HERON IS­LAND, QLD

NEED AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD REEF EX­PE­RI­ENCE? SHARI NEMENTZIK KNOWS WHERE IT’S AT

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Travel -

Snorkelling with sea tur­tles, div­ing with sharks and sip­ping on a Toblerone cock­tail at sun­set is all in a day’s hol­i­day at Heron Is­land (Hero­nis­land.com). Just a hop, skip and a ferry from Glad­stone, QLD, you’ll find this exclusive is­land where sea life and hu­mans co-ex­ist in peace and there is no re­cep­tion. Be­fore you turn the page at the thought of a hol­i­day without so­cial me­dia, there is wi-fi avail­able, but I can guar­an­tee that up­dat­ing your Facebook sta­tus will fall to the way­side when you see all that Heron Is­land has to of­fer.

I flew from Syd­ney to Glad­stone, with a stopover in Brisve­gas, and then took a ferry from the ma­rina to Heron Is­land. The trip is only two hours and there’s a bar on board – there’s also the best gosh-darn scenery I’ve ever seen. Well, apart from Heron Is­land it­self. It’s a no­brainer why this is one of David At­ten­bor­ough’s favourite places in the world. With sand as white as my win­ter legs and crys­tal-clear oceans as far as the eye can see, it’s the per­fect spot for a ro­man­tic get­away. It’s on the Great Bar­rier Reef, which means you can walk out of your room and swim among manta rays, reef sharks and sea tur­tles – hump­back whales were spot­ted off the is­land a few days be­fore we ar­rived!

Take a walk around the whole is­land (it only takes 20 min­utes) and make sure you sign up for the Heron Is­land Re­search Sta­tion tour to find out more about the reef and get your hands wet in the touch tank (if you have the urge to know what sea cu­cum­ber ac­tu­ally feels like).

DOES IT GET BET­TER THAN THIS? YOU CAN SNORKLE ALL AROUND THE IS­LAND.

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