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Heron Island Research Station is situated in the heart of one of Australia's most bio-diverse environments, the Great Barrier Reef. The Station is dedicated to supporting research and education in Australia's marine environment. The facility attracts national and international visitation from high schools to Universities alike and plays a crucial role in advancing cutting edge research and promoting the importance of Australia's wonderful marine habitats.

By supporting the Heron Island Research Station, your gift will contribute to ground breaking research, advancing global education and creating a sustainable future. Visit UQ Giving today! To find out more, or email us at

Become a Friend of the Station

Supporters who give more than $500 (tax deductible) can become a Friend of the Station. As a Friend of the Station, you receive a free supporter t-shirt, a personalised tour of the Research Station, acknowledgement of your support with your name on a plaque on the Station as well as your name printed in the Island Research Newsletter which you will receive a copy of each year.

Mailing List

We maintain an Island Research Station mailing list where we post updates and relevant Research Station news. Subscribe today to keep in touch.


While the Heron Island Research Station does not currently have an active volunteer program, they do have researchers who require volunteers at times. For a list of researchers who use the Station, please visit our Research Activities page. You can contact these researchers to inquire about volunteering with their research groups.

Purchase Merchandise

A range of affordable merchandise, souvenirs and books are available on the Station. Hats, caps, polo shirts, singlets, rashies and t-shirts in a number of designs and sizes as well as a variety of souvenirs can be found for sale in the Administration Office. If you can't make it to HIRS, please email or call to discuss purchasing an item via mail order.

Catch up on News

We publish a newsletter about activities at our Island Research Stations annually. The Island Research Stations Newsletter describes events, news, upgrades, scholarships and research on the Islands and provides a unique insight into Island life. Download our fifth Island Research Stations Newsletter (7MB) today!

2017 Newsletter
2016 Newsletter
2015 Newsletter
2014 Newsletter
2013 Newsletter