HERON ISLAND, QLD
NEED AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD REEF EXPERIENCE? SHARI NEMENTZIK KNOWS WHERE IT’S AT
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.