Heron Island Research Station can accommodate 150 visitors in a variety of accommodation styles. While all options are available, researchers are given priority for the new Researcher Cabins and the Kingfisher and Silvereye houses. Education groups are housed in the purpose-built dormitories and Conference groups will generally stay in the Researcher Cabins. All bedding is included in accommodation fees but please note that towels are not provided.

Researcher Cabins - Pandanus, Casuarina and Pisonia

The three researcher accommodation blocks, completed in 2009, are clustered around a communal kitchen/dining room and outdoor eating area with barbecue. Outdoor showers and a hanging area for wetsuits and towels are conveniently located at the entrance to the complex. A washer and dryer are also available in the complex for researcher use. Floor plan.


Each floor contains two rooms with a shared ensuite. The entry hall has a long bench and plenty of hooks for hanging items. Rooms are furnished with 2 single beds (upstairs) or 2 bunk beds (downstairs), cupboard and closet space, a small table and desk space for two. All rooms have a private balcony or deck, fans and plenty of screened windows to provide air flow. Total capacity in the researcher block is 36 beds.

Researcher Kitchen and Dining


The researcher kitchen and dining facility is large enough to accommodate a number of research groups wishing to self-cater. Two stoves, ovens and microwaves, three sinks and a commercial dishwasher are provided. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery and cooking utensils, individual cupboards for dry goods, large refrigerators and two freezers. 

Kingfisher House

The Kingfisher House (formerly known as the Director's house) is self-contained and can sleep up to 9 in its 3 bedrooms. It is the furthest removed from the rest of the station and is popular with researchers staying for extended periods of time. The kitchen is stocked with basic equipment for self-catering, there is a comfortable lounge room and an expansive deck with views through the trees to the beach and reef.

Silvereye House

Silvereye (formerly known as the VIP House) has a large open plan dining/lounge room with a well-stocked kitchen upstairs and separate kitchenette downstairs. Its three bedrooms sleep 7 in two bunks and three single beds which are ideal for small research groups.


There are a number of outdoor BBQ areas with tables and benches available for visitor use.

Student Accommodation - Heron, Noddy and Shearwater Dormitories


The three adjoining student dormitories are arranged around a communal outside seating area containing benches and picnic tables. Each dorm contains four rooms. Heron 1 & 2 are tutor rooms, each containing four beds and an ensuite bathroom. Heron 3 & 4 and the eight rooms in Noddy and Shearwater each contain eight bunk beds, sleeping a total of 80 students. The ablutions block is adjacent to the dormitories and includes a large area for rinsing and storing dive and snorkel gear. A washer and dryer are also provided for those staying for longer periods.