Good news for all looking to fly to the Heron Islands. A new seaplane transfer has been introduced at Heron Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Guests can now enjoy a fantastic bird’s eye view of the sharks, turtles and whales in the turquoise waters of the reef before making a smooth landing on the waters just minutes from the Heron Island. All that in a short 25 minutes ride coming into the island from Gladstone.
The new service operated by Australia by Seaplane offers guests two choices to fly to the Heron Island – either a three-seater Cessna or a six-seater Beaver aircraft. The Cessna is the smaller of the two aircrafts with a seating capacity of three passengers. It takes off from Lake Ahwonga which is about 20 minutes from Gladstone Airport. Transfers from Gladstone to Lake Ahwonga will be provided in a Lexus or Hummer. All transfer costs are included in the package. The Beaver is the bigger of the two aircrafts, with a seating capacity of six, and being amphibious it can take off directly from Gladstone airport and land in the waters adjacent to Heron Island.
Both the flights cost $291 pp each way and there is a minimum number of passenger requirement. Flights depart between 7AM and 4.30PM from Gladstone and 8AM and 5.30PM from Heron Island, subject to the tides. The new seaplane transfers is an addition to the scenic helicopter transfers and the fantastic boat launch to Heron Island.