Transport to HIRS is by catamaran operated by Delaware North (Heron Island Resort) or seaplane. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance in case of adverse weather conditions or other delays.

Catamaran

The Heron Islander catamaran departs Gladstone Marina (Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone, Qld, 4680) five days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at approximately 2:00pm, arriving at Heron Island around 4:00pm. Station staff take care of your booking onto the catamaran if you select this option on your Station Booking Application Form. Clients need to be at the check-in desk at 1:00pm - no later than 1:30pm, ready to hand over their luggage, receive further instructions from the catamaran staff and obtain the required boarding pass. Please be aware HIRS groups will board the boat last and are asked to sit downstairs. Shirts and shoes are required.

Delaware North operate transfers from the Gladstone Airport to the Marina. Please select this option on your Station Booking Application if you wish to use this service and Station staff will arrange the transfer. Flight or catamaran delays may negatively impact your connections so we recommend you allow extra time and purchase travel insurance.

The airport bus transfer will meet incoming guests and depart the Gladstone Airport for the Marina at 12:40pm.

Please note: 

  • Departure and therefore arrival times vary daily due to sea conditions and other factors so times are approximate.
  • Luggage: capacity on the catamaran is limited and HIRS clients are limited to 2 bags of personal effects. Anything extra is classified as excess luggage (it is advisable that any clients with much excess luggage inform HIRS via email so we can advise the Marina) and will be charged as follows (prices subject to change):

0-5kg: $18.00
5-15kg: $27.00
15+kg: $38.00

  • Extra luggage and all equipment must be transferred to Heron Island by the barge service (see Food and Freight).

Upon arrival at Heron Island, HIRS Staff will meet you at the jetty, show you to the Station and provide an induction covering all the information necessary to ensure a productive and enjoyable visit.

Seaplane

Australia By Seaplane operates seaplane flights between Gladstone Airport and Heron Island. Seaplane transfers are subject to availability and tides so please confirm availability on all services with the Delaware North reservations team or direct with the operator to avoid disappointment. Please note that the Cessna Seaplane requires a minimum purchase of 2 seats to operate and the DeHavilland Seaplane requires a minimum purchase of 4 seats to operate.

  • Check in for seaplane transfers at least 30 minutes prior to departure at the Gladstone Airport.
  • Total baggage allowance is dependent on passenger weights and additional luggage can be transferred on the catamaran.
  • Contact Delaware North on +61 03 9429 3992 or Australia By Seaplane on 0419 669 575 or 0412 623 554.

Upon arrival at Heron Island, HIRS Staff will meet you at the jetty, show you to the Station and provide an induction covering all the information necessary to ensure a productive and enjoyable visit.