Visitors may elect to prepare their own meals or may arrange for a caterer. Large groups can use one of the two large, fully-outfitted kitchens attached to the dining room. Those staying in the Researcher Cabins have access to the large communal kitchen and dining area in the centre of that complex and visitors staying in either of the houses have their own kitchens. Employing caterers out of one of the two main kitchens is an option regardless of where you are staying if they are available.
All kitchens are equipped with gas stoves, ovens and microwaves. Equipment inventories are available for each kitchen, links are below.
- Group Kitchens - Equipment
- Researcher Kitchens - Equipment
- Kingfisher House - Equipment
- Silvereye House - Equipment
A commercial caterer is available to handle your catering needs while at HIRS. Please make arrangements directly with the caterer. Groups wishing to self-cater may continue to do so upon approval by the University.
Good Food Solutions – John Guy – firstname.lastname@example.org – +61 439 427 766
Sample Menu (inclusive of kitchen charge) – please note, John does not have mobile coverage while on the Station, so email is the preferred method of contact. Examples of some of John's popular dishes below.
Pineapple & Coconut Salad BBQ
Barramundi with Lemon Potato
Fresh-baked Blueberry Muffins
Prices vary depending on group needs. Please note, minimum group numbers apply; discuss your needs with John when booking. Example costs are:
- Schools groups - $48.00 + GST per head per day, includes kitchen fee.
- Undergraduate groups - $52.50 + GST per head per day, includes kitchen fee.
- Conference/Workshop groups from $75.00 + GST per head per day, includes kitchen fee (via negotiation).
- Small Research groups and others by negotiation.
Self-catering Food Shipment
If you are self-catering you will need to organise your own food delivery. Groceries can be ordered either online or by email as indicated from the stores listed below. It pays to be specific with your order to ensure you get what you want. Food orders should be sent in by the Friday preceding the week you wish your food delivered. The supermarkets charge a make-up and packing fee which they include in their bill with your food order. Be aware that there will also be a HIRS freight charge.
*When ordering through Woolworths, please make sure you place Heron Island Research Station somewhere in the order - in the Delivery Instructions Section is a good place. It is also useful if you can incorporate your name and HIRS in the delivery address, e.g. John Smith, Heron Island Research Station, 11 Rooksby St, Gladstone. If Heron Island Research Station is not marked on the order, the food can be misplaced or delayed.
*Please enter the exact address as: Care PO, HERON ISLAND QLD 4680. You will then be able to select a delivery time-slot of Tuesday morning, this time-slot will appear as 7:00am - 2:00pm and all other days and time slots will appear as “sold out”. All orders placed for this address and time-slot will be sent out to the barge on the Tuesday morning and shipped over to the Island. Please complete and checkout your order before the cut-off, which is 12:00pm (midday) on Monday. Please also include some delivery instructions to be marked on your boxes, e.g. Heron Island Research Station, One Tree Island Research. Coles charge a $20.00 delivery fee for orders going to Heron Island.
Catering for large groups of people can pose many challenges. For groups not engaging the services of our professional caterer, we recommend at least one member of the group gains some training in the safe handling and preparation of food. Safe Food Handling Courses are available online from a range of training providers. For further information on food safety we recommend visiting Queensland Health.
All visitors are subject to compliance with the Heron Island Research Station Consumption of Alcohol Guidelines. High school groups are not permitted to bring or consume alcohol while on the station.
Some local hotels are familiar with the barge delivery service and will arrange for orders to be taken to the barge yard, charging to a credit card.
Possible hotels include:
Celebrations at Dicey's Gladstone: 07 4972 7999
Alcohol orders need to be submitted by the Friday preceding the barge delivery.