Heron Island, a natural coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, consists of 104 rooms offering either direct beach access or glimpses of the sea through vegetation from the private balcony or terrace.
This exclusive island is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, with a number of nesting and breeding birds regularly seen on the island, including black noddy terns, wedge-tailed shearwaters and eastern reef egrets which visit annually between October and March. The beaches are an important breeding site for loggerhead and green turtles, who visit the island each year to lay their eggs. Guests can step outside their rooms and observe the hatchlings venturing to the sea between October and March.
Aside from the fantastic snorkelling from the island itself, there are 20 dive sites accessible within minutes of leaving the island and, if travelling between June and October, there may even be humpback whales passing the island on their annual migration.
The hotel's comfortable rooms all feature a balcony or terrace, ceiling fan, refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities, and without televisions or mobile reception, you can enjoy a natural escape to this spectacular hideaway.
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The world's largest coral reef system of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands covers an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The biggest single structure made by living organisms is composed of, and built by, billions of tiny coral polyps and is easily discernable from space.
Where: Queensland / East Coast
Ideal for viewing: dugong, green turtle, saltwater crocodile, white-bellied sea eagle, roseate tern