I have had the best few weeks – first of all my parents came to visit for a couple of weeks and then my best friend came straight after so I have been busy busy!
Me and my parents went on a mini holiday to Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The island is accessed by ferry from Gladstone in QLD and takes about 2 hours to get there. The island is actually on the reef and is a national park – no cars, no phone reception, no internet, just sun, sea, sand and lots of wildlife.
It is a resort island and you can only go if you are a guest of the resort. This is great because it means no day trippers so the island is nice and quiet and relaxed. There are different levels of accommodation and most of it is fairly basic – dated but comfortable. Some of the more expensive options are a lot nicer and more modern (point suites).
We tried to pack as much into our short trip as possible – snorkelling trips, a trip in the semi-submersible on the reef, walks around the island and of course lots of beach time!
We were very lucky and witnessed baby turtles hatching and scrambling from their nest into the ocean – I did my best to keep all the gulls away but not all the turtles made it. There are strict rules preventing intervention with the wildlife so it was a little sad but still an amazing thing to witness.
The food was pretty average – there is one restaurant and the bar serves small bites. However the location is fabulous enough that the poor food doesn’t really matter.
This was the view from mum and dad’s room 😍 me and mum would get up early each morning and go for a chilly dip in the crystal clear waters before breakfast. Total bliss….
I had an incredible time on Heron island and would definitely return. If you are after 5 star luxury then this isn’t the place, but the scenery is just amazing.