If you're a nature lover, Heron Island really is a special place. It's a natural coral cay 89kms off the coast of Queensland. You don’t have to take any special boat trips to experience one of the wonders of the world. The reef, with a myriad of colourful coral and reef fish, is right there, at your fingertips, right off the beach.
In the crystal clear aquamarine waters surrounding the island, stunning coral gardens and sea creatures great and small flourish in abundance and colour. They make Heron Island a natural place for divers, swimmers, and people who love to snorkel. The resort also offers an array of choices for those who like to explore and laze on beaches far from crowds, with no reef “day-trippers” to spoil the peace and quiet.
If starting your day with a sunrise and finishing it off with a spectacular sunset is your thing, Heron Island is your island. The nature itself is absolutely spectacular. Scuba divers come back again and again to fully discover the 20 dive sites that are just minutes off the island. Heron Island is small enough to walk around in 20 minutes, yet it has an abundance of wildlife that will truly amaze. Turtles return year after year to lay their eggs and guests can gather just outside their rooms to watch the hatchlings make their way to the water.
Come June you may see whales passing by on their annual pilgrimage. Nesting season sees the island's resident human population well outnumbered by birds. The island's “twitchers list” (available from the information centre) lists no fewer than 19 birds; two of which (the Black Noddy and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater) visit annually from October to March to breed.
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