Getting here…

With such a secluded, discreet and disconnected island there is only one way you can get to Wilson Island and this requires a short stopover (or perhaps a combined extended stay) at the world-famous Heron Island as part of your passage to paradise.

Access to Wilson Island via Heron Island

Wilson Island is just a 30-minute boat ride from Heron Island which is located 80 km offshore from Gladstone.

The transfers between Heron and Wilson Islands have been scheduled to meet with the Heron Islander launch transfer. The transfer to Wilson Island will depart Heron Island at approximately 2.00pm. The return transfer will depart Wilson Island after check out at 10.00am. Transfer times between Heron and Wilson Islands are subject to tide and weather conditions and may vary accordingly.

In rare instances of extreme weather conditions, access to Wilson Island may be restricted. In these circumstances, alternate accommodation, activities and dining options will be arranged on Heron Island.

Getting to Heron Island


Depending on your preference you can get to Heron Island by sea or air transfer.

Air Connections

Take a 30-minute scenic flight in either a helicopter or seaplane from Gladstone Airport to Heron Island. Baggage allowance for flight transfers is limited to one suitcase and one small carry-on item of hand luggage. A limit of up to a maximum of 15 kg per person applies and is subject to change. Baggage weight limits are restricted to a total carriage weight limit that includes both baggage and guest weights. Flight transfers are weather and tide dependent.


Sea Connections

A courtesy coach departs from Gladstone Airport to connect with the Heron Island launch service at Gladstone Marina, to connect with the Heron Island launch service. The launch departs Gladstone Marina at 9.30 am and returns to the marina at 3.15 pm daily, except Tuesday and Thursday. There are no launch transfers on Christmas Day, however transfers will operate on Boxing Day instead. The boat trip between Gladstone and Heron Island takes approximately two hours each way.

For information regarding the cost of transfers between Gladstone and Heron Island please contact our Reservations Team or visit the Heron Island website.


Located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, around 80 km north east off the coast of Gladstone, accessible only via Heron Island. Gladstone is 534 km north of Brisbane and 1,183 km south of Cairns.


Terms and Conditions

Wilson Island is closed from 1 February to 1 April for bird breeding season by Queensland National Parks.

Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Queensland Australia

Phone: 1800 336 051



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