Heron Island Resort, featured in BBC series, Great Barrier Reef, occupies the NW corner of the island. The University of Queensland Heron Island Research Station has the SW quarter. The eastern half of the island is protected as part of the Capricornia Cays National Park.
We visited Heron in 2012 to dive, nature watch and generally chill. All three were great. This blog is a brief introduction to Heron Island. A second blog will show the Island's birds.
Heron Island is a significant nesting site for two threatened turtle species, the Green and the Loggerhead. It seems hard to believe that Heron Island was a cannery for turtle soup in the 1920s.
We went to Heron to dive the Great Barrier Reef. But we didn't have to go far to see some of the locals.
I cannot show you an amazing collection of diving photos as I have always found photography to be a distraction during onboard preparations and hazardous when trying to concentrate on the skills and safe practices of diving.
The facilities and organisation of the diving at Heron were good. However, we were disappointed in the poor state of the reefs around Heron with much coral bleaching and a limited abundance and diversity of marine life. It is OK but cannot match our best diving which was in Thailand. The Australians need to wake up to the fact that their environmental policies and practices contribute to the sad and serious decline of one of their greatest resources.
A second blog will show some of the bird species which live / nest on Heron Island.