LIVING AND WORKING ON HERON ISLAND
Where is Heron Island?
- Heron Island is a coral cay located near the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 km north-east of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, and 460 km north-north-west of the state capital Brisbane.
- The island is situated on the leeward (western) side of Heron Reef, a fringing platform reef of significant biodiversity, supporting around 900 of the 1,500 fish species and 72% of the coral species found on the Great Barrier Reef
- The island is about 800 metres (2,600 feet) long and 300 metres (980 feet) at its widest, giving an area of approximately 16 hectares (40 acres).
History and Facts
- Heron Island has come a long way from its first use as a turtle cannery in the 1920s.
- It is now an idyllic island offering the best of both worlds: an escape on an island resort with a wildlife experience that ignites the senses. The island itself is a coral cay, which began forming around 6,000 years ago.
- Francis Blackwood on the H.M.S Fly discovered the cay in 1843 while looking for shipping channels through the Great Barrier Reef.
- The ship's geologist named it Heron Island after he noticed the large number of reef herons feeding on the cay's reef.