Heron Island is a natural wonderland to explore on the Great Barrier Reef. A true coral cay, located right on the Southern Great Barrier Reef the island is ribboned by white sands, crystal clear waters (swimmable all year) and acres of coral with beautifully coloured marine life. At this World Heritage-listed Marine National Park all flora and fauna is protected, so the island is a nature lover's paradise, where the emphasis is on enjoying natural beauty. Stress is replaced by adventure, and your days are filled with discovery. Heron offers many activities such as guided island and reef walks, research station tours, semi-submersible cruises and star gazing. An amazing array of animal and bird life can be discovered throughout the year, such as the delightful Green and Loggerhead Turtles that nest on the island between October and March, with hatchlings emerging between December to April. World famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling, . Experience some of Australia's best dive spots - more than 20 dive sites are available, half of which are only 15 minutes from the beach. To explore this amazing island it's just a boat ride (approximately two hours) or seaplane (approximately 30 minutes) from Gladstone.