Heron Island is located approximately 80 kilometers off the eastern coast of Australia at the most southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The two hour boat trip leaves from the coastal town of Gladstone, Queensland. Most flights will fly into Brisbane first, then a flight change from Brisbane to Gladstone.

Note that the boat departure times have changed from previous conferences and now depart Gladstone in the early afternoon, and return to Gladstone just after midday. 

Please inform Ann Chidgey if you are taking the seaplane or helicopter so we can remove you from the Launch manifest.


Bookings and payment to be organized by delegates.

Contact Details: Gary Robertson
Tel: (+61) 0455990156

Check-in is at the Gladstone Airport - Charter Service Lounge in the arrivals terminal after collecting your luggage.

Cost: AUD$349 per person each way.

Maximum luggage allowance is 15kg per person including hand luggage. Excess luggage can be transferred on the boat.

Gladstone flight arrival/departure times and individual body weights need to be advised at the time of booking.



 Gladstone to Heron Island

The boat departs Gladstone Marina at 2:00pm (EST) and arrives at Heron Island at 4:30pm (EST) every day except for Tuesdays and Thursdays. To connect with the 2:00pm launch departure to Heron Island, we recommend a flight arrival into Gladstone no later than 12:40pm. Please note, Delaware North or conference organisers do not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes.

Guests arriving into Gladstone will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the Marina. Please make your way to the front of the Terminal once you have collected your luggage to meet the bus transfer service (transfer departs approx. 1:00pm). 

NOTE: ROOM CHECK-IN will be at the Marina Complex prior to boat departure. Please arrive at Marina around 13:00 for check in.

If you are making your own way to Gladstone Marina you will find it at Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone. The Gladstone Yacht Club is close by (approx. 10 min walking from the marina) across the park if you arrive early and looking for refreshments or lunch. Luggage can be stored at the Delaware Office in the Marina Complex.

Heron Island to Gladstone

The boat departs Heron Island at 10:00am (EST) and arrives at Gladstone Marina at 12:30pm (EST) every day except for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guests departing via Gladstone Airport will be transferred from the Marina to the airport on arrival.

The launch service from Heron Island connects with flights departing from Gladstone from 1:45pm onwards. While the boat transfer does meet these flights, this is weather and tides permitting. Please note, Delaware North or conference organisers do not accept responsibility for flight delays or flight schedule changes. Travel Insurance is highly recommended.


·      The boat operates every day except Tuesdays, Thursdays
·      Should the Heron Islander be unavailable on any particular day, Delaware reserves the right to operate the transfer on an alternative vessel.

Bookings to be organized by delegates

Contact Details: OR

Important: Departure Times are restricted to Heron Island tide times for landing in/departing from, the lagoon. There are only two planes available so book early.

On Wednesday 21st March, the tide window for flights from Gladstone to Heron Island will be 0800 - 1330. Departure times out of Gladstone to Heron Island will be: first flight 0800; second flight 10:00;  third flight 12:00.

On Monday 26th March 2018, the tide window for flights departing from Heron Island will be from 1445 - 1700. Departure times off Heron Island to Gladstone will be: first flight 1500; second flight 1700. 

Gladstone to Heron Island: $349.00 one-way per passenger(including children)

Current seat availability on the Seaplane (as of January 9, 2018)

Wednesday 21 March 2018
Gladstone to Heron 0800:  3 seats
Gladstone to Heron 1000: 1 seat

Monday 26 March 2018
Heron to Gladstone  0700:  2 seats
Heron to Gladstone  1700: 2 seats

Australia by Seaplane, operates the scenic transfers daily (excluding Christmas Day) between 7am and 4.30pm from Gladstone; and between 8am and 5.30pm from Heron Island, subject to availability, tides times and payload (weight restrictions). Baggage allowance 15kg per person (including hand luggage). Transfer time is 25 minutes. Individual body weights must be advised at the time of booking. A minimum of 2 passengers (for the Cessna) and 4 passengers for the (Beaver) per flight are required to operate seaplane transfers.

Arriving into Gladstone, please make your way to the Australia by Seaplane Office, close to the main Gladstone Airport Terminal. After collecting your luggage at the baggage carousel, please exit the main Airport Terminal and turn right, and you will find the Australia by Seaplane Office 100 metres from the Gladstone Airport (look for the cream building with the 'Australia by Seaplane' sign). Please allow 75 minutes prior to arrival and departure to allow for check-in procedures.

On arrival and departure from Heron Island, you will alight the seaplane in the tropical shallow water up to knee height so please dress appropriately. Seaplane flights are subject to reconfirmation of tide times within 6 weeks of departure. Should the time of your flight vary, you will be contacted immediately to advise.

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