from Brisbane (or a 6 hour drive from Brisbane). Australian residents can check with TravelOnline for the best available airfares.

Launch Transfers

Arrival: Note: Launch service operates every day except Tuesday, Thursday & Christmas Day. Coach service operates Monday, Wednesday & Friday only.

Arrival: Flights into Gladstone must arrive no later than 8.00am. A coach (additional cost) departs Gladstone Airport on selected days at approximately 8.00am to connect with the launch. Guests making their own way to Gladstone Marina, can check in for the boat from 7.45am. The launch departs Gladstone Marina at 9.30am on selected days and arrives Heron Island at approximately 12.30pm.

Departure: Departure: Launch transfers depart Heron Island at 12.45pm. Arrival into Gladstone is 3.45pm and coach transfers to the airport are available from 3.45pm. Connecting flights must depart from 4.45pm or later. To fully confirm launch transfers, arrival and departure details for Gladstone must be advised.

**Timings are subject to weather and tides. Heron Island does not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes.

Car lock up facilities at Gladstone Marina: Security car lock up facilities are available at Gladstone Marina. Please see Voyages staff at the marina on arrival.

Seaplane Transfers

Beaver Requires a minimum of 4 guests and has a total of 6 seats.
Note: Beaver can depart from Gladstone Airport and land in the water adjacent to Heron Island, therefore no transfers will be provided. Flight time to/from Heron Island approximately 25 minutes.

Important Note: Not recommended for people with serious mobility issues as both aircraft have a very short step ladder (3 steps up)

Baggage Allowance: Please note a luggage restriction of 15kg per person (soft suitcases preferred) including hand luggage applies at all times and passenger body weights are to be advised at time of booking due to strict weight limitations on each flight. For further information regarding seaplane flights, please speak to one of the Reservations Consultants.

Marine Helicopter Charter

Take in the natural beauty of the region before you arrive at your destination. Book a 30 minute Marine Helicopter charter from Gladstone Airport to Heron Island and you'll be relaxing or snorkelling on the reef around at Heron Island in no time at all.

Important Note: Marine Helicopter Charter operates the scenic transfers daily, subject to weather constraints.

Baggage Allowance: Please note a luggage restriction of 15kg per person (soft suitcases or bags preferred) including hand luggage. Extra baggage can be taken on the launch transfer and will arrive later in the day (please keep this information in mind as your luggage may not arrive in time for your outgoing flight). For further information regarding Marine Helicopter Charter, please speak to one of the Reservations Consultants.


The Resort Shop and boutique stocks clothing, souvenirs, confectionery, magazines, newspapers, toiletries and voltage adaptors (voltage on Heron is 240V A.C.)

What to bring to Heron Island

Casual resorts wear for daytime and smart casual for evenings. Also include suitable footwear for beach and island walks.

Tips for travelling to Heron Island

- Check in time is 3.00pm. If you are arriving on a flight before 3.00pm, we recommend that you carry a 'day bag' with swimming costumes etc. Change rooms and shower facilities are available in the Departure Lounge
- Credit card details will be required on arrival to set up room charge accounts. All major cards accepted.
- Reception Hours 8.30am - 7.00pm
- Complimentary guest laundry and ironing boards (powder can be purchased from the resort shop)
- As Heron Island is a National Park and a prime nesting ground you will expect to see bird dropping and hear birds chirping. Ear plugs are available from reception.
- If scuba diving is on your agenda, please bring along a medical certificate, or if more advanced proof of diving certification is strongly recommended.