44 miles off the beautiful Queensland coastline, a speck of green and white interrupts the endless blue of the Coral Sea. This speck is Heron Island, a place where natural beauty abounds and life moves at a languorous pace.
AT A GLANCE
Heron Island is a coral cay that’s surrounded by 24 sq. km of reef, and thanks to its remote location, retains an air of the untouched. Its natural beauty is truly something to behold, and it will immediately justify the efforts you made to get there. Think deserted white sand beaches, lush vegetation and an underwater world of bright colours and exotic wildlife.
WHAT TO SEE
When you’re in the middle of the Coral Sea, surrounded by sparkling waters and a stretch of pristine reef, diving and snorkelling will no doubt take up most of your time. The scuba diving here really is exceptional, and you’ll be worlds away from the busier sections of the Great Barrier Reef. That’s right, there’s no chance your views will obscured by the fins of a diver ahead of you when you’re on Heron Island. And so dense is the reef and the ecosystems it supports, if you prefer to snorkel than dive, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views by simply bobbing on the crystalline surface. Back on dry land, we’d encourage you to embark on a private island ecology tour and enjoy spotting bird life. Then, as night falls, lie down on the sands and look up. The star gazing here is simply breath-taking.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s not often that we genuinely feel like we’ve discovered a beach paradise that’s managed to remain off the mainstream tourism trail, but Heron Island is exactly that. As soon as we arrived, we felt like we’d been let in on Australia’s best kept secret, and we’re quietly passing the secret on to you in the hope you get to experience that same feeling one day. Just try not to spread the word too far, this place is far too precious.